Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win What?

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Each year the act of predicting which artists will take home a Grammy becomes one of pop music’s great guessing games. Someone picks a category, and everyone becomes a pundit. That includes us. We want your comments, too. Do you think our choices are right? Watch the show with us this Sunday night, and join our LIVE BLOG commentary right here at 8 pm.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Beyonce: “Irreplaceable”
This screed about how the value of self-important men begins with a set of instructions: “To the left, to the left/ Everything you own in a box to the left.” Wonder how Jay-Z took that line?

Foo Fighters: “The Pretender”
Moderate rock, Dave Grohl-style: loud, passionate, dynamic, classic, and prog. Don’t forget the mildly rousing refrain of “Who are you?” But, sorry, it’s still boring.

Rihanna: “Umbrella”
Barbados’ answer to Madonna returned with a Jerry Bruckheimer-sized blockbuster of a disc, and this song, which stuck in our heads for the entire summer, was the centerpiece.

Justin Timberlake: “What Goes Around . . . Comes Around”
When coupled with Timbaland’s production, Justin’s soft-pop R&B added up to a great big rock opera.

Amy Winehouse: “Rehab”
They tried to make her go to rehab; she said no, no, no. Then she said yes, got some help in London, was denied a U.S. entry visa, and can’t perform at the Grammys. Too bad, since the song so thoroughly sums up the problems of 2007.

SHOULD WIN: “Rehab”
WILL WIN: “Umbrella”

BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM

Common: Finding Forever
Half hard, half hippie. Working the poetic tip, he keeps his political and philosophical ideas up front. Kanye’s production, even when it’s florid, does a great job of selling ‘em.

Nas: Hip-Hop Is Dead
Big indictment from the Queens MC, but Nas is nothing if not a provocateur. Though it’s not a home run, it’s gripping. And that flow of his can still make your jaw drop.

Jay-Z: Kingdom Come
Jigga bounced back, and there were lots of sharp moments, but it also felt like the true glory days of this mic fiend are gone. The American Gangster soundtrack is way stronger.

TI: T.I. vs T.I.P.
Yep, Mr. Split Personality may have been at war with himself, but that tension provided for revealing glimpse into the king of Dirty South’s psyche.

Kanye West: Graduation
Haughty is as haughty does. Hip-hop’s most reliable MC hasn’t given up on positioning himself as hip-hop’s most successful MC. But his bluster has oodles of creativity behind it, no question.

SHOULD WIN: Graduation
WILL WIN: Graduation

“Best New Artist” category after the jump.

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You Name It: Chris Checks It Out

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Lots of photos simply beg for a narrative. Whether it’s nasty or silly is up to you — we want you to feel free to read the minds of the celebs and weirdos in our images. Write your title for the photo below in our comments section. Extra points for creativity! First up: Chris & Rihanna.

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American Idol Day 8: Even God Can’t Help Them Now

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Auditions: Best of the Best and Worst of the Rest

Now that we’re only a week away from the start of the Hollywood competition, last night’s American Idol treated us to a mélange of the best and worst auditions from the road. The episode featured tabloid-worthy behavior from both the contestants and the judges, interrupted by the occasional display of talent. Ranging from the unexpected to the totally taboo, here are some highlights, in headlines:

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Fashion Week Frenzy: Mary Alice Stephenson Backstage

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Mary Alice Stephenson, America’s Most Smartest Model host and Harper’s Bazaar contributing fashion editor, went backstage at Fashion Week to bring you, dear readers, an inside look at the best and brightest emerging designers. In the video above, she attends three shows: Alexander Wang, Elise Overland and Reyes, another Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award-winner. Check out all the action above, and see the looks from Reyes after the jump.

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Christina’s Post-Baby Bod Rocks

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Christina Aguilera hit up a Best Buy in West Hollywood this week to sign copies of her new DVD, but the real exciting part of her first post-baby appearance was her awesome mom bod! Christina is looking big in all the right places, and we’re pleased to see her embrace her position as Hollywood’s newest – and hottest – MILF, at only 27-years old. Her pregnancy has also helped her creativity to blossom, as she told Ryan Seacrest earlier in the day, “I’m very excited! I’m so inspired. This whole incredible thing that’s taken place in my life, between the pregnancy and the birth… I’ve got so much in me to write about.”

She also divulged the deets on her son Max’s bris: “He did have a bris! It was really interesting because I’m not Jewish, but my husband is. I never really knew a lot of Jewish people growing up, I never knew about a bris. It’s all a learning process. Of course, we’re such a non-conventional couple that we had penis balloons everywhere.”

It’s good to know that she’s still the same dirrrty girl deep inside, even with a baby on her hip. More pics of the singer’s sexy new look below!

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Celeb Kids: Our Parents Used to Bone

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From the Department of Awkward Meetings: At last night’s Gucci party, Madonna brought along daugther Lourdes. Also in attendance was Lenny Kravitz‘s daughter Zoe from his relationship with Lisa Bonet. Just two celebrity progeny attending the same party. Nothing to see here, right? Wrong. Back in 1990, Lenny teamed up with Madonna to write “Justify My Love,” and allegedly, they decided to do a little justifying of their own. Lenny took a break from Bonet for Madge, meaning that Zoe was confronted with the woman who effectively ended her parents’ relationship last night.

Zoe’s not the only person who might have a problem with Madge and Len’s relationship. Just two years ago, Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie dragged Madonna off the dancefloor when she was seen getting down with Lenny.

Britney Busts Out of Psych Ward

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Britney’s back on the loose, so watch your toes as her wheels wizz by. The pop princess busted out of her recent home – the UCLA Hospital psych ward – yesterday, where she was being treated for a serious bi-polar disorder. What ensued was a typical Brit-day: speeding, wigs, British accent, car towing, a visit to the Beverly Hills Hotel followed by a stop at her lawyer’s office. Not surprisingly, her parents are pissed off about the whole thing. We’re hoping this is just a pit stop before Brit heads off for more help, but we’re not yet convinced that she actually wants any.

Thursday: Kiki Dunst Relaxes in Rehab

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kirstendunst.jpgKirsten Dunst: Another rehabbing starlet
Kiki skips town for the Cirque Lodge, Lindsay Lohan’s old rehab haunt. Think she got in confused with a club? [Star]

Jay-Z Pushing for His Own Label
He can’t retire from anything: Jay-Z wants back in the boardroom, and is in talks with Warner Music about starting up his own label called the Carter Music Group. [NYDN]

Is Eva Expecting?
Mrs. Tony Parker was spotted shopping for baby clothes. Our guess – she’s not knocked up but likes the attention. [NYDN]
Winehouse Wants the Grammys
She’s visa-less and still kind of in rehab, but the beehived beauty is desperate to get to the States for some Grammy action. [NYDN]
K-Fed Bails on Brit for Fashion Show
Britney’s ex tries to get as far away from her as possible by going somewhere he knows she’ll never be – a place of high fashion and taste. [Us]

Fashion Week Frenzy: Alexander Wang’s Dirty, Pretty Things

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wang.jpgAt times it seems that Fashion Week is a non-stop parade of sophistication, beautiful people clad in high-end apparel made by and for people who schedule items like “cocktail party” and “debutante ball” in their calendars. Then there’s the other kind of show — like the one from young designer Alexander Wang, which was scary, strong and beyond beautiful. Mary Alice Stephenson, America’s Most Smartest Model host and Harper’s Bazaar contributing fashion editor, gave us the lowdown on Wang, another winner of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award, which honors emerging designers. He showed his collection in an art gallery space appointed with a smoke machine, strobe light and dirty runway. The clothes were stage-ready, and his models all had attitude to spare. Spotted in the crowd were Wang’s business partner, model Erin Wasson, photographer Terry Richardson, and Alexandra Richardson, daughter of Keith. More after the jump.

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