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Predicting the Grammys

We try to guess who will take home five of the big awards on February 11

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TAKING THE LONG WAY Dixie Chicks
ST. ELSEWHERE Gnarls Barkley
CONTINUUM John Mayer
STADIUM ARCADIUM Red Hot Chili Peppers
FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS Justin Timberlake

WHO SHOULD WIN Gnarls. Their expansive debut was both of the moment and totally timeless. WHO WILL WIN So what if Nashville hates ’em? The Chicks are likely to charm the more liberal Grammy voters.


RECORD OF THE YEAR

BE WITHOUT YOU Mary J. Blige
YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL James Blunt
NOT READY TO MAKE NICE Dixie Chicks
CRAZY Gnarls Barkley
PUT YOUR RECORDS ON Corinne Bailey Rae

WHO SHOULD WIN Call us, y’know, crazy…but we’re all about Gnarls’ sheer sonic ambition. WHO WILL WIN It’s never wise to count out the Chicks, but with a show-leading eight nods, Blige seems poised to sweep.


BEST POP PERFORMANCE (DUO OR GROUP)

MY HUMPS Black Eyed Peas
I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK Death Cab…
OVER MY HEAD (CABLE CAR) The Fray
IS IT ANY WONDER? Keane
STICKWITU The Pussycat Dolls

WHO SHOULD WIN The Fray. Sometimes we just like to see nice guys finish first. WHO WILL WIN The night’s oddest lineup (the Dolls and the Peas versus all of those whiny emo boys? Jeepers!) will wind up in a Fray.


SONG OF THE YEAR (AWARDED TO SONGWRITER)

BE WITHOUT YOU Mary J. Blige
JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL Carrie Underwood
NOT READY TO MAKE NICE Dixie Chicks
PUT YOUR RECORDS ON Corinne Bailey Rae
YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL James Blunt

WHO SHOULD WIN That sound you hear? Oh, that’s just us, whistling Dixie. WHO WILL WIN A strong category (save Blunt’s too-repetitive ditty), but voters won’t be able to deny the pull of noblesse o’Blige.


BEST NEW ARTIST

James Blunt
Chris Brown
Imogen Heap
Corinne Bailey Rae
Carrie Underwood

WHO SHOULD WIN Reader, take the wheel: We vote for Carrie. WHO WILL WIN Rae and Heap aren’t well-known enough; Brown’s too slight; and the Blunt backlash is strong. Country music had a huge year, so this is Underwood’s to lose.

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