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Remember last year’s Oscars, when Beyoncé (pictured) sang three of the five nominated songs? Yeah, I know, that was kinda weird, right? (Though not as weird as Antonio Banderas pinch-hitting on ”Al Otro Lado del Rio.”)

Anyhow, this year the Academy only nominated three songs, but considering how Hustle & Flow‘s ”It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and Transamerica‘s ”Travelin’ Thru” are at opposite ends of the musical spectrum (rap and country), the question comes up as to whether Oscar can find one artist who’s capable of tackling both country and rap. Yeah, Cowboy Troy is the obvious choice, but Stereogum’s clip of Cat Power attempting ”The Real Slim Shady” makes a compelling case for the artist who just got a B+ from EW. If I were in charge, though, I’d pick Nellie McKay, whose 2004 debut, Get Away From Me, boldly crossed genre lines without ever sounding forced. Plus, girlfriend is currently operating sans label; she could use the publicity.

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