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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, December 07, 2004

    Grammy predictions

    The top nominees are:
  • R&B crooners Alicia Keys and Usher. 8
  • Ray Charles, 7
  • Pop-punk Green Day, 6

  • Among the popular categories, nominees were: (click on the links to hear them)

    Record of the Year:
    "Let's Get It Started," The Black Eyed Peas
    "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones
    "American Idiot," Green Day
    "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys
    "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
    --> My thots: This is a hard one because I like The Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones, Green Day and Usher a LOT. If this show follows the overall trend from past shows, Usher will win, but Green Day expressed what a lot of Californians feel about the election.

    Album of the Year:
    "Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and Various Artists
    "American Idiot," Green Day
    "The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys
    "Confessions," Usher
    "The College Dropout," Kanye West
    --> My thots: Again this may come down to Green Day and Usher.

    Song of the Year:
    "Daughters," John Mayer (John Mayer)
    "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
    "Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
    "Live Like You Were Dying," Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw)
    "The Reason," Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb (Hoobastank).
    --> My thots: My favorites would have to be Kanye and Hoobastank. Hoobastank was a favorite among girls this year for their wailing emotion.

    New Artist:
    Los Lonely Boys
    Maroon 5
    Joss Stone
    Kanye West
    Gretchen Wilson
    --> My thots: Maroon 5 (although they've been slowly climbing up and are not really "new.") or Joss Stone.

    Female Pop Vocal Performance:
    "Oceania," Bjork
    "The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow
    "Sunrise," Norah Jones
    "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani
    "You Had Me," Joss Stone
    --> My thots: Gwen Stefani, but Sheryl Crows always stuck in people's minds.

    Male Pop Vocal Performance:
    "Let's Misbehave," Elvis Costello
    "You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban
    "Daughters," John Mayer
    "Cinnamon Girl," Prince
    "Love's Divine," Seal
    --> My thots: Prince for his wonderful comeback year.

    Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal:
    "My Immortal," Evanescence
    "The Reason," Hoobastank
    "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys
    "She Will Be Loved," Maroon 5
    "It's My Life," No Doubt
    --> My thots: Maroon 5 and No Doubt will duke this out.

    Rap Solo Performance:
    "On Fire," Lloyd Banks
    "Just Lose It," Eminem
    "99 Problems," Jay-Z
    "Overnight Celebrity," Twista
    "Through the Wire," Kanye West
    --> My thots: Jay-Z -- his "retirement" completes his notoriety. I also wonder why Eminem's other song, "Mosh" didn't get nominated when it's a better single than "Just Lose It."

    Rap Performance by a Duo or Group:
    "Ch-Check It Out," Beastie Boys
    "Let's Get It Started," The Black Eyed Peas
    "Don't Say Nuthin'," The Roots
    "Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
    "Lean Back," Terror Squad
    --> My thots: My current favorite is Snoop and Pharrell's song, but I love how Beastie Boys came back.

    Rap/Sung Collaboration:
    "Why," Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton
    "Dip It Low," Christina Milian featuring Fabolous
    "Slow Jamz," Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
    "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
    "All Falls Down," Kanye West and Syleena Johnson
    --> My thots: If Usher doesn't win any other awards, he may just get this one. Although, Jadakiss' single was a socially conscious breath of fresh air.

    Rap Song:
    "Drop It Like It's Hot," Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo, S. Thomas and Pharrell Williams (Snoop Dogg)
    "Hey Mama," Will Adams and Anthony Henry (The Black Eyed Peas)
    "Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
    "Let's Get It Started," Will Adams, Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon, Jr., Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki (The Black Eyed Peas)
    "99 Problems," Shawn Carter and Rick Rubin (Jay-Z)
    --> My thots: This is a hard one, because they're all good, but out of all them, I would say, "Jesus Walks." Kanye West made it cool to believe.

    Rap Album:
    "To the 5 Boroughs," Beastie Boys
    "The Black Album," Jay-Z
    "The DEFinition," LL Cool J
    "Suit," Nelly
    "The College Dropout," Kanye West.
    --> My thots: The Beastie Boys, but I like Nelly's collaboration with Tim McGraw

    Comment on your favs! Or vote on if the Grammys stlil matter.


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