School prevented me from going overboard on the Grammy coverage this year. So in hot anticipation of this year’s ceremony in just 2 hours (and the first time I’m eating pasta in 2008), here’s my quickie run-down of who I call to win in the categories I’m concerned with. We’ll see how right I am…

UPDATE 2/11/08: How’d I do? Updates in bold.

Record of The Year: Umbrella – Rihanna Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Album of The Year: Graduation – Kanye West River: Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock

Song of the Year (Songwriter’s Award): Amy Winehouse – Rehab

Best New Artist: Amy Winehouse (and to celebrate she’ll OD and die…)

Best Female Pop: Say It Right – Nelly Furtado (longshot) Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Best Male Pop: What Goes Around… – Justin Timberlake

Best Group Pop: Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

Best Collabo Pop: Gone Gone Gone – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Pop Vocal Album: Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Best Dance Recording: Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna LoveStoned – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Album:  – Justice We Are The Night – Chemical Brothers

Best Rock Solo: Timebomb – Beck Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen

Best Alternative Album:  Volta – Bjork Icky Thump – White Stripes

Best Female R & B: No One – Alicia Keys

Best Male R & B: Woman – Raheem DeVaughn (Big up Baltimore!!) Future Baby Mama – Prince

Best Group R & B: Hate That I Love You – Rihanna & Ne-Yo Disrespectful – Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige

Best Urban Alternative: Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco &  Jill Scott

Best R & B Album: Funk This – Chaka Khan

Best Rap Solo: Stronger – Kanye West

Best Group Rap: Southside – Common & Kanye

Best Rap/Sung: Let It Go – Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, & Lil’ Kim Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z

Best Rap Album: Finding Forever – Common Graduation – Kanye West

Best Soundtrack: Hairspray Love (The Beatles)

Best Song for a Movie:  Song of the Heart – Prince (Happy Feet) Love You I Do – Dreamgirls

Producer of the Year: Timbaland Mark Ronson

Best Remixer: Dirty South Benny Benassi

Best Musical Show Album: Spring Awakening!!

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