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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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Mary J. Blige – Just Fine (Moto Blanco Radio Edit)
Of course they would tap out Moto for the remix. It’s a recipe for success!!

Jill Scott – Hate On Me (Sole Channel Remix Edit ft Mr. V)
And in the same vein another remix for Jilly’s hot single from earlier in the Fall!!

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Okay, so if you weren’t around at the beginning of 2007, you may have missed how the Grammy’s are basically like my SuperBowl (just like Kanye West). I can’t wait to watch them, & even stay up past my bedtime to enjoy the whole long affair! So I’ll delve into categories & my picks closer to the actual ceremony. For now, here’s the categories & nominees that interest me most!
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Record of the Year: Irreplaceable – Beyonce, The Pretender – Foo Fighters, Umbrella – Rihanna, What Goes Around – Justin Timberlake, Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Album of the Year: Echoes Silence Patience & Grace – Foo Fighters, These Days – Vince Gill, River – Herbie Hancock, Graduation – Kanye West, Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Song of the Year (Songwriter’s Award): Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood), Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s), Like A Star (Corinne Bailer Rae), Rehab (Amy Winehouse), Umbrella (Rihanna)Best New Artist: Feist, Ledisi, Paramore, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse
Best Female Pop: Candyman – Christina Aguilera, 1234 – Feist, Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie, Say It Right – Nelly Furtado, Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Best Male Pop: Everything – Michael Buble, Belief – John Mayer, Dance Tonight – Paul McCartney, Amazing – Seal, What Goes Around… – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group: Make A Memory – Bon Jovi, Home Daughtry, Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5, Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s, Window In The Skies – U2
Best Pop Collaboration: Steppin’ Out – Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera, Beautiful Liar – Beyonce & Shakira, Gone Gone Gone – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani & Akon, Give It To Me – Timbaland & Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Vocal Album: Lost Highway – Bon Jovi, The Reminder – Feist, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5, Memory Almost Full – Paul McCartney, Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Best Dance Recording: Do It Again – Chemical Brothers, DANCE – Justice, Love Today – Mika, Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna, LoveStoned – Justin TimberlakeBest Electroni/Dance Album: We Are The Night – Chemical Brothers, + – Justice, Sound Of Silver – LCD Soundsystem, We Are Pilots – Shiny Toy Guns, Elements of Life – Tiesto
Best Alternative Album: Alright Still – Lily Allen, Neon Bible – Arcade Fire, Volta – Bjork, Wincing The Nights Away – The Shins, Icky Thump – White Stripes
Best Female R&B: Just Fine – Mary J. Blige, When I See You – Fantasia, No One – Alicia Keys, If I Have My Way – Chrissette Michele, Hate On Me – Jill Scott
Best Male R&B: Woman – Raheem DeVaughn, BUDDY – Musiq Soulchild, Because of You – Ne-Yo, Future Baby Mama – Prince, Please Don’t Go – Tank
Best R&B Duo/Group: Same Girl – R. Kelly & Usher, Disrespectful – Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige, Hate That I Love You – Rihanna & Ne-Yo, Baby – Angie Stone & Betty Wright, Bartender – T-Pain & Akon
Best Rap Solo: The People – Common, I Get Money – 50 Cent, Show Me What You Got – Jay-Z, Big Things Poppin – TI, Stronger – Kanye West
Best Rap Duo/Group: Southside – Common & Kanye, Make It Rain – Fat Joe & Lil’ Wayne, Party Like A Rockstar – Shop Boyz, Int’l Players Anthem – UGK & Outkast, Better Than I’ve Ever Been – Kanye West, Nas & KRS-1
Best Rap/Sung Collabo: I Wanna Love You – Akon & Snoop Dogg, Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown & T-Pain, Let It Go – Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, & Lil’ Kim, Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z, Good Life – Kanye West & T-Pain
Best Rap Album: Finding Forever – Common, Kingdom Come – Jay-Z, Hip Hop Is Dead – Nas, TI vs TIP – TI, Graduation – Kanye West
Best Musical Show Album: Chorus Line (2006 Cast), Company (2006 Cast), Grey Gardens, Spring Awakening, West Side Story (??)
Producer of the Year: Howard Benson, Joe Chiccarelli, Mike Elizondo, Mark Ronson, Timbaland
Best Remix: Delerium – Angelicus (Andy Moor Full Length), Public Enemy – Bring The Noise (Benny Benassi Sfaction Remix), Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix), Pink Floyd – Proper Education (vs Eric Prydz), Kaskade – Sorry (Dirty South Mix)

Overall, some people got the credit they deserve, but there are a LOT of missing names on the list. I’ll get into that later though. Stay tuned!

Ying Yang Twins – Shake (X-Press 2 Edit)
From the sound of it, it’s a Green Velvet record, or one of a small few excellent rap songs remixed. Snag it!! 

Mary J. Blige – Your Child (Chucky Thompson’s Late Nite Mix) 
A smooth R & B mix of a Mary classic. It takes the song from a 90’s soul setting, and gets it a bit more 80s-ified. But it’s good!!!

Mary J. Blige vs Mason – Exceeder’s Affair
Hot mash-up of 2 excellent songs.

Christina Aguilera – Make Over
I dunno, for some reason I always liked this album track from ‘Stripped’.

This is what a FIERCE video should look like! Go on Mary!!

Wow. Mary J. Blige has a new song out, gearing up for her new album out the end of next month, & it is an awesome change of pace for the reigning queen of hip-hop & soul. Where MJB is most safe in the land of overwrought R & B, which she does well, her new single is an upbeat track, that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Janet cd. In fact, Janet should be pissed that she didn’t record this song. However, Mary does a great job, & it’s great to have her back, and to be exploring her musical boundaries. Love it!!
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Mary J. Blige – Just Fine