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!!


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!!

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!
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!!

Mary J. Blige – Just Fine