Pop Stops picks the Grammy winners

grammy nominees Who will take home the gold gramophone statuettes for stellar musical achievement this year?The 45th Annual Grammy Awards Show is just a few nights away — Sunday — so, once again, it's time to take a look back at the best (or at least the most popular) recordings of the past year.

For a nice compilation of nominated songs and artists, pick up the Grammy Nominees 2003 CD, a 19-song collection,including songs from Vanessa Carlton, Norah Jones, Nickelback, Dixie Chicks, Eminem, Nelly, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Pink, Britney Spears, Sting and more.

The 2001-2002 Grammy eligibility year (Oct. 1, 2001-Sept. 30, 2002) produced a wide range of music from new and old artists, but no runaway 10-nomination contenders this year. Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Jones,Lavigne, Ashanti, Nelly, Eminem and Raphael Saadiq (formerly of Tony! Toni! Tonι!) all picked up five nominations apiece. Alan Jackson, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Remy Shand, and Dixie Chicks were right behind with four nominations apiece, and India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Ian Bostridge, Vanessa Carlton, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Dr. Dre, Arif Mardin and No Doubt all scored three nominations.

This year, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the group that oversees the Grammy Awards, also introduced two new categories – Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance, bringing the total number of Grammy award categories to 104.

Grammys on TV

WHAT: 45th Grammy Awards.

WHERE: New York's Madison Square Garden.

WHEN: Sunday, 8 p.m.

TELEVISION: CBS, Channel 2.

The Grammy Awards cover the whole spectrum of music, from pop to blues to rap to classical to children's recordings. I can't claim to have listened to every recording released this year (and must admit deficiency in the jazz, classical, polka, gospel and blues sections) so this "Grammy Pick's" list will focus on awards in the pop/rock/country field — the usual purview of the "Pop Stops" column.

For a complete listing of all 104 categories of awards, check out the Grammy Web site at www.grammy.com. This year, the list includes my best guesses of who will win the Grammies. Pull out your own pens and insert your own checkmarks before the show and see how your votes compare with mine.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I've added red x's designating the winners. These (obviously) did not appear in the original column published prior to the awards show. Adding it all up, I scored about 40% in picking the awards this year.

 

Norah JonesRECORD OF THE YEAR

Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) if other than the artist. This category is for a commercially released single, or from a current year's album.

"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton, from Be Not Nobody

"Without Me" by Eminem, from The Eminem Show

x"Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones, from Come Away With Me

"Dilemma" by Nelly, featuring Kelly Rowland from Nellyville

"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback, from Nickelback

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Award to the artist(s) and to the album producer(s), recording engineer(s)/mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

Home by Dixie Chicks

The Eminem Show by Eminem

x Come Away With Me by Norah Jones

Nellyville by Nelly

The Rising by Bruce Springsteen

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A Songwriter(s) award. A song is eligible if it was first released, or if it first achieved prominence, during the eligibility year. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) singles or tracks, only.

"Complicated" — Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Avril Lavigne and Scott Spock, songwriters (recorded by Avril Lavigne) from Let Go

x "Don't Know Why" — Jesse Harris, songwriter (recorded by Norah Jones) from Come Away With Me

"The Rising" — Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen), from The Rising

"A Thousand Miles" Vanessa Carlton, songwriter (recorded by Vanessa Carlton) from Be Not Nobody

"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson, songwriter (recorded by Alan Jackson), from Drive

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

For a new artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist.

Ashanti

Michelle Branch

x Norah Jones

Avril Lavigne

John Mayer

 

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks, only.

"Soak up the Sun" — Sheryl Crow, from C'mon, C'mon

x "Don't Know Why" — Norah Jones, from Come Away With Me

"Complicated" — Avril Lavigne, from Let Go

"Get The Party Started" — Pink, from Missundaztood

"Overprotected" — Britney Spears, from Britney

 

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks, only.

"7 Days" – Craig David, from Born To Do It

"Original Sin" — Elton John, from Songs From The West Coast

x "Your Body Is a Wonderland" — John Mayer, from Room For Squares

"Fragile" — Sting from ... All this Time

"October Road" — James Taylor, from October Road

 

No DoubtBEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or tracks, only.

"Everyday" — Bon Jovi

"Girl All the Bad Guys Want" — Bowling for Soup, from Drunk Enough to Dance

"Where Are You Going" — Dave Matthews Band, from Busted Stuff

x "Hey Baby" — No Doubt, from Rock Steady

"Girlfriend" — *NSYNC, from Celebrity

 

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or tracks, only.

"Dirrty" — Christina Aguilera, featuring Redman

"Christmas Song" — India.Arie and Stevie Wonder, from Voyage to India

"What a Wonderful World" — Tony Bennett and kd lang, from A Wonderful World

"Better Than Anything" — Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, from Ask a Woman Who Knows (Natalie Cole)

"It's So Easy" — Sheryl Crow and Don Henley, from C'mon, C'mon (Sheryl Crow)

x "The Game Of Love" — Santana and Michelle Branch

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks.

x Come Away with Me — Norah Jones

Let Go — Avril Lavigne

Rock Steady — No Doubt

Missundaztood — Pink

Britney — Britney Spears

 

BEST DANCE RECORDING

For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or instrumental. Singles or tracks, only.

"Gotta Get Thru This" — Daniel Bedingfield from Gotta Get Thru This

x"Days Go By" — Dirty Vegas, from Dirty Vegas

"Superstylin'" — Groove Armada, from Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)

"Love at First Sight" Kylie Minogue, from Fever

"Hella Good" No Doubt, from Rock Steady

 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks.

x Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues — Tony Bennett

Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — Michael Feinstein

Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein — Bernadette Peters

It Had To Be You ...The Great American Songbook — Rod Stewart

Christmas Memories — Barbra Streisand

 

BEST FEMALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE

For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks, only.

x "Steve McQueen" — Sheryl Crow, from C'mon, C'mon

"The Weakness in Me" — Melissa Etheridge

"Skier Boi" — Avril Lavigne, from Let Go

"Gnawin' on It" — Bonnie Raitt, from Silver Lining

"Alone" — Susan Tedeschi

 

Bruce SpringsteenBEST MALE ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE

For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks, only.

"Slow Burn" — David Bowie, from Heathen

"45" — Elvis Costello, from When I Was Cruel

"The Barry Williams Show" — Peter Gabriel, from Up

"Darkness, Darkness" — Robert Plant, from Dreamland

x "The Rising" — Bruce Springsteen, from The Rising

 

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or tracks, only.

"Girls of Summer" — Aerosmith, from O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits

x"In My Place" — Coldplay, from A Rush of Blood to the Head

"My Sacrifice" — Creed, from Weathered

"Hero" — Chad Kroeger, featuring Josey Scott, from Spider-Man — Music from and Inspired by (various artists)

"When I'm Gone" — 3 Doors Down

"Take Me as I Am" — Tonic, from Head on Straight

"Walk On" — U2, from America —A Tribute to Heroes (various artists)

 

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or tracks, only. x "All My Life" — Foo Fighters

"I Stand Alone" — Godsmack, from The Scorpion King —Music from and Inspired by (various artists)

"Youth Of The Nation" — P.O.D., from Satellite

"No One Knows" — Queens of the Stone Age, from Songs for the Deaf

"Aerials" — System of a Down, from Toxicity

 

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or tracks, only.

  x "Here To Stay" — Korn, from Untouchables

"Portrait" — P.O.D., from Satellite

"My Plague" — Slipknot, from Resident Evil — Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (various artists)

"Get Inside" — Stone Sour, from Stone Sour

"Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)" — Rob Zombie, from The Sinister Urge

 

Flaming LipsBEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE

For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes rock, hard rock and metal. Singles or tracks, only.

  x "Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)" — The Flaming Lips, from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

"Sco-Mule" — Gov't Mule, from The Deep End Volume 1

"Apollo" — Tony Levin, from Pieces of the Sun

"Starry Night" — Joe Satriani, from Strange Beautiful Music

"Love Theme From The Godfather" — Slash, from The Kid Stays in the Picture (Jeff Danna)

 

BEST ROCK SONG

A songwriter(s) award. Includes rock, hard rock and metal songs. For song eligibility guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or tracks, only.

"All My Life" — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

"Hero" — Chad Kroeger, songwriter (Chad Kroeger, featuring Josey Scott), from Spider-Man — Music from and inspired by (Various Artists)

"I Stand Alone" — Sully Erna, songwriter (Godsmack), from The Scorpion King — music from and inspired by (various artists)

x"The Rising" — Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen), from The Rising

"When I'm Gone" — Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, Chris Henderson and Matt Roberts, songwriters (3 Doors Down)

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Vocal or instrumental. Includes hard rock and metal.

When I Was Cruel — Elvis Costello

C'mon, C'mon — Sheryl Crow

Dreamland — Robert Plant

xThe Rising — Bruce Springsteen

Head On Straight — Tonic

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

(Vocal or instrumental.)

Sea Change — Beck

Walking With Thee — Clinic

x A Rush of Blood to the Head —Coldplay

Cruel Smile — Elvis Costello and The Imposters

Behind The Music — The Soundtrack of Our Lives

 

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks, only.)

"More Than A Woman" — Aaliyah, from Aaliyah

"Foolish" — Ashanti, from Ashanti

x"He Think I Don't Know" — Mary J. Blige, from No More Drama

"I'm Still Standing" — Eartha, from Sidebars

"He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) (Movements I, II, III)" — Jill Scott, from Experience: Jill Scott 826+

 

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE

For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.

"Let's Stay Home Tonight" – Joe from Better Days

"The World's Greatest" – R. Kelly from Ali - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists)

"Halfcrazy" – Musiq from Juslisen (Just Listen)

"Take A Message" – Remy Shand from The Way I Feel

x "U Don't Have To Call" – Usher

 

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

"All The Way" – Kenny G Featuring Brian McKnight from Paradise

"Don't Mess With My Man" – Nivea Featuring Brian & Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge

"More Than A Woman" – Angie Stone & Joe

"Girl Talk" – TLC

x "Love's In Need Of Love Today" – Stevie Wonder & Take 6 from America - A Tribute To Heroes (Various Artists)

 

BEST FEMALE RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Diary... " – Charli Baltimore

x"Scream a.k.a. Itchin'" – Missy Elliott from Miss E...So Addictive

"Satisfaction" – Eve from Eve-Olution

"Na Na Be Like" – Foxy Brown from Broken Silence

"Mystery Of Iniquity" – Lauryn Hill from MTV Unplugged 2.0

 

BEST MALE RAP SOLO PERFORMANCE

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Without Me" – Eminem from The Eminem Show

"Song Cry" – Jay-Z from The Blueprint

"Rollout (My Business)" – Ludacris from Word Of Mouf

"Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall)" – Mystikal from Tarantula

x "Hot In Here" – Nelly from Nellyville

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  xThe Eminem Show – Eminem

Word Of Mouf – Ludacris

Tarantula – Mystikal

Nellyville – Nelly

Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry – Petey Pablo

 

Faith HillBEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  x "Cry" – Faith Hill from Cry

"Blessed" – Martina McBride from Greatest Hits

"Dagger Through The Heart" – Dolly Parton from Halos & Horns

"Lately" – Lucinda Williams from Going Driftless (Various Artists)

"Something Worth Leaving Behind" – Lee Ann Womack from Something Worth Leaving Behind

 

BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  x "Give My Love To Rose" – Johnny Cash from American IV: The Man Comes Around

"Three Days" – Pat Green from Three Days

"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" – Alan Jackson from Drive

"The Impossible" – Joe Nichols from Man With A Memory

"I'm Gonna Miss Her" – Brad Paisley from Part II

 

BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Beautiful Mess" – Diamond Rio from Completely

x "Long Time Gone" – Dixie Chicks from Home

"Not A Day Goes By" – Lonestar from I'm Already There

"Roll The Stone Away" – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band from Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III

"Just What I Do" – Trick Pony from Trick Pony

 

BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Squeeze Me In" – Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood from Scarecrow (Garth Brooks)

"Flesh and Blood" – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris from Kindred Spirits - A Tribute To The Songs Of Johnny Cash (Various Artists)

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" – Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple from American IV: The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash)

x"Mendocino County Line" – Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack from The Great Divide (Willie Nelson)

"Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Glory, Glory)" – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Taj Mahal, Alison Krauss & Doc Watson from Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III

 

BEST COUNTRY SONG

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)

"The Impossible" – Kelley Lovelace & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Joe Nichols) from Man With A Memory

"Long Time Gone" – Darrell Scott, songwriter (Dixie Chicks) from Home

"Mendocino County Line" – Matt Serletic & Bernie Taupin, songwriters (Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack) from The Great Divide (Willie Nelson)

"Three Days" – Radney Foster & Pat Green, songwriters (Pat Green) from Three Days

x"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" – Alan Jackson, songwriter (Alan Jackson) from Drive

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  xHome – Dixie Chicks

Drive – Alan Jackson

The Great Divide – Willie Nelson

Man With A Memory – Joe Nichols

Halos & Horns – Dolly Parton

 

BEST TRADITIONAL FOLK ALBUM

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Fiddlers 4 – Fiddlers 4 (Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, Darol Anger & Rushad Eggleston)

Postcards – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Blue Country Heart – Jorma Kaukonen

High Lonesome Cowboy – Peter Rowan & Don Edwards

Evangeline Made - A Tribute To Cajun Music – Various Artists

xLegacy – Doc Watson & David Holt

 

BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUM

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

American IV - The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash

Down The Old Plank Road – The Chieftains

Jerusalem – Steve Earle

1000 Kisses – Patty Griffin

x This Side – Nickel Creek

 

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

x Mundo – Rubιn Blades

Moffou – Salνf Keνta

Black Ivory Soul – Angιlique Kidjo

Fight To Win – Femi Kuti

Anoushka Shankar: Live At Carnegie Hall – Anoushka Shankar

 

BEST SPOKEN COMEDY ALBUM

(For spoken word comedy recordings.)

The Bathroom Wall – Jimmy Fallon

Complaints And Grievances – George Carlin

Oh, The Things I Know! – Al Franken

The Rant Zone – Dennis Miller

x Robin Williams - Live 2002 – Robin Williams

 

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR A MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA

(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

A Beautiful Mind – James Horner, composer

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone – John Williams, composer

x The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring – Howard Shore, composer

Monsters, Inc. – Randy Newman, composer

Spider-Man – Danny Elfman, composer

 

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR A MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA

(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)

" Hero" – Chad Kroeger, songwriter (Chad Kroeger Featuring Josey Scott) from Spider-Man

x" If I Didn't Have You" – Randy Newman, songwriter (Randy Newman) from Monsters, Inc.

" Love Of My Life" - An Ode To Hip Hop – Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, Rashid Lonnie Lynn, Robert Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq & Glen Standridge, songwriters (Erykah Badu Featuring Common) from Brown Sugar

" May It Be" – Enya, Nicky Ryan & Roma Ryan, songwriters (Enya) from The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring

"Vanilla Sky" – Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney) from Vanilla Sky

 

BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION

(A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

" Hedwig's Theme" – John Williams, composer (John Williams) from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone - Soundtrack

"Inspiration" – Kenny Werner, composer (Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner) from Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner

"The Ride Of The Doors" – Randy Newman, composer (Randy Newman) from Monsters, Inc. - Soundtrack

"Signs - Main Titles" – James Newton Howard, composer (James Newton Howard) from Signs - Score Soundtrack

x "Six Feet Under Title Theme" – Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman) from Six Feet Under - Music From The HBO Original Series (Various Artists)

 

BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE

Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience by Various Artists

Capitol Records Sixtieth Anniversary 1942-2002 by Various Artists

Like Omigod! - The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) by Various Artists

xScreamin' And Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds Of Charley Patton by Charley Patton

Ultra-Lounge - Vegas Baby! by Various Artists)

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL

(A Producer's Award. (Artists names appear in parenthesis.))

Dr. Dre (for songs by Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Truth Hurts, Warren G and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg)

Nellee Hooper (for songs by Lamya and No Doubt)

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (for songs by Bryan Adams, Yolanda Adams, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey and Deborah Cox)

x Arif Mardin (for "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones)

Rick Rubin (for songs by Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

 

BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL

(A Remixer's Award. (Artists names appear in parenthesis for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

"He Loves Me" (Illegal Mix) – Jay-J & Chris Lum, remixers (Jill Scott) from Experience: Jill Scott 826+

x "Hella Good" (Roger Sanchez Remix Main) – Roger Sanchez, remixer (No Doubt) from Rock Steady

"Lost Love" (Felix Da Housecat Thee Clubhead Mix) – Felix Da Housecat, remixer (Rinτηιrτse) from Music Kills Me

"What About Us" (SilkMix.Com Mix) – Steve "Silk" Hurley, remixer (Brandy)

"Work It Out" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix) – Maurice Joshua, remixer (Beyoncι Knowles)

 

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO

(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.)

"Days Go By" – Dirty Vegas

x "Without Me" – Eminem

"Knoc" – Knoc-Turn'Al Featuring Dr. Dre & Missy Elliott

"One Mic" – Nas

"My Culture" – 1 Giant Leap Featuring Robbie Williams & Maxi Jazz