Pop Stops picks the Grammy winners

grammy nominees Who will take home the gold gramophone statuettes for stellar musical achievement this year?

The 46th 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.

The 2002-2003 Grammy eligibility year (Oct. 1, 2002-Sept. 30, 2003) produced a wide range of music from new and old artists, but this year, the nominations in the general pop section (the full awards spectrum covers 105 categories) are dominated by hip-hop artists.

The fight for Record of the Year is among Beyoncι Featuring Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Eminem and Outkast.

And Album of the Year pits rock against rap, with nominees Missy Elliott, Outkast, Justin Timberlake, White Stripes and Evanescence.

Look for Beyoncι to take home at least a couple, if not a handful, of trophies. Overall, Beyoncι, Jay-Z, Outkast and Pharrell Williams each garnered six Grammy nominations, while Missy Elliott, Eminem, Evanescence, 50 Cent, Chad Hugo, Ricky Skaggs, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross and Warren Zevon scored five apiece.

There are also a number of posthumous nominations this year, including nods to Zevon, George Harrison, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

The awards TV show will feature performances from Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and The White Stripes, as well as an exclusive "Funk" appearance pairing up Outkast, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

The Grammy Awards cover everything from pop to blues to rap to classical to children's recordings, but in the interests of space, this year's Pop Stops Grammy glance will stick to predictions on the pop and rock categories. For a complete listing of all 105 categories of awards, check out the Grammy Web site at www.grammy.com.

This year, the list includes my best guess of who will win the Grammies (not always who I wish would win). Pull out your own pens and insert your own checkmarks before the show and compare your picks.

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 had my worst year picking the Grammy's ever - only 2 right in 18 categories! Last year I was right 40% of the time; this year, barely 10%.

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Crazy in Love" – Beyoncι Featuring Jay-Z from Dangerously in Love

"Where Is the Love" – The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake from Elephunk

x "Clocks" – Coldplay

"Lose Yourself" – Eminem from 8 Mile - Music From And Inspired – The Motion Picture

"Hey Ya! " – OutKast from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

 

 

outkastALBUM OF THE YEAR

Under Construction – Missy Elliott

Fallen – Evanescence

x Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – OutKast

Justified – Justin Timberlake

Elephant – The White Stripes

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Beautiful" – Linda Perry, songwriter (Christina Aguilera) from Stripped

x "Dance With My Father?" – Richard Marx & Luther Vandross from Dance With My Father

"I'm With You?" – Avril Lavigne & The Matrix, songwriters (Avril Lavigne) from Let Go

"Keep Me in Your Heart?" – Jorge Calderσn & Warren Zevon, songwriters (Warren Zevon) from The Wind

"Lose Yourself?" – J. Bass, M. Mathers & L. Resto, songwriters (Eminem) from 8 Mile

 

evanescenceBEST NEW ARTIST

x Evanescence

50 Cent

Fountains of Wayne

Heather Headley

Sean Paul

 

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL

x "Beautiful" – Christina Aguilera from Stripped

"Miss Independent" – Kelly Clarkson from Thankful

"White Flag" – Dido from Life For Rent

"I'm With You" – Avril Lavigne from Let Go

"Fallen" – Sarah McLachlan

 

BEST MALE POP VOCAL

"Any Road" – George Harrison from Brainwashed

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" – Michael McDonald from Motown

"Send Your Love" – Sting from Sacred Love

x "Cry Me a River" – Justin Timberlake from Justified

"Keep Me in Your Heart" – Warren Zevon from The Wind

 

evanescenceBEST POP PERFORMANCE – A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"Misunderstood" – Bon Jovi from Bounce

"Hole in the World" – Eagles

"Stacy's Mom" – Fountains Of Wayne from Welcome Interstate Managers

"Unwell" – Matchbox Twenty from More Than You Think You Are

x "Underneath it All" – No Doubt from Rock Steady

 

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

"Can't Hold Us Down" – Christina Aguilera & Lil' Kim from Stripped

"La Vie En Rose" – Tony Bennett & k.d. lang from A Wonderful World

"Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" – Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples from Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan (Various Artists)

"Feel Good Time" – Pink Featuring William Orbit from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - Music From the Motion Picture (Various Artists)

x "Whenever I Say Your Name" – Sting & Mary J. Blige from Sacred Love

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Stripped – Christina Aguilera

Brainwashed – George Harrison

Bare – Annie Lennox

Motown – Michael McDonald

x Justified – Justin Timberlake

 

zevonBEST ROCK PERFORMANCE – A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"Times Like These" – Foo Fighters from One – One

"There There" – Radiohead from Hail To The Thief

"Calling All Angels" – Train from My Private Nation

"Seven Nation Army" – The White Stripes from Elephant

x "Disorder in the House" – Warren Zevon & Bruce Springsteen from The Wind

 

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

"Like a Stone" – Audioslave from Audioslave

x "Bring Me to Life" – Evanescence Featuring Paul McCoy from Fallen

"Straight Out of Line" – Godsmack from Faceless

"Just Because" – Jane's Addiction from Strays

"Go With the Flow" – Queens of the Stone Age from Songs for the Deaf

 

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

"Did My Time" – Korn

"Mobscene" – Marilyn Manson from The Golden Age Of Grotesque

x "St. Anger" – Metallica from St. Anger

"Smothered" – Spineshank from Self-Destructive Pattern

"Inhale" – Stone Sour from Stone Sour

 

BEST ROCK SONG

"Bring Me to Life" – David Hodges, Amy Lee and Ben Moody, songwriters (Evanescence Featuring Paul McCoy) from Fallen

"Calling All Angels" – Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford & Scott Underwood, songwriters (Train) from My Private Nation

"Disorder In The House" – Jorge Calderσn & Warren Zevon, songwriters (Warren Zevon & Bruce Springsteen) from The Wind

x "Seven Nation Army" – Jack White, songwriter (The White Stripes) from Elephant

"Someday" – Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake & Ryan Vikedal, songwriters (Nickelback) from The Long Road

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Audioslave – Audioslave

Fallen – Evanescence

x One – One Foo Fighters

More Than You Think You Are – Matchbox Twenty

The Long Road – Nickelback

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Fight Test – The Flaming Lips

Hail To The Thief – Radiohead

Untitled – Sigur Rσs [Fat Cat/MCA Records]

x Elephant – The White Stripes

Fever To Tell – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Cry – Faith Hill

My Baby Don't Tolerate – Lyle Lovett

Run That By Me One More Time – Willie Nelson & Ray Price

Live And Kickin' – Willie Nelson

Up! – Shania Twain

x Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ — Songs Of The Louvin Brothers– Various Artists

 

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR A MOTION PICTURE, TV OR VISUAL MEDIA

x Chicago – Various Artists – Randy Spendlove & Ric Wake, compilation producers

Gangs Of New York – Various Artists – Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorsese & Hal Willner,

Kill Bill - Vol. 1 – Various Artists – Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer

A Mighty Wind Various Artists – CJ Vanston, compilation producer

School Of Rock – Various Artists – Jack Black, Richard Linklater & Randall Poster, compilations

 

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO

x "Hurt" – Johnny Cash Mark Romanek, video director; Aris McGarry, video producer [American Recordings/Lost Highway Records]

"The Scientist" – Coldplay Jamie Thraves, video director; Sally Llewellyn, video producer

"Die Another Day" – Madonna Traktor, video director; Jim Bouvet, video producer

"Concrete Angel" – Martina McBride Robert Deaton & George Flanigen, video directors; Steve Lamar, video producer [RCA Records Nashville]

"Hey Ya! " – OutKast, Bryan Barber, video director; William Green, video producer.

 

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