Grammy 2005Who will take home the gold gramophone statuettes for stellar musical achievement this year?

The 47th annual "Grammy Awards Show," hosted by Queen Latifah, will be Sunday, so again it's time to look back at the best (or at least most popular) recordings of the past year.

The 2003-2004 Grammy eligibility year (Oct. 1, 2003-Sept. 30, 2004) produced a wide range of music from new and old artists, and this year the awards cover 107 categories (two more than last year).

If you want to hear many of the key nominated songs in one sitting, Capitol Records has put together the CD "Grammy Nominees 2005," featuring the "Record of the Year" nominated tracks from The Black Eyed Peas, Ray Charles and Norah Jones, Green Day, and Los Lonely Boys, and tracks from the "Album of the Year" nominees Alicia Keys, Usher and Kanye West.

The disc also includes tracks from the "Best New Artist" nominees Maroon 5, Joss Stone and Gretchen Wilson, and songs from the "Best Female" and "Best Male Pop Performance" nominees, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, John Mayer and Prince.

Topping the list of multiple nominations, Kanye West garnered an impressive 10 nominations, half of them in the "Rap" categories. Alicia Keys and Usher each earned eight nominations.

Look for Ray Charles to be honored during the telecast with several posthumous awards, as his CD of duets is nominated seven times, and Green Day may walk home with a statue or two, as the group received six nominations for its comeback CD "American Idiot," after a four-year silence.

A solid handful of nominations also were earned by Norah Jones, Prince, and Loretta Lynn (who turned heads with a "comeback" album in collaboration with alternative icon Jack White).

The awards TV show will feature Jennifer Lopez performing for the first time with Marc Anthony, as well as performances by Green Day, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, and U2. The show also will host a number of special performances including a tribute to Ray Charles, featuring Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston, a salute to Southern rock with Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickey Betts, and Alvin Bishop, and a tsunami relief fund-raising musical segment with Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw, and Brian Wilson all singing a Beatles song.

The Grammy Awards cover everything from pop to polka to rap to classical to children's recordings, but in the interest of space, this year's Pop Stops Grammy checklist will focus on predictions in the Pop and Rock categories (with nods to R&B, Country and Soundtracks). For a complete listing of all 107 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). Insert your own checkmarks before the show and compare.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: I've updated the original colum with red Xs to show who actually won the awards. My score in guessing - just shy of 50%]

 

Green DayRECORD OF THE YEAR

"Let's Get It Started" The Black Eyed Peas, from the CD "Elephunk"

X "Here We Go Again" Ray Charles and Norah Jones, from the CD "Genius Loves Company"

"American Idiot" Green Day, from the CD "American Idiot"

"Heaven" Los Lonely Boys, from the CD "Los Lonely Boys"

"Yeah!" Usher, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, from the CD Confessions"

 

Ray CharlesALBUM OF THE YEAR

X "Genius Loves Company" Ray Charles and Various Artists

"American Idiot" Green Day

"The Diary of Alicia Keys" Alicia Keys

"Confessions" Usher

"The College Dropout" Kanye West

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

X "Daughters" John Mayer, songwriter (performed by John Mayer), from the CD "Heavier Things"

"If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys, songwriter (performed by Alicia Keys), from the CD "The Diary of Alicia Keys"

"Jesus Walks" C. Smith and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West), from the CD "The College Dropout"

"Live Like You Were Dying" Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, songwriters (performed by Tim McGraw), from the CD "Live Like You Were Dying"

"The Reason" Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb, songwriters (performed by Hoobastank), from the CD "The Reason"

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Los Lonely Boys

X Maroon5

Joss Stone

Kanye West

Gretchen Wilson

Sheryl Crow

 

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

"Oceania" Björk, from the CD "Medulla"

"The First Cut Is the Deepest" from "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow"

X "Sunrise" Norah Jones, from the CD "Feels Like Home"

"What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani

"You Had Me" Joss Stone

 

BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

"Let's Misbehave" Elvis Costello, from the CD "De-lovely Music From the Motion Picture"

"You Raise Me Up" Josh Groban, from the CD "Closer"

X "Daughters" John Mayer, from the CD "Heavier Things"

"Cinnamon Girl" Prince, from the CD "Musicology"

"Love's Divine" Seal, from the CD "Seal IV"

 

EvanescenceBEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"My Immortal" Evanescence, from the CD "Fallen"

"The Reason" Hoobastank, from the CD "The Reason"

X "Heaven" Los Lonely Boys, from the CD "Los Lonely Boys"

"She Will Be Loved" Maroon5, from the CD "Songs About Jane"

"It's My Life" No Doubt, from the CD "The Singles 1992-2003"

 

BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

"Redemption Song" Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer, from the CD "Unearthed"

"Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" Ray Charles and Elton John, from the CD "Genius Loves Company"

X "Here We Go Again" Ray Charles and Norah Jones, from the CD "Genius Loves Company"

"Something" Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, from the CD "Concert for George"

"Moon River" Stevie Wonder and Take 6, from the CD "Ultimate Mancini"

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

X "Genius Loves Company" Ray Charles and Various Artists

"Feels Like Home" Norah Jones

"Afterglow" Sarah McLachlan

"Mind, Body & Soul" Joss Stone

"Brian Wilson Presents Smile" Brian Wilson

 

BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE

"Wonderwall" Ryan Adams, from the CD "Love Is Hell"

"The Revolution Starts Now" Steve Earle, from the CD "The Revolution Starts ... Now"

"Breathe" Melissa Etheridge, from the CD "Lucky"

X "Code Of Silence" Bruce Springsteen, from the CD "The Essential Bruce Springsteen"

"Metropolitan Glide" Tom Waits

 

U2BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"Monkey to Man" Elvis Costello and The Imposters, from the CD "The Delivery Man"

"Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand from, the CD "Franz Ferdinand"

"American Idiot" Green Day from the CD "American Idiot"

"Somebody Told Me" The Killers, from the CD "Hot Fuss"

X "Vertigo" U2

 

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

"Megalomaniac" Incubus, from the CD "A Crow Left of the Murder"

"Some Kind of Monster" Metallica, from the CD "Some Kind of Monster"

"Feelin' Way Too Damn Good" Nickelback, from the CD "The Long Road"

"Duality" Slipknot, from the CD "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)"

X "Slither" Velvet Revolver

 

BEST ROCK SONG

American Idiot" Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, songwriters (performed by Green Day), from the CD "American Idiot"

"Fall to Pieces" Duff, Dave Kushner, Slash, Matt Sorum and Scott Weiland, songwriters (performed by Velvet Revolver), from the CD "Contraband"

"Float On" Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Benjamin Weikel, songwriters (performed by Modest Mouse), from the CD "Good News for People Who Love Bad News"

"Somebody Told Me" Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, songwriters (performed by the Killers), from the CD "Hot Fuss"

X "Vertigo" Bono, Adam Clayton, the Edge and Larry Mullen, songwriters (performed by U2)

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

"The Delivery Man" Elvis Costello and the Imposters

X "American Idiot" Green Day

"The Reason" Hoobastank"

"Hot Fuss" The Killers

"Contraband" Velvet Revolver"

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

"Medulla" Björk

"Franz Ferdinand" Franz Ferdinand

"Uh Huh Her" PJ Harvey

"Good News for People Who Love Bad News" Modest Mouse

X "A Ghost Is Born" Wilco

 

BEST R&B SONG

"Burn" Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri and Usher Raymond, songwriters (performed by Usher), from the CD "Confessions"

"Call My Name" Prince, songwriter (performed by Prince), from the CD "Musicology"

"My Boo" Jermaine Dupri, Alicia Keys, Usher Raymond, Manuel Seal and Adonis Shropshire, songwriters (performed by Usher and Keys), from the CD "Confessions Special Edition"

"Yeah!" Chris Bridges, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Robert McDowell, James Phillips, Jonathan Smith and Patrick J. Que Smith, songwriters (performed by Usher, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris), from the CD "Confessions"

X "You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys, Harold Lilly and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Alicia Keys), from the CD "The Diary Of Alicia Keys"

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

"My Everything" Anita Baker

"I Can't Stop" Al Green

X "The Diary Of Alicia Keys" Alicia Keys

"Musicology" Prince

"Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2" Jill Scott

 

BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"New San Antonio Rose" Asleep at the Wheel, from the CD "Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo"

"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" Big and Rich, from the CD "Horse of a Different Color"

"You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" Brooks and Dunn from the CD "Red Dirt Road"

X "Top of the World" Dixie Chicks, from the CD "Top of the World Tour"

"It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" The Notorious Cherry Bombs from the CD "The Notorious Cherry Bombs"

 

Loretta LynnBEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

"Hey Good Lookin'" Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait from the CD "License To Chill"

"Creepin' In" Norah Jones & Dolly Parton from the CD "Feels Like Home"

X "Portland Oregon" Loretta Lynn & Jack White from the CD "Van Lear Rose"

"Pancho & Lefty" Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Toby Keith from the CD "Outlaws And Angels"

"Coat Of Many Colors" Shania Twain With Alison Krauss & Union Station from the CD "Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton"

 

BEST COUNTRY SONG

"It's Hard To Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" Rodney Crowell & Vince Gill, songwriters (performed by the Notorious Cherry Bombs) from the CD "The Notorious Cherry Bombs"

X "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman, songwriters (performed by Tim McGraw) from the CD "Live Like You Were Dying"

"Miss Being Mrs." Loretta Lynn, songwriter (performed by Loretta Lynn) from the CD "Van Lear Rose"

"Portland Oregon" Loretta Lynn, songwriter (performed by Loretta Lynn & Jack White) from the CD "Van Lear Rose"

"Redneck Woman" John Rich & Gretchen Wilson, songwriters (performed by Gretchen Wilson) from the CD "Here for the Party"

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

X "Van Lear Rose" Loretta Lynn

"Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw

"Tambourine" Tift Merritt

"Be Here" Keith Urban

"Here for the Party" Gretchen Wilson

 

COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR MOTION PICTURE, TV OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA

"Cold Mountain" Various Artists, T Bone Burnett, compilation producer

"De-Lovely" Various Artists, Peter Asher & Stephen Endelman, compilation producers

X "Garden State" Various Artists, Zach Braff, compilation producer

"Kill Bill Vol. 2" Various Artists, Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer

"Shrek 2" Various Artists, Andrew Adamson, Chris Douridas & Michael Ostin, compilation producers.

 

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

"Angels In America" Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)

"Big Fish" Danny Elfman, composer (Various Artists)

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Jon Brion, composer (Various Artists)

"Harry Potter And the Prisoner Of Azkaban" John Williams, composer (Various Artists)

X "The Lord of the Rings - the Return of the King" Howard Shore, composer (Howard Shore)

 

Concert for George

BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO

"John Adams: The Death Of Klinghoffer" John Adams & London Symphony Orchestra

"Coldplay Live 2003" Coldplay

X "Concert For George" Various Artists

"Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues a Musical Journey" Various Artists

"Tom Dowd & the Language Of Music" Various Artists

 

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

"Accidentally In Love" Counting Crows from the CD "Shrek 2"

"Belleville Rendez-Vous" From from the CD "The Triplets Of Belleville"

X "Into the West" Annie Lennox from the CD "The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King"

"The Scarlet Tide" Alison Krauss From the CD "Cold Mountain" (Henry Burnett & Elvis Costello, songwriters)

"You Will Be My Ain True Love" Alison Krauss from the CD "Cold Mountain"