Kanye WestThe 48th annual Grammy Awards show hits the red carpets next week, though this year in a midweek slot instead of its usual Sunday night extravaganza.

The Grammys will be broadcast from Los Angeles' Staples Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and will honor some of the best releases between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005. This year, the full awards spectrum covers 108 categories (one more than last year).

Topping the list of artists receiving multiple nominations as he did last year Chicago's Kanye West garnered an impressive eight nominations, as did Mariah Carey and John Legend. That means West and Carey will likely dominate the Record, Album and Song of the Year categories, despite stronger entries by Green Day and Gwen Stefani, and West likely will edge out the more deserving Keane in the Best New Artist slot.

50 Cent, Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder each received six nominations, while Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani and U2 received five. U2 looks to battle for control of the rock categories vs. the multiple nominations of Foo Fighters.

The TV awards show will feature performances by Springsteen, Coldplay, Carey, West and Legend, and members of Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith and more will perform a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone.

The Grammy Awards cover everything from pop to polka to rap to classical to children's recordings, but in the interests of space, this year's Pop Stops Grammy checklist only will focus on predictions in some of the key pop and rock categories. For a listing of categories, check the Grammy Web site at www.grammy.com.

So insert your own checkmarks before the show and see who wins the Grammy guessing game.

[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

"We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, from The Emancipation Of Mimi

"Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz, featuring De La Soul

X"Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day, from American Idiot

"Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani, from Love. Angel. Music. Baby

"Gold Digger," Kanye West, from Late Registration

 

U2ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Paul McCartney

Love. Angel. Music. Baby, Gwen Stefani

 X  How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2

Late Registration, Kanye West

 

MariahSONG OF THE YEAR

"Bless the Broken Road," Rascal Flatts, from Feels Like Today

"Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen, from Devils & Dust

"Ordinary People," John Legend, from Get Lifted

 X  "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," U2, from How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

"We Belong Together," Mariah Carey from Emancipation Of Mimi

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Ciara

Fall Out Boy

Keane

 X John Legend

SugarLand

 

Gwen StefaniFEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

"It's Like That," Mariah Carey from The Emancipation Of Mimi

 X "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson from Breakaway

"Good Is Good," Sheryl Crow from Wildflower

"I Will Not Be Broken," Bonnie Raitt from Souls Alike

"Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani from Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

 

BEST MALE POP VOCAL

"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," Jack Johnson from In Between Dreams

"Fine Line," Paul McCartney from Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

"Walk On By," Seal from Best: 1991-2004

"Lonely No More," Rob Thomas from Something To Be

 X  "From The Bottom Of My Heart," Stevie Wonder from "A Time To Love"

 

Black Eyed PeasPOP DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCAL

"Don't Lie," The Black Eyed Peas from Monkey Business

"Mr. Brightside," The Killers from Hot Fuss

"More Than Love," Los Lonely Boys from Los Lonely Boys

 X  "This Love," Maroon 5 from Live - Friday The 13th

"My Doorbell," The White Stripes from Get Behind Me Satan

 

VOCAL POP COLLABORATION

"Gone Going," The Black Eyed Peas & Jack Johnson from Monkey Business

"Virginia Moon," Foo Fighters Featuring Norah Jones from In Your Honor

 X  "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz featuring De La Soul from Demon Days

"A Song For You," Herbie Hancock featuring Christina Aguilera from Possibilities

"A Time To Love," Stevie Wonder featuring India Arie from A Time To Love

 

Sheryl CrowBEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple

 X  Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson

Wildflower, Sheryl Crow

Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, Paul McCartney

Love. Angel. Music. Baby, Gwen Stefani

 

TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

 X  The Art Of Romance, Tony Bennett

It's Time, Michael Bublé

Isn't It Romantic, Johnny Mathis

Moonlight Serenade, Carly Simon

Thanks For The Memory ... The Great American Songbook Volume IV, Rod Stewart

 

Eric ClaptonSOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE

"Revolution," Eric Clapton from Back Home

"Shine It All Around," Robert Plant from Mighty ReArranger

 X  "Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen from Devils & Dust

"This Is How A Heart Breaks," Rob Thomas from Something To Be

"The Painter," Neil Young from Prairie Wind

 

DUO ROCK PERFORMANCE

"Speed Of Sound," Coldplay from X&Y

"Best Of You," Foo Fighters from In Your Honor

"Do You Want To," Franz Ferdinand from You Could Have It So Much Better

"All These Things That I've Done," The Killers from Hot Fuss

 X "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own," U2 from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

 

BEST ROCK SONG

"Best Of You," Foo Fighters from In Your Honor

"Beverly Hills," Weezer from Make Believe

 X  "City Of Blinding Lights," U2 from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

"Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen) from Devils & Dust

"Speed Of Sound," Coldplay from X&Y

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

X&Y, Coldplay

In Your Honor, Foo Fighters

A Bigger Bang, The Rolling Stones

 X How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2

Prairie Wind, Neil Young

 

NIN

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE

"Doesn't Remind Me," Audioslave from Out Of Exile

"The Hand That Feeds," Nine Inch Nails from With Teeth

"Tin Pan Valley," Robert Plant from Mighty ReArranger

"Little Sister," Queens Of The Stone Age from Lullabies To Paralyze

 X  "B.Y.O.B.," System Of A Down from Mezmerize

 

ROCK INSTRUMENTAL

"Beat Box Guitar," Adrian Belew from Side One

"Birds Of Prey," Stewart Copeland from Orchestralli

 X  "69 Freedom Special," Les Paul & Friends from American Made World Played

"Mercy," Joe Perry from Joe Perry

"Lotus Feet," Steve Vai from Real Illusions: Reflections