Record of the year “Let’s Get It Started,” The Black Eyed Peas “Here We Go Again,” Ray Charles and Norah Jones “American Idiot,” Green Day “Heaven,” Los Lonely Boys “Yeah!” Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
Album of the year “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 “Daughters,” John Mayer (John Mayer) “If I Ain’t Got You,” Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys) “Jesus Walks,” C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West) “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw) “The Reason,” Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb (Hoobastank)
New artist Los Lonely Boys Maroon 5 Joss Stone Kanye West Gretchen Wilson
Pop vocal album "Genius Loves Company,” Ray Charles and Various Artists “Feels Like Home,” Norah Jones “Afterglow,” Sarah McLachlan “Mind, Body and Soul,” Joss Stone “Brian Wilson Presents Smile,” Brian Wilson
Rock album “The Delivery Man,” Elvis Costello and the Imposters “American Idiot,” Green Day “The Reason,” Hoobastank “Hot Fuss,” the Killers “Contraband,” Velvet Revolver
R&B album “My Everything,” Anita Baker “I Can’t Stop,” Al Green “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” Alicia Keys “Musicology,” Prince “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2,” Jill Scott
Rap album “To the 5 Boroughs,” Beastie Boys “The Black Album,” Jay-Z “The DEFinition,” LL Cool J “Suit,” Nelly “The College Dropout,” Kanye West
Country album “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
Latin pop album “Amar Sin Mentiras,” Marc Anthony “SinVerguenza,” Bacilos “Pau-latina,” Paulina Rubio “Diego Torres: MTV Unplugged,” Diego Torres “El Rock De Mi Pueblo,” Carlos Vives
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So, um, I don't want you to believe everything you hear at the parent-teacher conference, okay, 'cause...they lie. And they exaggerate. That's why they're teachers, right? Those who can't, right, Mom? Those who can't.
Tift is not so much "country" in the modern radio sense. More of a neo-folk /pop/alt-country artist. If you are into No Depression stuff or Jeff Buckley or older Shawn Colvin, you would probably be more familiar with her.
Actually, between his death, the movie and the quality of the recordings, I'd be shocked if Ray Charles didn't win damn near everything.
Originally posted by OMEGAI'm not exactly hip to the new music trends, so I apologize if this is pretty common knowledge, but: When the hell did Green Day become popular again? I thought the world had moved past them.
When they recorded what is easily their best album ever and a very strong contender for Best Rock Album Of Whatever The Hell This Decade Is Called. Seriously. I've always been a fan, but I never thought they had an album as close to perfect as "American Idiot" in them.
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I agree with OFB...the night might turn into a Ray Charles lovefest, with a few nods thrown Usher's way. If "The Reason" wins best song, I'm throwing something at my television. What's with all of the love for Kanye West? I didn't think he was THAT acclaimed. I'm pulling for Loretta Lynn to win the country album category.
You know, first of all, we are doing this for her, okay? Because neither one of us wants to get divorced. And second-of-ly, I know you're the big marriage expert... Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. Your wife is dead.
...I'm sorry, that was 100% inappropriate, and I do apologize profusely...I'm...oh...
Originally posted by Big BadI agree with OFB...the night might turn into a Ray Charles lovefest, with a few nods thrown Usher's way. If "The Reason" wins best song, I'm throwing something at my television. What's with all of the love for Kanye West? I didn't think he was THAT acclaimed. I'm pulling for Loretta Lynn to win the country album category.
"Van Lear Rose" should definitely win country album. And Kanye West put out one of the 2 or 3 best albums overall and definitely the best mainstream album of the year. Glad to see "Jesus Walks" up for Song of the year.
I don't get the Kanye West love either. This is a guy who I don't find likeable, is rather arrogant, and owes a lot to his record company affiliation, Roc-A-Fella. This is a guy who, upon losing "Best New Artist" at the AMA's, totally disrespected the winner, Gretchen Wilson by saying that he was robbed and was truly the Best of this year. Whether he was or wasn't, he's a jerk to say that. Basically, I like the things he's done as a producer, but I'm not totally crazy about him as an artist.
This was/is really Usher's year though. You couldn't escape 'Yeah', 'Burn' or 'Confessions'. Alicia Keys got 5 Grammy nods before so there's no need to overdo it again. Oh! And Kanye West produced her "You Don't Know My Name" single.
Funniest thing I've heard since the nominations were announced was Ashlee Simpson being upset because she was snubbed. It's Ashlee-Gate!
Meg: Being a single mother is hard, but the real challenge is having a baby that's addicted to crack. Right Stewie?
Stewie: What's that? Oh yes, yes, I love crack. I'm absolutely cuckoo for crack.
Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastardActually, between his death, the movie and the quality of the recordings, I'd be shocked if Ray Charles didn't win damn near everything.
Weren't we all saying that about Johnny Cash? Didn't he only win one award that year?
I hope the Black-Eyes Peas and Maroon 5 win, if only because they're Izzy Jo's favorite bands and when in doubt, go with what the (almost) 2-year old likes.
HOWEVER, if Green Day and Velvet Revolver lose Rock Album of the Year to fucking Hoobastank, someone's gonna have some explaining to do, and I may skip the show altogether just to avoid seeing that happen.
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Originally posted by JayJayDeanHOWEVER, if Green Day and Velvet Revolver lose Rock Album of the Year to fucking Hoobastank, someone's gonna have some explaining to do, and I may skip the show altogether just to avoid seeing that happen.
I'm gonna go one better and say that if anything BUT Velvet Revolver wins Rock Album of the Year, there will be problems.
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The Kanye West love fest comes from the fact that he's a great producer. I admit that there is nothing special about him as an artist but his album was one of the best to come out this year and surprised a lot of people. This has nothing to do with the label he's on as he has been a recognizable name in the industry for few years because of his production work for Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
It's possible I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time that no song has been up for both Record and Song of the Year. "Here We Go Again" wouldn't be eligible for Song, since it's older (Ray first recorded it in 1963), but the others would be eligible for both. Interesting, and it shows that there's no real juggernaut.
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