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Hello, again, my friends, and welcome to Part 2 of my Grammy predictions. In this installment I will be covering a genre that I only in recent years have started to gain respect for again: pop. To be more specific, I will be covering Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Why? Because I can and who gonna stop me? You? HA! Don’t make me laugh! Nobody can stop me! NOBODY! Ha-ha-ha-ha! Wait. Where are you going? No, don’t leave! Come back! I’ll be good! I promise. Okay, here are the predictions…

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Oceania – Björk; The First Cut Is The Deepest - Sheryl Crow; Sunrise - Norah Jones; What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani; You Had Me - Joss Stone

Okay, let me be frank. Although I have a newfound respect for pop music, if these are the nominees, then I apparently haven’t been paying enough attention to pop music. That being said, I think that despite her critical esteem, Bjork is probably to alternative for the Grammy’s. Joss is too new, Sheryl is kinda past her Grammy prime, and Norah is the anti-Christ. So that means it’s between Gwen and Norah. I am a fan of Gwen Stefani. I like this song. A lot. Yes, it’s not the most serious song, but it does exactly what a pop song is supposed to do. Get stuck in your head and make you love it although you can’t figure out why.

Who should win: What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani
Who will win: Sunrise - Norah Jones (because she’s the anti-Christ)

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
Let's Misbehave - Elvis Costello; You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban; Daughters - John Mayer; Cinnamon Girl – Prince; Love's Divine – Seal

I have said this before, and I will say it again. And again. And again. I like John Mayer. I like his guitar playing. I like his sense of humour. I like his singing. I don’t like his guitar face, but I’ll let that slide. Yes, Prince is great, but I just like John Mayer too much. ‘Nuff said.

Who should win: Daughters - John Mayer
Who will win: Daughters - John Mayer

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal:
My Immortal – Evanescence; The Reason – Hoobastank; Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
She Will Be Loved - Maroon5; It's My Life - No Doubt

There were so many good pop songs put out this year. There really were. I’m sure of it. So the list boils down to this? I mean, none of these are bad songs, but are these really the best 5 pop songs of the year? What about “Bright Lights” by matchbox twenty? What about “Hey Driver” by Lucky Boys’ Confusion? Hell, what about “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot? You know what, I’m not even going to think about this anymore. I like No Doubt, the Grammy’s probably like Evanescence.

Who should win: It’s My Life - No Doubt
Who will win: My Immortal – Evanescence

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Redemption Song - Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer; Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Ray Charles & Elton John: Here We Go Again - Ray Charles & Norah Jones: Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton: Moon River - Stevie Wonder & Take 6

I find myself in much the same situation with the category. Yes Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Ray Charles, Elton, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton Stevie Wonder are amazing. They are. Or they were. I hate how much of an asshole this makes sound like, but as far as relevancy to modern music, they are kinda has beens. So screw this, I’m gonna go with who seems more relevant.

Who should win: Redemption Song - Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
Who will win: Something from Ray Charles

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles & Various Artists; Feels Like Home - Norah Jones; Afterglow - Sarah McLachlan; Mind, Body & Soul - Joss Stone; Brian Wilson Presents Smile - Brian Wilson

The people who decide pop nominees really hate me this year, don’t they? I mean, I know I haven’t been paying attention to modern pop as much as a should, but me to not have heard a single one of the nominees for best pop vocal album…I can’t even comprehend that. I don’t know who should win, so I’m just gonna take a stab at it and say that Brian Wilson will win because this is apparently the most anticipated album of the decade. Either that or they’ll give it to the anti-Christ.

Who should win: Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles & Various Artists
Who will win: Brian Wilson Presents Smile - Brian Wilson

OK. Every trilogy has a less interesting part. The Godfather Part III. The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. But remember, The Last Crusade came out after The Temple of Doom. So the pop installment may not have been that, but I will be back shortly with Grammy Predictions Part 3 – Rock!

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For question, comments, or further column suggestions, you can e-mail E.G. Evans at el_guitarro@hotmail.com. E.G. Evans is not responsible information becoming public knowledge in the form of a pop song mocking your illiterate ass.



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The following comments are for "The Stage: Grammy Predictions Part - Pop"
by E.G. Evans

Grammy Deux
Jaded and cynical as I am, I suspect that the biggest buzz surrounding the Best Female Pop Vocal Perf award will be speculation re: what sort of dead animal Bjork will wrap herself with this year. I have to admit I'll be pulling for Sheryl Crow, a genuine player AND singer who proves that an "old broad" (by pop music standards) can still be hot. Any chick who's boinkin' Lance Armstrong must know somethin'! (A woman's dream come true - endurance!!!)

You know, this must prove that I'm an old fogey: I like John Mayer best when he's doing blues. He's obviously got respect for the "classics", and he does it very well! I've never been as keen on the pop stuff of his that I've heard, but I'm beginning to accept the fact that at my age, I'm not SUPPOSED to like a lot of the pop aimed at younger audiences.

Keep 'em coming, dude! This is great fun!

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: February 11, 2005 )





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