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Hello, my friends, and welcome to part 3 of E.G.Evans’ Grammy predictions. For those of you who have followed me this far, we’re finally to some the interesting stuff. The Rock! Specifically, I will be covering Best Hard Rock Performance, Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. So basically, this part is dedicated to Green Day and U2. This makes me happy. I will now do a little jig. Well, not now. But soon. I promise. Anyway, until then, here are my predictions.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Megalomaniac – Incubus; Some Kind Of Monster – Metallica; Feelin' Way Too Damn Good – Nickelback; Duality – Slipknot; Slither - Velvet Revolver

This category is both much simpler and much harder for me at the same time. I am very familiar with all of these songs…and I like a couple of them too much. Velvet Revolver is the supergroup of the year (Sorry, A Perfect Circle.) Nickelback was the power-pop group of the past couple years. Metallica regained some of their fanbase through both the movie and song “Some Kind of Monster.” Incubus is always a media darling. And Corey Taylor finally figured out that people actually like to hear him sing in Slipknot songs. In this instance, I think that VR’s supergroup status and Slipknot’s melodic renaissance give them the upper hand.

Who should win: Duality – Slipknot
Who will win: Slither - Velvet Revolver

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Wonderwall - Ryan Adams; The Revolution Starts Now - Steve Earle; Breathe - Melissa Etheridge; Code Of Silence - Bruce Springsteen; Metropolitan Glide - Tom Waits

This is sort of a new category this year. In the past there was Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. This year, they combined them into one massive award. The problem with this? Less awards means less nominations. This means that not every one that deserved a nomination received one. Instead, they went to people who might not even belong in the Rock category. Tom Waits and Steve Earle, as well as Melissa Etheridge and Ryan Adams, are a little bit more folk in my mind. So who does that leave? You guessed it…

Who should win: Code Of Silence - Bruce Springsteen
Who will win: Code Of Silence - Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Monkey To Man -Elvis Costello & The Imposters; Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand; American Idiot - Green Day; Somebody Told Me - The Killers; Vertigo - U2

Ok, this one is kind of a no brainer. Elvis’ album didn’t received that much recognition last year, and Franz Ferdinand and The Killers are probably too new. So that leaves the 2 big boys: Green Day and U2. Green Day got a lot of credit for putting out the first decent punk concept album in years, maybe decades. U2 got a lot of press from their stolen CD and their deals with iPOD. And Vertigo was a fucking killer track.

Who should win: American Idiot - Green Day
Who will win: Vertigo - U2

Best Rock Song
American Idiot - Green Day; Fall To Pieces - Velvet Revolver; Float On - Modest Mouse; Somebody Told Me - The Killers; Vertigo - U2

Every year, they do this to me. The Grammy’s have 75 categories where I either don’t give two shits or don’t know any of the songs. Then they take all my favourite songs and put them in one category. The Killers are catchy, Modest Mouse is finally getting the recognition they have always deserved. However, they both seem more pop to me. Although I’m gonna get my ass kicked for this, I also think “Fall to Pieces” isn’t quite rock enough either. Once again, we are left with the big boys. I think this time Green Day will still come out on top, though.

Who should win: American Idiot - Green Day
Who will win: American Idiot - Green Day


Best Rock Album
The Delivery Man - Elvis Costello & The Imposters; American Idiot - Green Day; The Reason – Hoobastank; Hot Fuss - The Killers; Contraband - Velvet Revolver

OK, I’m gonna save us both a lot of time and trouble with this one. We all know what gonna happen, no sense in pussyfooting around. No explanation required, we all know where this is going.

Who should win: American Idiot - Green Day
Who will win: American Idiot - Green Day

And so ends this year’s trilogy of E.G. Evans’ Grammy Predictions. I hope you found it informative, entertaining, amusing, even whimsical. I hope that I have gathered interest in the most important musical awards show of the year. More importantly, I hope I don’t get dumped for saying Velvet Revolver isn’t going to win any awards. Anyway, for those of you who need a reminder, the 47th Annual Grammy Awards air on Sunday, February 13, 2005. Join me next week for my 2nd Annual E.G. Evans Grammy Wrap-up. Unless Norah Jones wins. Then I’m leaving the country.

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For questions, comments, or future column suggestions, you can e-mail E.G. Evans at el_guitarro@hotmail.com. He read his e-mail religious in between bowing before his shrine to U2 and playing guitar along with American Idiot start to finish.



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The following comments are for "The Stage: Grammy Predictions Part 3 - Rock"
by E.G. Evans

Grammy 3: Proof positive...
...of my fogey-hood, I suppose - Caught Modest Mouse on Austin City Limits and concluded they had a lot to be modest about. Unfortunately, the resident 21-year-old wasn't home at the time, so his dad and I couldn't ask our usual modern musical question, "Are we old, or do they suck?" Amazingly, the 21-ster sometimes assures us that the artist(s) [?] in question really do, in fact, suck - it's not just our age. Of course, maybe that's just because he wants to borrow his dad's car.

As for the "importance" of the Grammies in the great musical scheme of things, I'm reminded of a "Simpsons" episode in which a character made a wise-ass crack about the Grammies. Immediately, a disclaimer crawl appeared along the bottom of the screen: "The producers by no means wish to imply that the Grammies are an actual award show." Or words to that effect.

Nevertheless, E.G., your columns have indeed informed and entertained me thouroughly! Well done! I may even watch the show tonight. The 21-er will be watching at work, I'm sure, so we'll just ring him up on his cell for the occasional geezerness-check: "Hey, Dude - that band that just played..."

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: February 13, 2005 )





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