Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for part 3 of E.G. Evans' Grammy predictions. As the second installment focused mainly on rock, this one will focus mainly on pop. I decided to leave the other predictions to people who actually cared about them. As i'm sure is obvious by now, i am not a big fan of R&B, hip-hop, techno, world music, country, et cetera. I figure i should stick to what i know and tolerate.
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Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Beautiful - Christina Aguilera, Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson, White Flag - Dido , I'm With You - Avril Lavigne, Fallen - Sarah McLachlan
Iím am fans of many of these women. Dido, Sarah, and Avril are all extremely talented. However, they are also not quite as in our face as they once were. Also, this award is solo for vocal performance, not what is the best song.
Who should win: Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Who will win: Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Any Road - George Harrison, Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Michael McDonald, Send Your Love - Sting, Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake, Keep Me In Your Heart - Warren Zevon
This is a fairly tough one, because there are two deceased and beloved artists in this category, which tends to be awards ceremonies fist pick. However, they are also trying to prove that they are trendy, sometimes as bad as Justin Timberlake. Few can deny the impact George Harrison had on music, but few can deny Justin showing the world Janet Jacksonís right tit. And Sting? Well, heís just as asshole.
Who should win: Any Road - George Harrison
Who will win: Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Misunderstood - Bon Jovi, Hole In The World - Eagles, Stacy's Mom - Fountains Of Wayne, Unwell - Matchbox Twenty, Underneath It All - No Doubt
Also a tough one, because none of these bands are really notorious for Grammy wins, so we must go by general popularity. Fountains of Wayne isnít big, but they could be another Norah Jones - only with, you know, talent. Eagles and Bon Jovi are a little bit past their prime as far as popularity goes, so that leaves No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty. Unwell was everywhere, but itís been a while since Rob got ďSmoothĒ with the Grammyís. However, thatís still more recent then No Doubtís last Grammy experience.
Who should win: Unwell - Matchbox Twenty
Who will win: Unwell - Matchbox Twenty
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Can't Hold Us Down - Christina Aguilera & Lil' Kim, La Vie En Rose - Tony Bennett & k.d. lang, Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking - Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples, Feel Good Time - Pink Featuring William Orbit, Whenever I Say Your Name - Sting & Mary J. Blige
Iím gonna make this short and sweet. I donít like any of these songs, and I only know two of them. However, of the choices at my disposal, Pink is my favourite, and the song was interesting. However, yet again, this award is for vocal performance, not whether itís a good song or not.
Who should win: Feel Good Time - Pink
Who will win: Can't Hold Us Down - Christina Aguilera & Lil' Kim,
Best Pop Vocal Album
Stripped - Christina Aguilera, Brainwashed - George Harrison, Bare - Annie Lennox, Motown - Michael McDonald, Justified - Justin Timberlake
George Harrison, beloved deceased former Beatle, is definitely my favourite in this category. However, in their effort to appear trendy, the Grammy might run after Justin. Christina has a good Grammy reputation, so it may run after her, but only to tell her to put some damn clothes on.
Who should win: Brainwashed - George Harrison
Who will win: Justified - Justin Timberlake
Best Short Form Music Video
Hurt - Johnny Cash, The Scientist - Coldplay, Die Another Day - Madonna, Concrete Angel - Martina McBride, Hey Ya! - OutKast
In this past this award has gone to videos like Fatboy Silmís Weapon of Choice, Kornís Freak On a Leash, and a couple Peter Gabriel videos. Basically, videos that were shot well or had interesting concepts. It is for this reason that Peter Gabriel was able to beat Pearl Jamís video for Jeremy. Thatís right, Peter Gabriel beat Jeremy. To Grammy voters, I have only 2 words: Johnny Cash. There are very few music videos that can make you cry. Jeremy was one of them. Hurt is another. But given the precedent, we all know whatís gonna win, and I say that it was cool and all seeing Andre play the entire band and poke fun at the Beatles. However, we all know what should win.
What should win: Johnny Cash - Hurt
What will win: OutKast - Hey Ya!
So that conclude E.G. Evans' First Annual Grammy Prediction. If you have any questions, comments, replies, or arguements, feel free to post them here. Or for a personal computer lashing, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
That's all for this installment, but never fear. Like bubblegum pop, i just won't go away. As much as you'd like me to. See you next time.