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Grammy Predictions
Music award shows may come and go, but the Grammy’s still remain the final word in the music industry. It’s the biggest show of the year, where the world’s biggest rock stars, movie stars and beautiful people all get together on one stage. Here’s our take on the upcoming 48th Annual Grammy Awards…

Black Power Supreme At This Year’s Ceremony:
The soundscape has changed dramatically this year again, as almost all the nominees in the main categories are black musicians. In 1986, when Run DMC became the first black rap group nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B Vocal Performance category, that caused a big uproar. Twenty years later, at this year’s award ceremony, rap, hip-hop and R&B artists are post for all the top nominations. Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West got eight each, while 50 Cent, Beyoncé Knowles, The Black Eyed Peas’ got six. Missy Elliot and Alicia Keys received five nods and Common, Destiny’s Child, Gorillaz and Neptunes each earned four.

Long time Grammy Winner Luther Vandross may have passed on in 2005, but his legacy is strong at the 2006 awards. Songs and artists from So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross received five nominations, with If This World Were Mine by Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, Creepin’ by Jamie Foxx and Superstar by Usher for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and A House Is Not A Home by Aretha Franklin for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

Shut out from the major categories were Coldplay and the twice-nominated The White Stripes, who critics were hailing as strong contenders for the major awards. Coldplay with their X&Y (which debuted at # 1 in 32 countries upon its release in June last year) may have not reached the top Grammy categories, but still did manage to score three nominations for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album beside U2, Foo Fighters, Neil Young and the Rolling Stones. The band has previously won four Grammy awards.

The Big Buzz of the Year:
Indian music has always been the music of the soul. To be in the race for the Grammy Awards is a huge thing because not many Indians get nominated and finally win the coveted award.

This year we have two of our very own in the running in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category. Asha Bhosle's latest album, in collaboration with The Kronos Quartet, titled You've Stolen My Heart ~ Songs from R D Burman's Bollywood is in the race for the Grammy. In 1997, her album Legacy with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan had been nominated as well, but she lost out on winning the trophy. 2005 seems to have been a great year for our very own Ashaji, as the Black Eyed Peas even sampled her song Aye Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchchyahan in their hit single Don't Phunk With My Heart. Rise is Anoushka Shankar's second album that has been nominated for that category at this year’s Grammy’s. She was the youngest ever nominee in the Best World Music Album category for her 2001 album Live At Carnegie Hall. The daughter of our legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar and half-sister of Grammy veteran Norah Jones, she steps out of her famous family’s shadow to hold her own on her new album. Come Grammy night, we at The Record will undoubtedly be rooting for one of these ladies to win.

The Big Relevant Categories and Nominees Of This Year Are:
On Dec. 8 2005, the 48th Annual Grammy Award Nominees were announced in Hollywood, California to celebrate the world's best musicians. We narrowed the list down from the 108 to the most relevant categories and their nominees just for you.

Every year the music awards prompt the same age-old question: What's the difference between Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year? Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. The award goes to the performing artist and the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of that award is only the songwriter who dreamed up the song in the first place ~ which could be different from the artist/band who performed it. Previous winners in this category include Rob Thomas and Santana’s Smooth, Seal’s Kiss For A Rose and Michael Jackson’s Beat It. The 2006 nominees are:

We Belong Together ~ Mariah Carey
Feel Good Inc. ~ Gorillaz featuring De La Soul
Boulevard of Broken Dreams ~ Green Day
Hollaback Girl ~ Gwen Stefani
Gold Digger ~ Kanye West

And the Grammy Goes To… The first name at the top of the list ~ the choice is clear. Still Green Day could walk away in a surprise win on this one. One reason, they swept the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards by winning seven out of the eight awards for which they were nominated, including the most prestigious Video of the Year. The band also cleaned up at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards winning in total a staggering eight awards.

You can read the rest of our Grammy Special in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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