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50th annual Grammy derby launches this Sunday!

September 28, 2007 |  2:05 pm


That's right. The next Grammy race officially starts so soon — this Sunday, Sept. 30, when the annual eligibility period ends. Nominations don't come out until Dec. 6, but now we can start noodling possibilities with some confidence.

That's what Todd Martens has done in his nifty preview, presented here at The Envelope as a photo gallery you can click through. (Start clicking HERE!)

Todd foresees an album of the year nom for Kanye West's "Graduation." He equivocates a bit on Rihanna when he shouldn't: yes, Todd, "Umbrella" or "Shut Up and Drive" will definitely be up for record or song of the year. Your hunch is right. Bet on "Umbrella," I say!

Quite shrewdly, he equivocates a bit on Amy Winehouse, noting, "While the upstart British R&B singer should be a lock for a best new artist nod, where her single 'Rehab' may fall is subject to greater debate. It’ll be interesting to see if Winehouse has enough crossover appeal to score a record of the year nod, or if the more conservative of the Recording Academy voters will be unable to look past her extracurricular drama."