As everyone in our message boards knows, forums moderator David "Guru" Schnelwar is really an ultimate Grammy Guru — a bona-fide expert, David is. If no one has yet, officially, given him that title, then I do so right now at the same time I implore him to, please . . . HELP! Tell us, David: What's going to be nominated for the top three races: record, album and new artist of the year?
The eligibility period just passed at the end of September. Nominations aren't due out till Dec., 6, but you know award lunatics like us — we can't wait till then to start prognostication. Gotta know now, now, now.
Here, below, is the text rundown. David and I also had a separate chat on the phone, which I recorded and turned into a nifty podcast that you can listen to and I recommend that you do so — CLICK HERE! (Note: You may need to hold down your computer's control key while clicking!
HERE ARE THE PREDICTIONS (AND WORDS) OF DAVID 'GURU' SCHNELWAR:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Feist - "1234"
Rihanna f/ Jay - "Umbrella"
Bruce Springsteen - "Radio Nowhere"
Kanye West - "Stronger"
Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"
Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
Nelly Furtado - "Say It Right"
Maroon 5 - "Makes Me Wonder"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Like A Star"
Gwen Stefani f/ Akon - "The Sweet Escape"
This was a unpredictable year of music until we came closer to the end of the eligibility period.
Bruce Springsteen has been nominated previously three times for record of the year ("Born in the U.S.A.," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Streets of Philadelphia") and has never won. In the past eight years, four rock songs have won record of the year.
Rihanna f/ Jay-Z - "Umbrella" is too big a song to ignore. Several Best Rap/Sung Collaboration winners have been nominated in this category. ("Dilemma," "Crazy in Love," "Where is the Love" and "Yeah").
Kanye West is the biggest Rap artist out there and has the momentum to get nominated for his hit "Stronger."
Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" created a tremendous buzz because of its lyrics. It looks like a serious contender.
Feist's "1234" after months of airplay on VH1 and now on a very catchy iPod commercial, may now be a real possibility.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bruce Springsteen - "Magic"
Kanye West - "Graduation"
Amy Winehouse - "Back To Black"
Lily Allen - "Alright, Still"
Arcade Fire - "Neon Bible"
Common - "Finding Forever"
Feist - "The Reminder"
John Legend - "Once Again"
Maroon 5 - "It Won't Be Soon Before Long"
Paul McCartney - "Memory Almost Full"
Rihanna - "Good Girl Gone Bad"
Rilo Kiley - Under The Blacklight"
I only feel strongly about Springsteen, West and Winehouse.
Bruce Springsteen was expected to win in 2001, but was upset by Norah Jone's sweep in the General Field. Since then, Springsteen has consecutively won a Grammy in various fields. But he has never won Album of the Year. He received phenomenal reviews including 5 stars from Rolling Stone. This looks like his year.
Kanye West has been nominated for Album of the Year twice. He adamantly wants to win. Someone should tell him that the two previous Hip-Hop artists who won Album of the Year (Lauryn Hill & Outkast) have not rebounded or topped themselves since winning in this category. After this year - Kanye West has the potential of being Rap artist with the most Grammy wins, possibly surpassing Eminem's record.
Amy Winehouse is reminiscent of Alanis Morissette with her lyrical content about her break up with her boyfriend and Sinead O'Connor with her non conformist image and powerful voice. Both artists are previous nominees in the General Field. Winehouse looks a strong possibility for a nomination.
BEST NEW ARTIST
A Fine Frenzy
Peter Bjorn & John
"Not so new artists that could squeak in by surprise" (Ex. Imogen Heap)
Gym Class Heroes
Popular American Idol contestant, Daughtry has been consistently played on VH1 in 2007, with three videos.
Amy Winehouse had simultaneous Rolling Stone and Spin magazine covers earlier this year.
Lily Allen was musical guest on Saturday Night Live last season and has collaborated with everyone from Mark Ronson to Common.
R&B females get nominated frequently for BNA (ex. Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Jill Scott, etc) Chrissette Michele has a good chance of continuing this tradition.
Taylor Swift seems to be the new Country artist with the momentum to be nominated for BNA.
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