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Will David Cook become a Grammy darling?

November 19, 2008 | 11:09 am


If, as many music gurus say, David Cook is "American Idol's" new rock superstar, that means he's the new Chris Daughtry. That means David Cook could be nominated for four Grammys soon, just like Daughtry. Right?

Entertainment Weekly gives the new disc a B grade, adding, "If you're expecting Daughtry 2: Post-Grunge Boogaloo, well . . . you're about right. Cook is clearly built in the guy-linered mold of that earlier Idol alum, though his debut owes just as much to the expert hands that craft it, including producers Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Brian Howes (Hinder, Chris Cornell). They give David Cook's clutch of bombastic verse-chorus- verse rockers an impressive melodic sheen, one well suited to Cook's husky, expressive vocals."

Since Daughtry didn't win "American Idol" (he came in fourth place), Billboard declares David Cook to be "the lone rocker winner of 'Idol' to date" and says "Cook stands apart from cookie-cutter pop."

However, David Cook won't be nominated for four Grammys this year. He has just limited eligibility, as pointed out by our resident Grammy sage Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch.

"I hate to be cynical," Darrin says, "but David Cook and David Archuleta won't be anywhere near the Grammys next year — unless they buy a ticket. Their albums just came out this month so they aren't eligible. However, Cook's single, 'Lights On; and David Archuleta's single, 'Crush,' are both eligible and they have little chance of being nominated in the male pop vocal performance category. Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Michael Buble, Seal, Chris Brown, Kid Rock, Ne-Yo, Neil Diamond, Gavin DeGraw, James Taylor, Josh Groban, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, etc. will all get in before David Cook or David Archuleta."

Do you agree?

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