Sunday, January 15, 2006

Grammy Central: Best Female R & B Vocal Performance

Hello again. Thanks for the comments you've posted, thus far.

Here's a look at a much-anticipated category at this year's Grammy Awards.

Best Female R & B Vocal Performance

1 Thing - Amerie
Wishing on a Star - Beyonce
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
Free Yourself - Fantasia
Unbreakable - Alicia Keys

This is a tough category that always features a fierce list of divas. No exception this year. Grammy voters obviously included Beyonce on name recognition alone because her redo of "Wishing on a Star" was passable, at best.

My prediction is that Mariah Carey will win, although "We Belong Together" is more of a Pop tune than R & B. Carey goes into the Grammys with several nominations, she's had a commercially big year and her re-claiming of the charts has been acknowledged as a comeback, which Grammy voters love (think Tina Turner, Santana).

My personal pick is Fantasia, whose classy, smooth as silk "Free Yourself" put to rest any rumors that she wouldn't outgrow her American Idol fame.

Photo of Mariah Carey, courtesy of Island/Def Jam Records.

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