Saturday, February 4, 2006

Grammy Central: Best Pop Vocal Album

In case you haven't heard, Madonna is scheduled to perform at Wednesday's Grammy Awards ceremony with Gorillaz. Joining them on the performers lineup are Coldplay, U2 with Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Mariah Carey with Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, John Legend, Ciara, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many more.

Here's a look at another exciting race going into Wednesday night.

Best Pop Vocal Album

Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
Wildflower - Sheryl Crow
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard - Paul McCartney
Love.Angel.Music.Baby - Gwen Stefani

What an interesting category. Paul McCartney vs. Fiona Apple vs. Kelly Clarkson Wow! Not to mention a pair of new and veteran Grammy darlings, Stefani and Crow.

My prediction is that Paul McCartney will win, if only because he's performing on the program and Grammy voters love to honor rock dinosaurs. He's also nominated for Album of the Year, as is Gwen Stefani, which gives him a nice lift.

My personal pick is Kelly Clarkson. I'd love to see Fiona Apple win for her torchy rock collection, but I actually think she belongs in a different category. Clarkson's terrific pop standout is fueled by four major hits, all of them ear-pleasing, and she defined herself as a force in the music world to be reckoned with long after her "Idol" days.

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