Someone wrote into the Seattle Gay News today asking if Christina Aguilera and James Blunt were indeed performing on Sunday night's telecast. Aguilera is confirmed, but Blunt is not. But I do believe he's unofficially on the program. He's nominated five times, and that usually earns you a performing slot on the awards show.
Added to the lineup, though, are Shakira and Wyclef Jean dueting on "Hips Don't Lie", Lionel Richie and Best New Artist nominee Chris Brown. Grammy predictions and picks for 10 key categories are featured in this Friday's issue of the Seattle Gay News. In the next few days, we'll send out "best wishes" to various nominees via management, including Dierks Bentley, Snow Patrol, Goldfrapp, Arctic Monkeys, and The Raconteurs. A viewing party for Seattle-area members of The Recording Academy will be at The Triple Door.
Here are the nominees for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
Supernature - Goldfrapp
Confessions on a Dance Floor - Madonna
A Lively Mind - Oakenfold
Fundamental - Pet Shop Boys
The Garden - Zero 7
Will win: Confessions on a Dance Floor
The Material Girl was out-diva'd at the Grammys years ago by Kylie Minogue for Best Dance Recording - awarded to a single/track. She faces another catfight, this time with blonde bombshell Alison Goldfrapp. But, Madonna hasn't won a Grammy since her Ray of Light album and The Recording Academy simply can't ignore a superstar in a category she pretty much defines. Plus, she opened last year's awards show - and paybacks are in order.
Should win: Confessions on a Dance Floor
Goldfrapp impressed, Pet Shop Boys surprised - but Madonna re-introduced disco balls and roller skates to dance clubs with her hugely successful pop-tronica album, and it'd be a sin to deny her a much-deserved glittery moment.