Feb 08

50th Annual Grammy Nominees in 2008

On February 10, 2008, the 50th Annual Grammy awards is set to honor the best in the music industry for songs and albums released last year. The Grammy awards is considered one of the most-awaited shows every year because of live (and sometimes unique) performances from the top music artists. Some of my best memories of music performances are not from concerts or live shows, but from the Grammy Awards.

I don’t want to reveal my age, but I will never forget Sting’s acoustic piano rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me” nor Bonnie Raitt’s live version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” with only Bruce Hornsby accompanying her. And who can forget Annie Lennox (still as Eurythmics) singing “Sweet Dreams” dressed as Elvis Presley — people couldn’t stop talking about it. Then there’s Aretha Franklin stepping in for the ailing Lucianno Pavarotti as she poured out her soul to the aria “Nessun Dorma.” And did you guys see the performance of Elton John and reformed homophobe Eminem doing “Stan” in the 2001 Grammy Awards? I have not developed a taste for rap, but the collaboration alone is unforgettable — Elton in a pink and lavander suit with Eminem in baggy jeans and cap. I believe the upcoming ceremonies will celebrate these moments in Grammy when the performers proved what they were really made of. I guess we miss these moments so much that they felt it was time to show the 21st century newbies how it was done.

For the nominees this year, I don’t want to delve deeper into the controversies of Amy Winehouse. So, let me just give you a rundown of the nominees for the major awards this coming weekend.

Record Of The Year
– Irreplaceable/Beyonce
– The Pretender/Foo Fighters
– Umbrella/Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
– What Goes Around…Comes Around/Justin Timberlake
– Rehab/Amy Winehouse

Album Of The Year
– Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace/Foo Fighters
– These Days/Vince Gill
– River: The Joni Letters/Herbie Hancock
– Graduation/Kanye West
– Back To Black/Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year
– Before He Cheats/Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
– Hey There Delilah/Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
– Like A Star/Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
– Rehab/Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
– Umbrella/Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart,

Best New Artist
– Feist
– Ledisi
– Paramore
– Taylor Swift
– Amy Winehouse

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
– Candyman/Christina Aguilera
– 1234/Feist
– Big Girls Don’t Cry/Fergie
– Say It Right/Nelly Furtado
– Rehab/Amy Winehouse

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
– Everything/Michael Buble
– Belief/John Mayer
– Dance Tonight/Paul McCartney
– Amazing/Seal
– What Goes Around…Comes Around/Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
– (You Want To) Make A Memory/Bon Jovi
– Home/Daughtry
– Makes Me Wonder/Maroon 5
– Hey There Delilah/Plain White T’s
– Window In The Skies/U2

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
– Steppin’ Out/Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera
– Beautiful Liar/Beyonce & Shakira
– Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)/Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
– The Sweet Escape/Gwen Stefani & Akon
– Give It To Me/Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Vocal Album
– Lost Highway/Bon Jovi
– The Reminder/Feist
– It Won’t Be Soon Before Long/Maroon 5
– Memory Almost Full/Paul McCartney
– Back To Black/Amy WinehouseBest Female R&B Vocal Performance

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
– Just Fine/Mary J. Blige
– When I See You/Fantasia
– No One/Alicia Keys
– If I Have My Way/Chrisette Michele
– Hate On Me/Jill Scott

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
– Woman/Raheem DeVaughn
– B.U.D.D.Y./Musiq Soulchild
– Because Of You/Ne-Yo
– Future Baby Mama/Prince
– Please Don’t Go/Tank

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
– Same Girl/R. Kelly Featuring Usher
– Disrespectful/Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
– Hate That I Love You/Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
– Baby/Angie Stone Featuring Betty Wright
– Bartender/T-Pain Featuring Akon

Best R&B Song
– Beautiful Flower/India.Arie & Joyce Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)
– Hate That I Love You/M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo)
– No One/Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)
– Teachme/Ivan Barias, Adam W. Blackstone, Randall C. Bowland, Carvin Haggins, Johnnie Smith II & Corey Latif Williams, songwriters (Musiq Soulchild)
– When I See U/Louis Biancaniello, Waynne Nugent, Erika Nuri, Kevin Risto, Janet Sewel & Sam Watters, songwriters (Fantasia)

Best R&B Album
– Funk This/Chaka Khan
– Lost & Found/Ledisi
– Luvanmusiq/Musiq Soulchild
– The Real Thing/Jill Scott
– Sex, Love & Pain/Tank

Kanye West leads the nominations with 8 while Amy Winehouse gets second with 6 nominations. Good luck to all nominees and hope the ceremonies this year will be one of those memorable ones.

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  1. Tomas Bryan says:

    I love you christopher brown

  2. Aron Tanner says:

    Great song. Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters nowadays.


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