Every year, the Grammy Awards recognize the most commercially acceptable ... uh, the best and brightest in contemporary music. But CL won't be watching this year's ceremony Wed., Feb. 8, to see if Kanye West wins the Album of the Year award. No, we'll be rooting for Atlanta stars that are all up in this piece, like Jermaine Dupri and Ciara. We don't expect them to claim every award they're nominated for, but here's who would win if we had it our way:
Record of the Year
Nominees (Atlanta nominees in bold): Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together" (co-produced by Jermaine Dupri); Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc." (co-produced by Danger Mouse); Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"; Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"; Kanye West, "Gold Digger"
Who should win: Gorillaz. Actually, we were going to pick "We Belong Together," but we were afraid our hipster friends would laugh at us.
Album of the Year
Nominees: Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi (co-produced by Dupri); Paul McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard; Gwen Stefani, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.; U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb; Kanye West, Late Registration
Who should win: Mariah Carey. Dupri deserves an award for bringing back this one-time Glitter-y has-been.
Best New Artist
Nominees: Ciara, Fall Out Boy, Keane, John Legend, Sugarland
Who should win: Sugarland. It's high time a bluegrass-country act won an award usually reserved for one-hit pop wonders.
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Nominees: Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson, "Gone Going"; Foo Fighters and Norah Jones, "Virginia Moon"; Gorillaz and De La Soul, "Feel Good Inc."; Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera, "A Song for You"; Stevie Wonder and India.Arie, "A Time to Love"
Who should win: Stevie Wonder and India.Arie. The inspiring message of world peace that "A Time to Love" imparts makes us feel all touchy-feely.
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Nominees: Jamie Foxx, "Creepin'"; John Legend, "Ordinary People"; Mario, "Let Me Love You"; Usher, "Superstar"; Stevie Wonder, "So What the Fuss"
Who should win: Usher. Yeah, we know everyone's sick of him, but he's still the biggest R&B male star since Bobby Brown.
Best Rap Solo Performance
Nominees: Common, "Testify"; Eminem, "Mockingbird"; 50 Cent, "Disco Inferno"; Ludacris, "Number One Spot"; T.I., "U Don't Know Me"; Kanye West, "Gold Digger"
Who should win: Ludacris. He's not the No. 1 rapper? That's ludicrous!
Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group
Nominees: Black Eyed Peas, "Don't Phunk with My Heart"; Common featuring the Last Poets, "The Corner"; Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, "Encore"; the Game and 50 Cent, "Hate It or Love It"; Ying Yang Twins, "Wait (The Whisper Song)"
Who should win: This is a tough category. We're putting our money on Ying Yang Twins because they made the ladies take the lollipops out of their mouths.
Best Country Album
Nominees: Faith Hill, Fireflies; Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lonely Runs Both Ways; Brad Paisley, Time Well Wasted; Gretchen Wilson, All Jacked Up; Trisha Yearwood, Jasper County
Who should win: Yearwood. This big comeback album, along with Yearwood's marriage to Garth Brooks, made for one of the major stories in country music last year.
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