Red Carpet Rolls Out for Grammy Awards

The most important of the Grammy Awards, this year's race for best album features rock, pop, rap and R&B. Conventional wisdom has the year's best-selling CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi," winning the trophy, but the only thing that Grammy voters like more than comebacks is nostalgia and this could help Sir Paul McCartney nab the award.

The last time McCartney won a Grammy in this category was in 1967 as a member of the Beatles for the classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Socially conscious rapper Kanye West is the only artist to have scored 17 nominations in two consecutive years and his sophomore album, "Late Registration," has been hailed as a masterpiece. This could be enough for him to walk away the winner.

Song of the Year (Songwriting Award)

"Bless The Broken Road" - Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon (Rascal Flatts)
"Devils & Dust" - Bruce Springsteen
"Ordinary People" - Will.I.Am and J.Legend (John Legend)
"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" - U2
"We Belong Together" - J.Austin, M.Carey, J.Dupri and Manuel Seal (Mariah Carey)

The theme of this year's nominated songs is family, relationships and surviving in today's world. Favorites in this category are John Legend and Will.I.Am (Black Eyed Peas), who created magic when they wrote "Ordinary People," a beautiful ballad about the ups and downs of a relationship, while U2's "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" was a tribute to Bono's father. The Boss' "Devils & Dust," the title track to last year's hauntingly beautiful album, is the dark-horse candidate that could steal the award away.

Best New Artist

Ciara
Fall Out Boy
Keane
John Legend
Sugarland

Keane is one of the U.K.'s biggest new acts; Fall Out Boy put the Chicago punk scene on the map; Sugarland is one of country music's brightest hopes and its debut CD sold 1.3 million copies while R&B chanteuse Ciara scored several hits, including the infectious smash "Goodies." Not enough to challenge multiple nominee John Legend who is a shoo-in to win best new artist.

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