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Who'll Take Home Hardware? Some Grammy-Getter Guesses

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Who'll Take Home Hardware? Some Grammy-Getter Guesses

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Sometimes Grammy races are close, making predicting them a pain. Other times, there are enough no-brainers to keep pre-Grammy pundits from having to strain themselves.

That's the case this year. First off, this looks to be a career year for Lauryn Hill, whose 10 nominations highlight a bumper crop of female nominees (Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow are both up for six). The sometimes-Fugees frontwoman's Grammy nomination total is a record for a female artist, including slots in the Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Producer of the Year categories.

Country superstar Twain, who is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, among others, is another sure bet to walk away with some hardware.

The Titanic effect is also a factor. So don't be surprised if Celine Dion gets something for My Heart Will Go On. Here's a rundown of eight of the major Grammy categories, complete with my predictions of who will go home winners at Wednesday's awards show (8 p.m., CBS).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Globe Sessions, Sheryl Crow; Version 2.0, Garbage; The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill; Ray of Light Madonna; Come on Over, Shania Twain.

Should win: Lauryn Hill.

Will win Lauryn Hill.

Why: The critical gushes that accompanied this album were almost embarrassing at times; you'd think Hill had brought peace to the Middle East.

COUNTRY ALBUM

Sevens, Garth Brooks; Wide Open Spaces, Dixie Chicks; Faith, Faith Hill; Come on Over Shania Twain; Where Your Road Leads, Trisha Yearwood.

Should win: Dixie Chicks.

Will win: Shania Twain.

Why: A Dixie Chicks win would be nice, but Twain's larger crossover audience and multi-nominee status should launch her into the winner's circle.

NEW ARTIST

Backstreet Boys; Andrea Bocelli; Dixie Chicks; Lauryn Hill; Natalie Imbruglia.

Should win: Lauryn Hill.

Will win: Lauryn Hill.

Why: Because everybody says so.

POP ALBUM

Pilgrim, Eric Clapton; Let's Talk About Love, Celine Dion; Left of the Middle, Natalie Imbruglia; Ray of Light, Madonna; The Dirty Boogie, The Brian Setzer Orchestra. …

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