February 11, 2013

Who's your Grammy favorite?

Is it Bruce? Kanye? Adele? We asked some music-biz insiders to handicap Sunday night's races.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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WHEN: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: CBS; seen locally on Portland station WGME (Channel 13)

WHAT: The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will see music's biggest stars honored in 81 categories, from pop, rock and rap to jazz, blues, alternative and country.

Best Rock Song: "We Take Care of Our Own" by Bruce Springsteen. "His talent stands on its own. He's just brilliant. Plus, he comes from New Jersey, and so do I."

MARK CURDO, weeknight host on Portland alternative rock radio station WCYY (94.3 FM):

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: "Ghost Walking" by Lamb of God. "Great to see Anthrax, Megadeth and Iron Maiden all (nominated) here."

Best Rock Song: "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys. "Rock is way too broad of a title for these options."

Best Rock Album: "El Camino" by The Black Keys. "It should win, but Bruce (Springsteen, for 'Wrecking Ball') probably will win."

EL SHUPACABRA (Nate Shupe), house DJ at the weekly "Rap Night" at The Big Easy in Portland:

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Cherry Wine" by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse. "I play this song a lot, and it always gets a great crowd reaction."

Best Rap Song: "N****s in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West. "It seems like you couldn't go anywhere in 2012 without hearing this song. It even spawned the now ubiquitous slang word 'cray.' "

Best Rap Album: "Based on a T.R.U. Story" by 2 Chainz. "I toured coast to coast in October, and it seems like people in every region of the country were playing and talking about 2 Chainz."

ADAM AYAN, mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering in Portland; worked on several recordings up for Grammys this year and in the past:

Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra. "I think Gotye is going to take it, but 'We Are Young' by fun. should be the winner!"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "Pontoon" by Little Big Town. "That was a big country hit this year, and everybody loves the group."

Best Alternative Music Album: "Making Mirrors" by Gotye. "But my personal pick would be Fiona Apple. I have been addicted to her new album ('The Idler Wheel') since its release."

DYNAMO-P, the performing name of Portland emcee Pat Jones; performs regularly at The Big Easy and other Portland nightclubs:

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Cherry Wine" by Nas featuring Amy Winehouse. "Salaam Remi's excellent production and Nas' storytelling lyrics knock this song out of the park. And it also celebrates the talents of the late, great and sadly lost Amy Winehouse."

Best Rap Song: "Mercy" by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. "Its sound captures what hip hop sounded like in 2012."

Best Rap Album: "Life Is Good" by Nas. "The formula and concept for this record shows why Nas is one of hip hop's greatest of all time.

VINCE GILL, country music superstar with 20 Grammy Awards; playing with The Time Jumpers Thursday night at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield:

Best Country Song: "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by The Eli Young Band. "The guys who wrote that (Will Hoge and Eric Paslay) are good pals of mine. Great songwriters."

Best Bluegrass Album: "Nobody Knows You" by Steep Canyon Rangers. "A lot of good records out, but I've got to go with them."

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Mark Kurdo

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The Black Keys

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Lamb of God

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Vince Gill

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Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

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Best Rock Song: Bruce Springseen, “We Take Care of Our Own”

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Best Rap Album: Nas, “Life Is Good”

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Best Rap Album: 2 Chainz, “Based on a T.R.U. Story”

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Best Blues Album: Heritage Blues Orchestra, “And Still I Rise”

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Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Lamb of God, “Ghost Walking”

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Best Bluegrass Album: Stone Canyon Rangers, “Nobody Knows You”

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Carole King

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Kanye West

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Fiona Apple

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Jason Mraz

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Mumford & Sons

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Ryan Adams

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Jack White


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