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Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2004 9:01 am | Updated: 5:02 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The 2004 Get Out Grammys contest is our most popular one yet and one reader is going to walk away with a cool $200 gift certificate to Virgin Megastore. All entrants with more correct picks than yours truly will see their names in next week's Get Out. So without further delay, I offer my own predictions...

Record of the year (single)

My pick: “Crazy In Love,” Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z

“Where Is The Love,” The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake

“Clocks,” Coldplay

“Lose Yourself,” Eminem

“Hey Ya!,” Outkast

An extraordinarily catchy song in and of itself, coupled with the double-barrel star power of romantically-linked vocalists Beyoncé and Jay-Z should make it tough to beat.

Album of the year

My pick: “Justified,” Justin Timberlake

“Under Construction,” Missy Elliott

“Fallen,” Evanescence

“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” Outkast

“Elephant,” The White Stripes

Proving he's got plenty of life outside of ’N Sync, JT sold boatloads of his solo debut and big sales often equal Grammy gold.

Song of the year (songwriter’s award)

My pick: “Beautiful,” Linda Perry (performed by Christina Aguilera)

“Dance With My Father,” Richard Marx and Luther Vandross (performed by Luther Vandross)

“I’m With You,” Avril Lavigne and The Matrix (performed by Avril Lavigne)

“Keep Me In Your Heart,” Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon (performed by Warren Zevon)

“Lose Yourself,” J. Bass, M. Mathers and L. Resto (performed by Eminem)

While Christina Aguilera's own image makeovers don't always live up to this song's title, its positive message should resonate with Grammy voters the same way it did with the general public.

Best new artist

My pick: 50 Cent

Evanescence

Fountains Of Wayne

Heather Headley

Sean Paul

My heart belongs to Fountains of Wayne, but 50 Cent came out of nowhere to top the charts and sell millions of copies of his debut album.

Best pop vocal album

My pick: “Justified,” Justin Timberlake

“Stripped,” Christina Aguilera

“Brainwashed,” George Harrison

“Bare,” Annie Lennox

“Motown,” Michael McDonald

The late George Harrison is a sentimental choice, but 2003 belonged to Justin Timberlake and his hilarious turn hosting “Saturday Night Live” proved he’s got talent beyond his vocal cords.

Best rock album

My pick: “Audioslave,” Audioslave

“Fallen,” Evanescence

“One By One,” Foo Fighters

“More Than You Think You Are,” Matchbox Twenty

“The Long Road,” Nickelback

Lots of strong contenders here, but supergroup Audioslave — made up of three-quarters of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell — made a big splash with their debut.

Best alternative music album

My pick: “Elephant,” The White Stripes

“Fight Test,” The Flaming Lips

“Hail To The Thief,” Radiohead

Untitled, Sigur Rós

“Fever To Tell,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Someone has to end Coldplay's two-year run in this category and The White Stripes should be the band to do it.

Best R&B album

My pick: “Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross

“Worldwide Underground,” Erykah Badu

“Bittersweet,” Blu Cantrell

“So Damn Happy,” Aretha Franklin

“Body Kiss,” The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs

After suffering a debilitating stroke last April, Vandross’ album debuted at the top of the charts in June. Not only is his CD the best of the nominees but well-wishing Grammy voters should clinch this category for him.

Best rap album

My pick: “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” 50 Cent

“Under Construction,” Missy Elliott

“The Blueprint 2 - The Gift & The Curse,” Jay-Z

“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” Outkast

“Phrenology,” The Roots

The genre's first breakout star since Eminem, 50 Cent should be a lock here.

Best country album

My pick: “Run That By Me One More Time,” Willie Nelson & Ray Price

“Cry,” Faith Hill

“My Baby Don’t Tolerate,” Lyle Lovett

“Live And Kickin’,” Willie Nelson

“Up!,” Shania Twain

“Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ - Songs Of The Louvin Brothers,” Various Artists

Though he's competing against himself in this category, Willie Nelson's first recording with fellow country music legend Ray Price in more than two decades should triumph.

Read Thomas Bond's complete 2004 Grammy overview in The Tribune’s Sunday Arts & Life section. Also, you can see him discuss the Grammy Awards at 5:45 a.m. Friday on Channel 3, 10 a.m. Friday on AZTV and at 6 p.m. Sunday on Channel 5.

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