But while a lot of artists combined for some memorable music this year, few dominated the music scene like in yearsÃ‚â€™ past. So itÃ‚â€™s unlikely that one name will dominate this yearÃ‚â€™s Grammy nominations, which are to be announced in New York on Thursday morning. Instead, expect a few top acts to get the lionÃ‚â€™s share of the nominations.
Ã‚â€œI think Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and Kanye West are going to be going at it for who has the most awards,Ã‚ says Steve Stoute, a former music industry executive who has remained tapped into the scene through his company Translations, which links top music superstars with commercial products. Ã‚â€œThey have songs that have song-of-the-year potential on their albums.Ã‚
Carey, he feels, is likely to be chief among the group. Her career had been languishing in recent years, and some industry insiders doubted whether the multi-octave singer could return to her multiplatinum ways after a series of debacles, including a breakdown and being bought out of her record contract with Virgin Records.
Ã‚â€œThe Emancipation of MimiÃ‚ proved the skeptics wrong, however. Not only did it sell more than 4 million copies, making it the No. 2 best-selling album of the year, it also spawned one of the yearÃ‚â€™s most popular songs, the torch ballad Ã‚â€œWe Belong Together.Ã‚
Ã‚â€œI think Mariah Carey has a really big chance of making a really big statement,Ã‚ said Stoute. Ã‚â€œI think Mariah Carey is the big winner.Ã‚
Carey is expected to be nominated in the top categories, including album of the year and perhaps song and record of the year for Ã‚â€œWe Belong Together.Ã‚