Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" will win the album of the year trophy at Sunday's (Feb. 23) Grammy Awards ceremony, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 14,054 votes cast by music fans, the Boss' Co
Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" will win the album of the year trophy at Sunday's (Feb. 23) Grammy Awards ceremony, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 14,054 votes cast by music fans, the Boss' Columbia album took in 36% of the tally. The album is also nominated for best rock album, while its title track is up for song, best rock song, and best male rock vocal performance of the year awards.
Finishing close behind Springsteen was Eminem. The rapper's "The Eminem Show" (Aftermath/Interscope) tallied 29% to place second in the poll. Further back were Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal) and Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note), both with 12%. The Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Open Wide/Monument/Columbia) netted 10% of the vote.
All five of the albums nominated for the album of the year Grammy reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200. "The Rising," "Nellyville," "Home," and "The Eminem Show" all debuted on top, and while "Come Away With Me" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums tally, it didn't top The Billboard 200 until Jan. 25, 2003, its 46th week on the chart.
To learn more about nominees in some of the biggest Grammy categories, visit Billboard.com's 2003 Grammy Preview for an inside look, as well as background on the event.
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