Usher Tops VH1 Grammy Poll

Most believe he will win in major categories.

The people have spoken, and they've selected Usher. The LaFace/Zomba star was the artist most cited as a likely winner in VH1's third annual Grammy Awards poll.

The findings are from a poll of 470 randomly selected men and women between the ages of 18 and 49. The results will be unveiled Monday (Jan. 31).

Usher far outpaced the rest of the field in predictions for the winner of the Grammys for album of the year and record of the year.

Forty-two percent of those polled predicted that Usher's "Confessions" will win album of the year; the No. 2 choice, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company," drew 18%. Usher's "Yeah" picked up 39% of the votes for record of the year, followed by Charles' and Norah Jones' " Here We Go Again," with 20%.

Kanye West, who goes into the Grammys with more nominations than any other artist, edged out Maroon 5 and Gretchen Wilson as the predicted winner for best new artist, with 23% of the vote.

Additionally, respondents were more likely to have purchased music by West than by the other nominees for best new artist. Of those polled, 16% had bought material by West, followed by 15% for Maroon 5, 10% for Los Lonely Boys and Wilson, and 5% for Joss Stone.

The Grammys will be presented Feb. 13 in L.A.

VH1 conducted the poll by telephone Jan. 14-18. The results have a 4.5% margin of error.


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