“The Marshall Mathers LP” by controversial rapper Eminem is the album that most deserves the coveted album of the year honor at tonight’s (Feb. 21) 43rd annual Grammy Awards, according to a recent Billboard.com poll. The Web/Aftermath/Interscope album was the clear winner among voters, pulling in nearly half — 49.7% — of 6,414 votes cast.
Eminem’s set easily outdistanced Radiohead’s “Kid A” (Capitol), which was chosen as the best by 25.6% of respondents. Beck’s “Midnite Vultures” (DGC/Geffen/Interscope) placed third, although it came in far behind with just 9.2% of the vote.
The remaining two nominees, Steely Dan’s “Two Against Nature” (Giant) and Paul Simon’s “You’re The One” (Warner Bros.), were more or less evenly split, with 7.8% and 7.7%, respectively.
To be held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and hosted by comedian Jon Stewart, the Grammys will be broadcast on CBS television beginning at 8 p.m. More than 15 live performances are planned for the three-hour televised ceremony, with international superstar Madonna tapped to open the broadcast.
Madonna’s opening number will be DJ’d by Richard Humpty Vission, who is nominated in the remixer of the year, non-classical category for his work on releases by Devone, Adrenaline, and Rozalla, as well as the Madonna tracks “American Pie” and “Music.” Interestingly, two more of the five nominees in the category — Deep Dish and Hex Hector — each turned out remixes of “Music.”
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