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Picking The Grammy Nominees Of 1986

January 05, 1986|PAUL GREIN

POP VOCAL PERFORMANCES:

Male: Phil Collins won this award last year for "Against All Odds" and is the front-runner again this year for "No Jacket Required." The other likely nominees: Sting's "The Dream of the Blue Turtles," Stevie Wonder's "Part-Time Lover," Paul Young's "Everytime You Go Away," Billy Joel's "You're Only Human."

Female: It's a toss-up between Whitney Houston for "Saving All My Love for You" and Madonna for either "Crazy for You" or the "Like a Virgin" album. Also: Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero," Pat Benatar's "We Belong," Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough."

ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCES:

Male: Former Eagle Don Henley is the front-runner to win his first solo Grammy for "The Boys of Summer." Also: John Cougar Mellencamp's "Scarecrow," Bryan Adams' "Reckless," John Fogerty's "Centerfield," Mick Jagger's "Just Another Night."

Female: Pat Benatar won in this category for four straight years, but Tina Turner won last year. This year they should both be in the running, Benatar for "Invincible" and Turner for "One of the Living," along with Lauper's "What a Thrill," Nina Hagen's "In Ekstasy" and Fiona's "Fiona."

Last year, Grein correctly predicted all five album nominees, three out of five record - of - the - year finalists (he still can't believe Chicago got in there instead of "When Doves Cry") and four of the five new - artist candidates.

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