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Picking the Winners : Who will win this year's awards? Who should win? Of course, the answers to those questions aren't necessarily the same. Let our experts show the way.

February 26, 1995|Paul Grein and Robert Hilburn | Paul Grein, a free-lance writer based in Los Angeles, has forecast the Grammys for Calendar since 1981. Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic

Prediction: Vandross' nomination in the pop male category shows how entrenched he is with Grammy voters. He has the inside track to win here for the third time in five years.

Preference: Campbell. At his best, he combines the yearning of a young Michael Jackson with the caress of Smokey Robinson.


R&B Duo or Group: Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You," Sade's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue's "Whatta Man," Take 6's "Biggest Part of Me," BeBe & CeCe Winans' "If Anything Ever Happened to You."

Prediction: Boyz II Men will win here for the third time in four years.

Preference: Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue. The most spirited entry.


Rap Solo: Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage," Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear," Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y.," Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Gin & Juice," Warren G's "This DJ."

Prediction: Queen Latifah has a high TV profile and a positive image--two of the factors that helped DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince become two-time Grammy winners.

Preference: Snoop Doggy Dogg. As seductive as old Memphis soul.


Rap Duo or Group: Arrested Development's "Ease My Mind," Cypress Hill's "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," Heavy D & the Boyz's "Nuttin' but Love," Salt-N-Pepa's "None of Your Business," Warren G & Nate Dogg's "Regulate . "

Prediction: Voters' affection for the sassy "Whatta Man" will spill over onto Salt-N-Pepa's lesser hit.

Preference: Warren G & Nate Dogg. Proof that you can take the gangsta out of rap and still be cool.


Country Album: Asleep at the Wheel's "Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys," Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Stones in the Road," Vince Gill's "When Love Finds You," Reba McEntire's "Read My Mind," Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When . "

Prediction: Asleep at the Wheel is joined by 20 artists--from Merle Haggard to Huey Lewis--on this tribute album. Their votes alone could spell the margin of victory.

Preference: Asleep at the Wheel, though you feel the award should really go to Wills and the Playboys for supplying the inspiration and vision.


Country Female Vocal: Carpenter's "Shut Up and Kiss Me," Wynonna Judd's "Is It Over Yet," Patty Loveless' "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," Martina McBride's "Independence Day," McEntire's "She Thinks His Name Was John."

Prediction: Carpenter's nomination in the best record contest is the tip-off to her dominance. Voters admire her spunk and intelligence as much as her music.

Preference: Judd. A dazzling singer who, despite all her success, remains strangely underrated.


Country Male Vocal: David Ball's "Thinkin' Problem," John Berry's "Your Love Amazes Me," Gill's "When Love Finds You," John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," Dwight Yoakam's "Pocket of a Clown."

Prediction: Look for the easygoing Gill to win here for the third time in five years.

Preference: Ball. It's the record you'd play first on the jukebox.


Country Duo or Group: Asleep at the Wheel with Lyle Lovett's "Blues for Dixie," Diamond Rio's "Love a Little Stronger," Alison Krauss & Union Station's "When You Say Nothing at All," the Mavericks' "What a Crying Shame," the Tractors' "Baby Likes to Rock It."

\f7 Prediction: Asleep at the Wheel's nomination for best country album shows the extent of its voter appeal. Their partner, Lovett, is admired in both pop and country circles.

Preference: Asleep at the Wheel and Lovett. Lovett is saluted mostly for his writing, but his vocal here shows how much color and subtlety he brings to every line of a song.


Herbert Glass assesses this year's classical Grammy nominees. Page 57 . . . Don Heckman offers his picks for the jazz awards. Page 81.

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