Unlike American Idol, the Grammy Awards don’t give votes to the unwashed masses. But a Harris Interactive poll let 8- to 18-year-olds sound off about the artists and records they’d choose for prizes later this month. A plurality of the respondents said they’d vote for Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You” as Record of the Year, while Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex/Love Sounds led for Album of the Year. (Those of us dismayed by the notion of 8-year-olds extolling an album with such a title are probably living in the wrong century.) Carrie Underwood was the top vote-getter in the best new artist category, and her “Jesus, Take the Wheel” led the Song of the Year standings. If the fogies in our audience are vaguely relieved that they at least know who these people are, can they say the same about Imogen Heap? She finished fifth in the Best New Artist category, behind Corinne Bailey Rea, James Blunt, Chris Brown and the aforementioned Underwood.
—Posted by Mark Dolliver