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50 Cent Earns Best New Artist Nod In VH1 Grammy Awards Poll

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — If adults had their say, hip-hop and R&B artists would sweep the 46th annual Grammy Awards, according to a new poll of adults 18-49 conducted by VH1. The 2nd annual survey found that 50 Cent, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Luther Vandross were most likely to take home the Grammy Awards in the marquee categories on February 8.

VH1 commissioned a telephone poll of a random national sample of 536 men and women between the ages of 18-49 and asked who they thought would take home a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year.

The VH1 poll also found some intriguing differences between the sexes
and age groups:

* Justin Timberlake's "Justified" ranked highest in Album of the Year
overall and also among women. But OutKast's "Speakerboxx/The Love Below"
was the top choice among males in the poll;

* Everyone is crazy for Beyonce's "Crazy In Love." The song finished #1
for Record of the Year among men, women and all age groups within the
18-49 category; and

* Eminem's "Lose Yourself" took first place for Song of the Year in the
18-29 age group, and Luther Vandross's "Dance With My Father" took top
prize in the female and 30-49 categories.

"Our 2nd Grammy Awards poll results show that the urban sounds of hip-hop and R&B continue to dominate America's musical preferences," said Rick Krim, executive vice president, music and talent, VH1. "But the music industry and not the public vote on the Grammy Awards, so we'll have to wait and see if the industry goes along with consumers' picks."

The overall poll results for those who had an opinion are:

Album of the Year rankings

1.) "Justified," Justin Timberlake — 26%

2.) "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" OutKast — 19%

3.) "Under Construction," Missy Elliott — 13%

4.) "Fallen," Evanescence — 11%

5.) "Elephant," The White Stripes — 6%

Record of the Year rankings:

1.) "Crazy In Love," Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z — 30%

2.) "Hey Ya!," OutKast — 14%

3.) "Where Is The Love," The Black Eyed Peas &Justin Timberlake — 14%

4.) "Lose Yourself, " Eminem –14%

5.) "Clocks," Coldplay — 7%

Song of the Year ranking:

1.) "Lose Yourself," J. Bass, M. Mathers &L. Resto, songwriters
(Eminem) TIE — 22%

1.) "Dance With My Father," Richard Marx &Luther Vandross, songwriters
(Luther Vandross) TIE — 22%

3.) "Beautiful," Linda Perry, songwriter (Christina Aguilera) — 21%

4.) "I'm With You," Avril Lavigne &The Matrix, songwriters (Avril
Lavigne) — 9%

5.) "Keep Me In Your Heart," Jorge Calderon &Warren Zevon, songwriters
(Warren Zevon) — 4%

Best New Artist of the Year ranking:

1.) 50 Cent — 44%

2.) Evanescence — 14%

3.) Sean Paul — 10%

4.) Heather Headley — 3%

5.) Fountains Of Wayne — 2%

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen