Survey says Boyz II Men, U2, Carey to top Grammys

Boyz II Men, U2, Mariah Carey and Pearl Jam are predicted to be the big winners at the 35th annual Grammy Awards, according to the second annual survey of 500 radio station program directors and disc jockeys conducted by Tanqueray liquors.

Actual nominations for the Grammys will be announced Thursday. The 35th Grammys will take place Feb. 25 at the Shrine Auditorium. The actual nominees and winners are chosen by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Tanqueray donated an undisclosed amount to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a favorite music-industry charity, for each survey returned.

U2 album pick

Album of the year will go to U2’s Island release “Achtung Baby,” according to the survey, with Genesis’ Atlantic album “I Can’t Dance” and Garth Brooks’ Liberty record “The Chase” also scoring strongly in the voting.

Motown’s Boyz II Men was predicted to take home record of the year and song of the year for single “End of the Road.” Runners-up for song of the year were Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” followed by the Patti Smyth/Don Henley duet “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.”

Record of the year runners-up include Garth Brooks, “The River”; U2, “Mysterious Ways”; and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

Pearl Jam favored

Epic’s Pearl Jam is the odds-on favorite by the program directors and deejays to be selected as best new artist, with Island’s Jon Secada, Cyrus and Ruffhouse/Columbia’s Kris Kross also in the running.

Other selections in the survey: Michael Bolton will cop best pop vocal male for “To Love Somebody,” while female honors, according to the survey, will be split between Mariah Carey’s “Make It Happen” and Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass.”

Best rap group will likely be Arrested Development, with Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” selected as best rap solo.

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