Picks and Pans Review: Ne-Yo

updated 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

"Closer"

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James Taylor
"Wichita Lineman"

Were there really not enough fine male solo performances that Mayer, McCartney and Taylor—none of whom came up with the Grammy goods—got nominated yet again? At least Kid Rock brings some much-needed freshness to the category. But this is really just a two-man race between Mraz and Ne-Yo. We'd be happy to see either win, but we'll take Ne-Yo's uncanny channeling of Michael Jackson over Mraz's sweetly breezy delivery.

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