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These are the ladies we're backing for this year's awards

Shaun Harrison
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Mariah Carey

Nominated for: Best gospel performance for "I Understand," with Kim Burrell, Rance Allen and Bebe Winans Mariah and her powerful pipes have delivered hit after hit through the years, but she didn't hit the right notes with our readers this year, landing in last place in our poll.
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Katy Perry

Nominated for: Best female pop vocal performance for "I Kissed a Girl" Katy's girl-on-girl-inspired track was inescapable this year. We "liked it," but we'll wait to see if Katy has any real staying power.
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Madonna

Nominated for: Best pop collaboration with vocals for "4 Minutes" with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland and best dance recording for "Give It 2 Me." What's with Madonna and numbers this year? In any case, the Material Girl spawned yet another hit and sold out arenas around the country. Even so, Her Madgesty still landed toward the bottom of our poll.
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Leona Lewis

Nominated for: Record of the year and best female pop vocal performance for "Bleeding Love" and best pop vocal album for Spirit This British Pop Idol made believers of fans stateside as well with her powerful ballads. Guess Simon Cowell does know what he's doing after all.
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Alicia Keys

Nominated for: Best female R&B vocal performance for "Superwoman" and best pop collaboration with vocals for "Lesson Learned" with John Mayer "No One" brings it every time like Alicia Keys, so it's no surprise that she's once again up for some gold.
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Adele

Nominated for: Record of the year and song of the year for "Chasing Pavements" and best new artist Newcomer Adele's soulful voice and heartbreaking tune made quite an impact, putting her right in the middle of the pack and besting some music-biz heavyweights.
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Rihanna

Nominated for: Best pop collaboration with vocals for "If I Never See Your Face Again" with Maroon 5 and best dance recording for "Disturbia" If you haven't heard one of Rihanna's songs this year, we'd love to know how you got this computer beneath the rock under which you've been living. But considering how well she placed in our poll, most of you don't fit in that category.
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Jennifer Hudson

Nominated for: Best female R&B vocal performance and best R&B song for "Spotlight" and best R&B album for her self-titled debut Despite a family tragedy, Hudson had a strong year, releasing her debut record and proving she's here to stay. Her will to overcome adversity is matched only by her talent.
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Beyoncé

Nominated for: Best female R&B vocal performance for "Me Myself and I" What can we say that hasn't already been said about this diva? Perhaps the only question is this: Whose mantel will the award sit on should she win: B's or Sasha Fierce's?
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Pink

Nominated for: Best female pop vocal performance for "So What" The readers have spoken: "Pink is the best choice. She is the most gifted as a vocalist and has the most versatility in her music. She can also write and perform well." — youneedajohnhug "Pink all the way. She just tells it how it is and doesn't let the bull of Hollywood overcome her." — champ1020jw