Well, the Grammy Award nominations are being announced Wednesday night, and for what it's worth, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the 5 nominations for the Best Musical Album For Children. (I miss doing my Oscar pool, perhaps.)
This list isn't a list of my top 5 favorites, or top 5 best -- it's the list of the 5 albums I think are most likely to be nominated from the list of eligible albums. Now, that list is missing some fairly obvious candidates. For example, They Might Be Giants' Here Comes Science, which would be a shoo-in given that, you know, it's really good and the band won the category last year, isn't on the list, tripped up by the Aug. 31 cut-off date. Lunch Money's Dizzy isn't on the list, either -- the band simply didn't submit it. Other folks, previous nominees especially, will take their place.
But here are five albums I wouldn't be surprised to see make the list (none of which would be an embarrassing choice):
Ziggy Marley - Family Time
Peter Himmelman - My Trampoline
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer w/ Christylez Bacon - Banjo to Beatbox
Buck Howdy - Pete Seeger Tribute
The Sippy Cups - The Time Machine (hey, somebody's got to fill the Brady Rymer slot this year, right?)