Every year, millions tune in to watch the fate of a select few musicians unfold (and to see what Lady Gaga is wearing). There is no telling which way the Academy will vote this year, especially after the Arcade Fire nod last year. There are a slew of great artists up for awards this year, and with the help of our sponsor Hyundai Veloster, we are going to try our best to break it down for you. The 54th Grammy’s will air Feb. 12 on CBS.
Read below to peep our preview and predictions for this year’s Grammy Awards. Full nominees list here.
Record of the Year
The obvious pick here is Adele, who has been dominating the chars with her highly acclaimed “Rolling In The Deep”. But who knows, we might just see another Arcade Fire move and see Bon Iver’s “Holocene” take the award.
Album of the Year
Adele is my top pick in this category with 21, but Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is looking strong as well.
Song of the Year
Kanye West shows up in this category with the Rihanna-assisted “All of The Lights”, which also happens to be one of my favorite songs of the year. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see Grammy’s favorite Mumford & Sons get a little love here.
Best New Artist
Please don’t let it be Nicki Minaj! Okay, she was cool in the beginning, but after every song sounds exactly the same, we can only hope someone like Bon Iver swings enough votes. Everyone loves Skrillex, though, so you can bet this one will be tight.
Best Alternative Music Album
Radiohead and Bon Iver are my favorites in this category, but Foster the People made a hell of a splash in 2011.
Best Rap Performance
This category is a bit of a disappointment, but I can’t help but wish Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes bring home the prize with “Look At Me Now”. “Otis” was pretty damn good too, but nothing gets me going like “Look at Me Now”.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“I’m On One” all the way. Well, at least that is what we hope. I have to say though, Beyonce’s “Party” with Andre 3000 was surprisingly awesome.
Best Rap Song
“Black and Yellow” is god awful, but “All of the Lights”, “Otis”, and “Look At Me Now” are all strong picks in this category. Who knows what will happen if Kanye and Jay-Z share the podium.
Best Rap Album
Pink Friday, Tha Carter IV and Lasers all royally stunk, but Kanye is split once again between Watch The Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on this one. Too bad neither of those albums got the Album of the Year nod, though.
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