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Fearless 2011 Grammy predictions

2011-02-13 07:58:53 GMT2011-02-13 15:58:53(Beijing Time)

Eminem may be set for a big night, according to our fearless prognosticator. (WENN.COM file photo)

Only a fool would try to predict the Grammys. Luckily, I'm just the man for the job.

Record of the Year

Nothin' on You, B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars

Love the Way You Lie, Eminem feat. Rihanna

F--- You, Cee Lo Green

Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Should Win: F--- You is deserving but too explicit for the big prize. Nothin' on You and Need You Now are second-tier. That leaves the two duets.

Will Win: It could go either way, but my hunch is that Jay-Z and Alicia's star power will outshine Eminem & Rihanna.

Album of the Year

The Suburbs, Arcade Fire

Recovery, Eminem

Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga

Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Should Win: If making an actual cohesive album counts for anything, this comes down to Arcade Fire and Eminem. As a Canuck, I'm for AC ...

Will Win: ... But Eminem has the odds in his favour.

Song of the Year

Beg Steal Or Borrow, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs

F--- You, Cee Lo Green

The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert

Love The Way You Lie, Eminem feat. Rihanna

Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Should Win: Lambert or LaMontagne are long shots. Eminem and Lady Antebellum are better. But seriously, no song this year can match Cee Lo's outrageous kiss-off.

Will Win: F--- You.

New Artist

Justin Bieber


Florence & the Machine

Mumford & Sons

Esperanza Spalding

Should Win: Like any music lover, I'd prefer this went to jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, British folkies Mumford & Sons or UK popsters Florence & the Machine. Which means ...

Will Win: It's Bieber over Drake by the screams of a jillion teenage girls.

Pop Vocal Album

My World 2.0, Justin Bieber

I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle

The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga

Battle Studies, John Mayer

Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Should Win: Mayer tends to win song awards, Perry and Bieber are singles artists, and Boyle feels out of place here. The most logical choice is Gaga.

Will Win: Gaga.

Alternative Music Album

The Suburbs, Arcade Fire

Infinite Arms, Band of Horses

Brothers, The Black Keys

Broken Bells, Broken Bells

Contra, Vampire Weekend

Should Win: Black Keys have the hits, Broken Bells and Band of Horses the indie cred, and Vampire Weekend the pop smarts -- but Arcade Fire's Suburbs still seems a cut above.

Will Win: Arcade Fire look like long shots in the main album category; this should be the consolation prize.

Rock Song

Angry World, Neil Young

Little Lion Man, Mumford & Sons

Radioactive, Kings of Leon

Resistance, Muse

Tighten Up, The Black Keys

Should Win: KoL got their due last year, Muse are an album band, Young's done far better and, seriously do Mumford & Sons even qualify as rock? That leaves ...

Will Win: Black Keys.

Rock Album

Emotion & Commotion, Jeff Beck

The Resistance, Muse

Backspacer, Pearl Jam

Mojo, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Le Noise, Neil Young

Should Win: With the exception of Beck's mediocre effort, most of the field is solid -- but Young's Le Noise and Muse's Resistance offer the biggest artistic risks and rewards.

Will Win: Either, depending on voter age -- though Petty could also be a sentimental favourite with oldsters.

Rap Song

Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Love the Way You Lie, Eminem feat. Rihanna

Not Afraid, Eminem

Nothin' on You, B.o.B & Bruno Mars

On to the Next One, Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Should Win: Empire State and Way You Lie have the hooks, but Em's defiant Not Afraid packs the biggest emotional punch.

Will Win: With Em splitting his own vote, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys should cruise to victory.

Rap Album

The Adventures of Bobby Ray, B.o.B

Thank Me Later, Drake

Recovery, Eminem

The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z

How I Got Over, The Roots

Should Win: The Roots dropped one of their finest albums, but this will likely be a battle between Slim Shady and Hova. I'd vote for Jay ...

Will Win: ... but I suspect the Academy will hand it to Slim Shady.

Country Album

Up on the Ridge, Dierks Bentley

You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band

The Guitar Song, Jamey Johnson

Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Revolution, Miranda Lambert

Should Win: Jamey Johnson's double-album Guitar Song earned him universal acclaim, but not much commercial success.

Will Win: Lady Antebellum seem like the favourites in this category, but Lambert has been on a roll lately. She could easily steal this.

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