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FEKADU: She’s wrong. I’m a Kanye supporter _ well sometimes I am _ but he shouldn’t win this for a number of reasons. No.1, “All of the Lights” should NOT be the first rap song to earn this award. No. 2, the song is catchy, but is it great enough to be nominated here? He should have won this honor years ago for “Jesus Walks.” But, Halle Berry did win the Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” instead of “Losing Isaiah.” OK, back to the music. Oh yeah, this will be going to Mumford & Sons.


NEW ARTIST: The Band Perry; Bon Iver; J. Cole; Nicki Minaj; Skrillex.

FEKADU: It’s nice to see an electronic artist like Skrillex here, but he won’t win. J. Cole’s votes won’t match those for Minaj. If Barbies could vote, Minaj would have a better shot. So it’s down to critical indie group Bon Iver and The Band Perry, who have won so many music honors from all 10,000 of those awards shows for country music. I guess that means they’ll win here, too.

MOODY: Skrillex is probably the least known act, but like Mesfin says, he won’t pull off an Esperanza Spalding-type upset this year. Bon Iver is the indie choice but did anyone really listen to that album outside of the Pitchfork-set? J. Cole is too new, so that leaves us with a battle between Nicki Minaj and The Band Perry. As super-hot as Minaj is, I’m guessing Grammy voters will choose the musicianship of the sibling trio, who also had great commercial success with “If I Die Young,” making them the balanced choice.


POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE: “Someone Like You,” Adele; “You and I,” Lady Gaga; “Grenade,” Bruno Mars; “Firework,” Katy Perry; “(Expletive) Perfect,” Pink.

MOODY: This marks the first year that the men and women are duking it out for vocal performance, and judging by the list of nominees, Grammy voters aren’t too impressed with male vocals this year. So despite his nomination, Mars won’t likely win this battle with the ladies. Out of the girl-power clique, no one really has the power of Adele (though Pink comes close). Combine that with the heartbreaking emotion that she conveys, and you’ve got your winner. Adele, yet again.

FEKADU: What she said.


ROCK SONG: “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston); “Down By the Water,” The Decemberists (Colin Meloy); “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin); “Lotus Flower,” Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway & Thom Yorke); “Walk,” Foo Fighters (Foo Fighters).

FEKADU: Last year, Mumford & Sons didn’t win best new artist or best rock song. Grammy voters didn’t know how deserving the band was then, but they won’t make that mistake again. Congrats boys on your Grammy win!

MOODY: Don’t start building that trophy case just yet, boys. Mumford & Sons are still a little too new and a little too indie for Grammy voters to embrace (besides, they’d split the indie vote with the kings of that genre, Radiohead). The Foo Fighters had one of the top rock albums of the year and Grohl and Co. are veterans who are still rocking _ and the Grammys love survivors. And that’s why the Foos will win here.


R&B ALBUM: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown; “Second Chance,” El DeBarge; “Love Letter,” R. Kelly; “Pieces of Me,” Ledisi; “Kelly,” Kelly Price.

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