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MOODY: DeBarge’s “Second Chance” has nothing on the second chance that Brown has been enjoying. The fact that he’s nominated shows that Grammy voters don’t hold a grudge for that Rihanna attack three years ago, and his comeback after being labeled the ogre of the music world has surely won over many former critics. Look for Brown’s continued redemption with a win.

FEKADU: I’m not even going to pick any of these albums. I’m still upset Beyonce’s “4” isn’t nominated here. (OK, I have a bet with Nekesa so for strategy, I’ll also go with “F.A.M.E.” And if this is one of the awards to make the live telecast, be ready to see Chris Breezy cry, again!)


RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: “Party,” Beyonce and Andre 3000; “I’m On One,” DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne; “I Need a Doctor,” Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey; “What’s My Name?,” Rihanna & Drake; “Motivation,” Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne; “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.

FEKADU: I wish Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne would win for “Motivation,” one of last year’s best songs. Or “I’m On One,” which could give DJ Khaled, Drake and Rick Ross their first Grammy wins. But that isn’t likely. Look for Kanye, the rapper with the most Grammys (14 and counting), to get the win for “All of the Lights,” which is also up for song of the year.

MOODY: It’s hard to compete against a song that even featured Sir Elton John in the mix. For as much as people love to hate on Kanye, Grammy voters love him when it comes to the rap categories. No need for a West hissy-fit here _ he’ll take the award, thank you.


COUNTRY ALBUM: “My Kinda Party,” Jason Aldean; “Chief,” Eric Church; “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum; “Red River Blue,” Blake Shelton; “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait; “Speak Now,” Taylor Swift.

MOODY: Swift was robbed by not getting a nomination in the general album category; she’s probably already written a searing acoustic-guitar ditty about the snub for the new album. But maybe she won’t publish it if Grammy voters do right by her in the country category. Chances are she won’t be singing about Grammy blues after Sunday night.

FEKADU: Lady Antebellum won the coveted album of the year trophy last year and Swift the year before. But their follow-ups clearly weren’t as good, according to Grammy voters. Now these country acts know how the rappers feel! Jason Aldean, though, had a tremendous year, and he deserves _ and will _ win this honor. Now cue up that new, angry Swift song!




Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s music editor. Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for the AP. Follow both on Twitter at and