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Grammy predictions: Who will win and who got shafted

A music critic’s predictions of who will win and who should win Grammy Awards, airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS — and his opinion of who got shafted in the nominations.


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At the 56th annual Grammy Awards (8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, on CBS) the Recording Academy again aims to reward “artistic excellence” in 82 categories. Below are foolhardy predictions on how the thousands of academy members will vote for some of the key awards, and several worthy artists the Grammys shouldn’t have ignored (remember, only recordings released from Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30 are eligible).

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nominees: “The Blessed Unrest,” Sara Bareilles; “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk; “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” Kendrick Lamar; “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “Red,” Taylor Swift.

Who will win: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

Who should win: “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” Kendrick Lamar

Who got shafted: “Nothing Was the Same,” Drake

RECORD OF THE YEAR

(Award to the artist and the producer, recording engineer and-or mixer)

Nominees: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk; “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons; “Royals,” Lorde; “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars; “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke.

Who will win: “Get Lucky”

Who should win: “Get Lucky”

Who got shafted: “Dance Apocalyptic,” Janelle Monáe

SONG OF THE YEAR

(A songwriter’s award)

Nominees: “Just Give Me a Reason,” Pink; “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars; “Roar,” Katy Perry; “Royals,” Lorde; “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Who will win: “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Who should win: “Royals,” Lorde

Who got shafted: “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” Chance the Rapper

BEST NEW ARTIST

(For an artist who releases the first recording that establishes the artist’s public identity)

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Who will win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Who should win: Kendrick Lamar

Who got shafted: Lorde

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Nominees: “Paradise,” Lana Del Rey; “Pure Heroine,” Lorde; “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars; “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke; “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience,” Justin Timberlake.

Who will win: “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience,” Justin Timberlake

Who should win: “Pure Heroine,” Lorde

Who got shafted: “Push Any Button,” Sam Phillips

BEST ROCK ALBUM

Nominees: “13,” Black Sabbath; “The Next Day,” David Bowie; “Mechanical Bull,” Kings of Leon; “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin; “… Like Clockwork,” Queens of the Stone Age; “Psychedelic Pill,” Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

Who will win: “Mechanical Bull,” Kings of Leon

Who should win: “… Like Clockwork,” Queens of the Stone Age

Who got shafted: “Light Up Gold,” Parquet Courts

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM

Nominees: “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight ...” Neko Case; “Trouble Will Find Me,” the National; “Hesitation Marks,” Nine Inch Nails; “Lonerism,” Tame Impala; “Modern Vampires of the City,” Vampire Weekend.

Who will win: “Hesitation Marks,” Nine Inch Nails

Who should win: “Lonerism,” Tame Impala

Who got shafted: “Silence Yourself,” Savages

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Nominees: “Love and War,” Tamar Braxton; “Side Effects of You,” Fantasia; “One: In the Chamber,” Salaam Remi; “Unapologetic,” Rihanna; “New York: A Love Story,” Mack Wilds.

Who will win: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna

Who should win: “One: In the Chamber,” Salaam Remi

Who got shafted: “Kiss Land,” The Weeknd

BEST RAP ALBUM

Nominees: “Nothing Was the Same,” Drake; “Magna Carta ... Holy Grail,” Jay Z; “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” Kendrick Lamar; “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “Yeezus,” Kanye West.

Who will win: “Nothing Was the Same,” Drake

Who should win: “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” Kendrick Lamar

Who got shafted: “Acid Rap,” Chance the Rapper

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

Nominees: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell; “Love Has Come For You,” Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; “Buddy and Jim,” Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale; “One True Vine,” Mavis Staples; “Songbook,” Allen Toussaint.

Who will win: “One True Vine,” Mavis Staples

Who should win: “Songbook,” Allen Toussaint

Who got shafted: “American Kid,” Patty Griffin

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Nominees: “Night Train,” Jason Aldean; “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Tim McGraw; “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves; “Based on a True Story,” Blake Shelton; “Red,” Taylor Swift.

Who will win: “Red,” Taylor Swift

Who should win: “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves

Who got shafted: “Cheater’s Game,” Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis



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