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Five deserving candidates. Ocean and Alabama Shakes have the most talent, but Ocean’s other nominations give him momentum for a victory here.
Best alternative album: My vote and the Grammy go to Fiona Apple for “The Idler Wheel.” Potent stuff.
Rap album: It’s a two-horse contest between Drake and Nas, who wins by a nose for “Life Is Good.”
Rock album: Beloved Bruce Springsteen snares another Grammy for “Wrecking Ball” but Jack White and Black Keys are more deserving.
Country album: Miranda Lambert is a lock for “Four the Record.”
Americana album: Not sure how Bonnie Raitt ended up in this category. Her “Slipstream” is first-rate but this one screams “Babel,” by Mumford & Sons.
Blues album: Although no one thinks of Dr. John as a blues artist, his outstanding “Locked Down” is Grammy-worthy.
Dance recording: Skrillex owns this category once again, scoring with “Bangarang.”
Pop vocal album: Maroon 5 — 2005’s best new artist — continues its Grammy success with “Overexposed.”
Pop solo performance: Despite competition from Clarkson, Adele grabs one more Grammy for a live version of “Set Fire to the Rain.”
R&B performance: If voters are listening closely, they’ll honor Miguel for “Adorn.”
Rap/sung collaboration: Jay-Z is competing against himself but he can’t trump sentiment, so Nas will win for “Cherry Wine,” featuring the late Amy Winehouse.
Country solo performance: It’s five guys and Carrie Underwood, who will prevail for the song “Blown Away.”
Producer of the year: Is this a two-man competition between Dan Auerbach (Black Keys, Dr. John) and Markus Dravs (Mumford, Coldplay)? Or will a big night of fun. mean that Jeff Bhasker triumphs? Auerbach is the pick here.
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