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Continued: Watch Grammys for live music, not awards

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 9, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, the Lumineers and Frank Ocean.

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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  • THE GRAMMYS

    When: 7 p.m. Sun. Where: WCCO, Ch. 4. Host: LL Cool J

    Performers: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, Elton John and Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Mumford & Sons, fun., the Black Keys, Frank Ocean, the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Bruno Mars with Sting, and more.

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