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The Grammy Awards are a night that can be as unpredictable as the MTV Video Music Awards yet have a seriousness to it like the Oscars.  The annual award show is broadcast on CBS February 10th at 8pm eastern time.  So far there are a wide range of performers from Taylor Swift to Rihanna, The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.

One of the highly coveted awards of the evening is Record of the Year, which in the past has gone to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and most recently Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”.  This year’s contenders range from rock, pop, R&B and alternative.  So who should win, who will win, and who got left out in the cold?  Here are my predictions as to what will go down.

Nominees-

Taylor Swift- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

The Black Keys- “Lonely Boy”

Gotye featuring Kimbra- “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Kelly Clarkson- “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”

Frank Ocean- “Thinking About You”

Fun featuring Janelle Monae- “We Are Young”

Who will win-

This one really is tough because each of these songs are strong in their own fields.  Both Kelly and Fun are nominated in this and Song of the Year category, which puts them in the front of the list as ones that are nominated in both tend to win both.  That being said,  “We Are Young” will most likely be the winner as that song was gigantic and they seem to have gained quite a lot of Grammy steam since the announcement of the nominations last month.

Who should win-

I am so privy towards Frank Ocean as his freshman effort “Channel Orange” was the best album this past year, and this song was one of the many shining examples of that.  Besides Frank, Gotye’s song should win based off of just how original and whimsical it really was.  Taylor’s is a basic pop song, Kelly’s is too even though I loved it.  “Lonely Boy” is great but not Record of the Year material, and “We Are Young” doesn’t compete in my mind with Gotye and Frank.  If I HAD to choose, it would be Frank.

Who got the shaft-

There were plenty in my opinion.  Sort of shocked that Drake and Rihanna’s “Take Care” didn’t get any nominations at all as that was the best collaboration this year by far.  “The A-Team” by Ed Sheeran picked up a Song of the Year nod but I felt deserved recognition in this category as well, and even though it dominated the hip-hop categories, both “Daughters” by Nas and “Mercy” by Kanye West should’ve been strong contenders for this category.

Who is your choice to win? Sound off and let your voice be heard!

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