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For an artist, winning a Grammy award is the end result of years of hard work and sacrifice.  Selling albums are great, adoring fans are awesome but nothing says job well done like a golden gramophone. This year’s award show takes place on Feb. 12th at 8pm on CBS.

Just like any music fan, there are categories that I follow and there are categories that just don’t spark my interest. Once the nominees are announced you can pretty much predict who will win, but it’s still fun to look into your magic 8 ball and see if you can guess correctly.

My friend Vernesia has decided to give her two cents and predict who she thinks will win also.  Our predictions for who we think will win are in BOLD letters, but the artists that we’re rooting for are in italics.

Album Of The Year: Rihanna had a great year but I think Adele is going to win this award.

  • 21— Adele

  • Wasting Light— Foo Fighters
Born This Way— Lady Gaga
  • Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
Loud — Rihanna

Record Of The Year: This is a tight race but my friend Vernesia said Katy Perry and her “Firework” is going to blow the competition out of the water.  (I still think Adele will win this one though).

  • “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele

  • “Holocene” — Bon Iver
  • “Grenade” — Bruno Mars
”The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
”Firework” — Katy Perry

Song Of The Year: It’s between Kanye and Adele but let’s face it, this is the year of the Adele.

  • “All Of The Lights” — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)

  • “The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
”Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
”Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
  • “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best Pop Solo Performance
: I will bet you any amount of money that the Academy will give Lady Gaga the win because Adele will sweep her in every other category.

  • “Someone Like You” — Adele 
  • “Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
”Grenade” — Bruno Mars
”Firework” — Katy Perry
  • “F***in’ Perfect” — Pink

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
 I think Cee-lo Green and Melanie Fiona should win but because Betty Wright has been around a very very long time and the Academy likes old people, I predict that she and the Roots will win this category.

  • “Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
”Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
  • “Radio Message” — R. Kelly
”Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
  • “Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album:
 Vernesia and myself agree that Chris Brown is not R & B but since he is in this category and he somewhat turned his bad press into decent press, I think he will win this one.  However, Ledisi should win.

  • F.A.M.E.— Chris Brown

  • Second Chance — El DeBarge
Love Letter — R. Kelly
 (Vernesia’s Pick)
  • Pieces Of Me— Ledisi
 (Stephanie’s Pick)
  • Kelly— Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: We both think Party is going to win because this is this the only category that Beyonce is in.  In a perfect world, we want Kelly to win so she can beat Beyonce.

  • “Party” — Beyoncé & André 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

Best Rap Performance:
 It would be nice if Lupe won but even with him dumbing his lyrics down for the masses, he’s still too deep for mainstream music.  With that being said, “Otis” will win because of it’s nostalgic value and because its Jay-Z and Kanye on the mic.

  • “Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
  • “Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
  • “The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco

  • “Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake
  • “Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa

For a complete list of nominees click HERE.

Who are you rooting for?