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It’s that time of year again, the 51st Grammy awards are tonight and final rehearsals are underway.

Here’s a partial list of the nominees and our predictions for the winners.

Record Of The Year

* Chasing Pavements

* Viva La Vida

* Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis

* Paper Planes

* Please Read The Letter
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Plant and Krauss are poised for a Grammy sweep with their multiple nominations across several categories. Alison is already a Grammy darling and Robert has the whole classic rock thing.

Album Of The Year

* Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

* Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne

* Year Of The Gentleman

* Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

* In Rainbows

Again, as they’re nominated for both album of the year and record of the year it seems likely these two will win this as well. That is, unless Coldplay snags it.

Best New Artist

* Adele

* Duffy

* Jonas Brothers

* Lady Antebellum

* Jazmine Sullivan

This one’s a tough call, none of these artist’s have made quite the splash that other “best new artists” have in the past. Though if I had to pick one, it’d be Duffy.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

* All Summer Long
Kid Rock

* Say
John Mayer

* That Was Me
Paul McCartney

* I’m Yours
Jason Mraz

* Closer

* Wichita Lineman
James Taylor

James Taylor and Paul McCartney are the safe choices, but don’t count out John Mayer

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

* Viva La Vida

* Waiting In The Weeds

* Going On
Gnarls Barkley

* Won’t Go Home Without You
Maroon 5

* Apologize

The Eagles are again, the safe bet. It’s been a long time since they’ve had anything new and Long Road Out of Eden got a ton of anticipation.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

* Lesson Learned
Alicia Keys & John Mayer

* 4 Minutes
Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

* Rich Woman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

* If I Never See Your Face Again
Rihanna & Maroon 5

* No Air
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Of these pairings, the Plant/Krauss one is the most unlikely therefore the most likely to win.

Best Pop Vocal Album

* Detours
Sheryl Crow

* Rockferry

* Long Road Out Of Eden

* Spirit
Leona Lewis

* Covers
James Taylor

Sheryl’s Detours is probably her best album of recent memory. My guess is it’ll go to her or the Eagles.

Best Electronic/Dance Album

* New York City
Brazilian Girls

* Alive 2007
Daft Punk

* Bring Ya To The Brink
Cyndi Lauper

* X
Kylie Minogue

* Last Night

* Robyn

It’s a tie between Kylie Minogue and Cyndi Lauper, especially since it seems like a bit of a stretch for them to be in the dance/electronica category not pop.

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

* Gravity
John Mayer

* I Saw Her Standing There
Paul McCartney

* Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen

* Rise
Eddie Vedder

* No Hidden Path
Neil Young

Bruce is riding the wave of his Superbowl performance and the release of Working on a Dream. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take this prize.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

* Rock N Roll Train

* Violet Hill

* Long Road Out Of Eden

* Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon

* House Of Cards

It’ll be either Coldplay or the Eagles, depending upon else they both win.

Best Rock Song

* Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen

* House Of Cards

* I Will Possess Your Heart
Death Cab for Cutie

* Sex On Fire
Kings of Leon

* Violet Hill

If Bruce doesn’t win best rock performance, he’ll win best rock song.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

* Shiftwork
Kenny Chesney & George Strait

* Killing The Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

* House Of Cash
George Strait & Patty Loveless

* Life In A Northern Town
Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town

* Let The Wind Chase You
Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

While Plant and Krauss belong more in this category that the more rock-orientated categories they’ve been nominated for, I still think they’ll sweep.

Best Traditional Folk Album

* Coal
Kathy Mattea

* Comedians & Angels
Tom Paxton

* Bring Me Home
Peggy Seeger

* At 89
Pete Seeger

* Strangers In Another Country
Rosalie Sorrels

With two Seegers in the running, Pete is most likely.

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

* Day After Tomorrow
Joan Baez

* I, Flathead
Ry Cooder

* Sex & Gasoline
Rodney Crowell

* All I Intended To Be
Emmylou Harris

* Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

While I’d like to see Emmylou win another Grammy, she’s got still competition in Robert and Alison who have the better album.

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