Grammys 2014 predictions: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde should win big

Lorde performs during the Vevo Halloween Concert at Lorde performs during the Vevo Halloween Concert at the Oval Space in east London. Lorde has four nominations at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2014, including song and record of the year for "Royals." (Oct. 31, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

"Get Lucky," Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

"Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars

"Radioactive," Imagine Dragons

"Royals," Lorde

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SHOULD WIN "Royals." Trying to represent the more realistic, non-blinged-out world should pay off handsomely for the young lady Lorde.

WILL WIN "Royals"

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"The Blessed Unrest," Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories," Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Red," Taylor Swift

SHOULD WIN "The Heist." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are underdogs who scored big hits trying to change widely held hip-hop views. The at-large Grammy voters will be happy to support that.

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WILL WIN "The Heist"

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Just Give Me a Reason," P!nk ft. Nate Ruess

"Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars

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"Roar," Katy Perry

"Royals," Lorde

"Same Love," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

SHOULD WIN "Same Love." The hip-hop anthem supporting same-sex marriage and equality manages to be simultaneously personal, inspirational and catchy. It's a feat of songwriting as well as performance, giving it the edge over P! nk and Lorde.

WILL WIN "Same Love"

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kasey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

SHOULD WIN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. In a category that's even more cray than usual, the hip-hop duo succeeded artistically and commercially. However, they may split the hip-hop vote with Lamar, and there's probably a reason Sheeran landed this nomination even though he was already a nominee last year.

WILL WIN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

"Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke

"Paradise," Lana Del Rey

"Pure Heroine," Lorde

"The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience," Justin Timberlake

"Unorthodox Jukebox," Bruno Mars

SHOULD WIN "Unorthodox Jukebox." Though Lorde's album features some truly great songs, Mars' album is eclectic and stylistically superior.

WILL WIN "The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience." Voters will have a hard time remembering how much they loved Mars' album in 2012, and they will be blinded by their need to give Timberlake's album an award.

 

BEST ROCK ALBUM

"13," Black Sabbath

"Celebration Day," Led Zeppelin

" . . . Like Clockwork," Queens Of The Stone Age

"Mechanical Bull," Kings of Leon

"The Next Day," David Bowie

"Psychedelic Pill," Neil Young with Crazy Horse

SHOULD WIN "The Next Day." Bowie's surprise album is incredibly well crafted, moving easily from somber ballads to strutting rockers.

WILL WIN "The Next Day." In a field filled with sentimental favorites, Bowie's return to form from serious illness should make him the most sentimental choice.

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail," Jay Z

"Nothing Was the Same," Drake

"Yeezus," Kanye West

SHOULD WIN "Yeezus." West's album is groundbreaking from a production and musical standpoint, and his controversial lyrics make much more sense when taken as part of his show.

WILL WIN "Yeezus." Though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will do well in the general categories, among rap purists they're going to have an uphill battle. This will go to either West or Jay Z.

 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

"Night Train," Jason Aldean

"Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw

"Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves

"Based on a True Story," Blake Shelton

"Red," Taylor Swift

SHOULD WIN "Red." Though Swift pretty much left country behind for pop stardom on this album, it still features enough twangy trimmings to keep voters happy, though Nashville-beloved Shelton may give her a run for her money.

WILL WIN "Red"

 

BEST DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM

"Random Access Memories," Daft Punk

"Settle," Disclosure

"18 Months," Calvin Harris

"Atmosphere," Kaskade

"A Color Map of the Sun," Pretty Lights

SHOULD WIN "Settle." Disclosure's album is brash, forward-thinking and potent, filled with up-and-comers like Sam Smith and Emeli Sande on guest vocals.

WILL WIN "Random Access Memories." Daft Punk's beloved disco-era throwback is well-crafted. They will "Get Lucky" for sure.

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

"Hesitation Marks," Nine Inch Nails

"Lonerism," Tame Impala

"Modern Vampires of the City," Vampire Weekend

"Trouble Will Find Me," The National

"The Worse Things Get . . . " Neko Case

SHOULD WIN "The Worse Things Get . . ." Case questions gender roles, parenting skills and indie-rock biases, all while sounding deceptively sweet and cool.

WILL WIN "Modern Vampires of the City." Vampire Weekend finally put together a commercial and critical winner that shows impressive artistic growth.

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

"Brave," Sara Bareilles

"Mirrors," Justin Timberlake

"Roar," Katy Perry

"Royals," Lorde

"When I Was Your Man," Bruno Mars

SHOULD WIN "Brave." Considering how Grammy organizers had the foresight to pit Bareilles' anthem and the Perry, um, homage in the same category, it would be oh-so-gratifying to see Bareilles come out on top.

WILL WIN "Royals." Grammy voters will want to help crown a new star, even if it means slighting their previous favorite, Timberlake.

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