Grammys 2013 Predictions: Who Should & Will Win
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When the winners of the 55th annual Grammy Awards are revealed on Sunday night (Feb. 10), we can all expect to be surprised a few times when the “obvious” candidate doesn’t get the award they “deserved.” We at obsess over guessing who'll take home the golden gramophones as much as all music fans. So after several days of arguing, shoving and even a little crying, we have collectively come up with a list of not only who we think will win the big four awards -- Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year -- but who we think is most deserving of the honor. Trust us, it wasn't easy. Check out our picks and tell us if you agree in the comments section below.

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GOTYEShould Win: "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye KELLY CLARKSONWill Win: "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"- Kelly Clarkson
Gotye’s single is special because of his delivery. Sounding like a mellow jaded ex, he sings as if he’s hollow within—in the dumps and almost down for the count. That is, until the hook comes. “You didn’t have to cut me off!” he wails to whoever broke his heart. The pain is palpable. So why will Kelly Clarkson win? Well, she’s the easy pick—widely loved with two Grammys to her name already (one was for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2006, thanks to her 2004 single “Since You’ve Been Gone”—a cut similar to the one she’s being nominated for this year.)  Combine that with the fact that “Stronger,” where she vocally travels from reserved to defiantly triumphant, is a premium rock pop breakup cut and Record of the Year is all hers. 
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CHANNEL ORANGEShould Win: “Channel Orange” – Frank Ocean  BABELWill Win: “Babel” – Mumford & Sons
If you ask us, Frank Ocean should leave with a Grammy for almost every category he’s nominated for, foremost among them Album of the Year, "Channel Orange" is the best conceived album among those nominated, incorporating funk, rock, and R&B are all apparent with a vocal delivery that’s both passionate and cool. He’s the closest thing we’ve gotten to Prince in a good while. Still, for all the critical acclaim his “Orange” has earned, Mumfords & Sons’ brand of English folk — rootsy heartache and frustration— seems a bit easier to digest for the often staid Grammy voters than the highbrow “Orange.” At times it feels like Frank doesn’t want to be understood completely, whereas Mumford & Sons is the kind of accessibly, rock-based music that's been celebrated at the Grammys for years.
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CARLY RAE JEPSENShould Win: "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen FUNWill Win: "We Are Young" - Fun. Feat. Janelle Monae
This category, which celebrates songwriting, features a diverse mix of happy-go-lucky pop, wrenching storytelling and love letters, but the clever time signature and all-encompassing hook of "We Are Young" should guide it to a win here. But while fun.'s collaboration with Janelle Monae was one of the biggest songs of 2012, it wasn't the best pop song of last year — that honor belongs to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." The ubiquitous ode to unchecked flirtation deserves some Grammy love. Fellow nominees Miguel and Ed Sheeran will no doubt serve up even stronger gems as their careers progress, but it's hard to imagine Jepsen and songwriters Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay writing another song quite as perfect as "Call Me Maybe."
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FRANK OCEANShould Win: Frank Ocean FRANK OCEANWill Win: Frank Ocean
While "Channel Orange" is a complex work of art with twists and turns that will likely prove too difficult for the Grammy voters' to fully embrace as Album of the Year, Ocean should score an easy win here for presenting himself as a fully formed new artist with fresh ideas in a storied genre. Fun. has the best shot at depriving Ocean of what he rightly deserves, but the R&B renaissance man has a very good chance of following in the tradition of recent offbeat winners like Esperanza Spalding and Bon Iver.

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