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January 26, 2014

Grammy predictions AND THE WINNERS MIGHT BE ... A strong year in music makes work of picking favorites

Kendrick Lamar vs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Lorde vs. Katy Perry.

“Get Lucky” vs. “Blurred Lines” a.k.a. Pharrell vs. Pharrell.

There are so many tough choices this year at the Grammy Awards, where Jay Z is the top nominee with nine, but may not be the favorite to take the most trophies when the show airs live tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lamar, Macklemore and Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams are next with seven, but none is guaranteed a trophy in what must have been a tough year for voters.

Here are a few predictions:

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.

FEKADU: Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” doesn’t even have a 20 percent chance to win this — though it should. And why isn’t Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” on the list? I can’t deal.

Putting my personal feelings aside, this is how it will work: While Taylor Swift had earth-shattering numbers, Sara Bareilles created a top-notch, memorable album, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis owned 2013, they won’t win here. That leaves Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar, who is like a second coming to hip-hop. If “Random Access Memories” was a little stronger, it would win, but I think the Recording Academy — after failing to properly award amazing rap records in the top categories — will get it right with a win for Lamar. “Poetic Justice,” indeed!

TALBOTT: Don’t be daft, punk! Looking back over the history of the Grammys, the usual winner in this category is that year’s “event” album. Those records got attention beyond the quality of the music for some reason or another.

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