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Grammy Showdown: 2012

Rolling Stone asked a panel of experts to make their predictions for music's big prize

February 6, 2012 2:43 PM ET

Grammy Showdown, Adele, Bruno Mars,  Wilco, Nicki Minaj
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Can Adele pull off a clean sweep? Will Kanye West win solo or with big bro Jay-Z? Our all-star panel – and a Las Vegas oddsmaker – break it down.

Panel of ExpertsAdam Lambert, Common, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, producer-DJ Avicii and Kelly Clarkson

Album of the Year

Adele

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Adele

Foo Fighters

Wasting Light
Foo Fighters

Lady Gaga

Born This Way
Lady Gaga

Bruno Mars

Doo-Wop & Hooligans
Bruno Mars

Rihanna

Loud
Rihanna

 

The Experts Say

Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus
Adele's album was inescapable this year. Housewives, hipsters and people who normally listen to hip-hop all love it.

Common

Common
I can put Adele's album on and listen to the whole thing. But Lady Gaga may pull off an upset.

Avicii

Avicii
Bruno Mars had a shitload of hits on Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and he's so talented. His melodies really get to me.

 

Vegas Odds Favor

Adele 1-2

 

Who Should Win: Adele

After owning the charts for more than a year, Adele's hit-stacked LP is all but guaranteed to take the prize.

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