Grammy Showdown: 2012

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Record of the Year


"Rolling in the Deep"

Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Mumford and Sons

"The Cave"
Mumford & Sons

Katy Perry

Katy Perry


The Experts Say

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert
"Firework" is really inspiring. I enjoyed hearing Katy Perry expand her range and comfort level.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
I don't think radio has played a song like "Rolling in the Deep" since Tina Turner. It brings back an old-school vibe, but it's also contemporary.


There's a certain originality to Mumford & Sons' sound, and "The Cave" embodies that. It takes me to another vibe.


Vegas Odds Favor

Adele 2-3


Who Should Win: Adele

21's undeniable single united virtually all humans with a retro-mendous hook and a soul-baring vocal for the ages.

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