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Grammy Showdown: 2012

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Best Rap Song

Kanye West

"All of the Lights"
Kanye West

Wiz Khalifa

"Black and Yellow" 
Wiz Khalifa

Dr. Dre and Eminem

"I Need a Doctor" 
Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, Skylar Grey

Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Lil' Wayne

"Look at Me Now" 
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes

Jay-Z and Kanye West

"Otis" 
Jay-Z and Kanye West

 

The Experts Say

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert
I know "Look at Me Now" is a Chris Brown song, but when Busta Rhymes comes in, he just blows everybody out of the water. It's really nice to hear him back on a track.

Common

Common 
Jay-Z and Kanye took a great sample and just rhymed over it – no hook, no breakdowns, nothing. That's the essence of rap.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson 
My older brother loves Dr. Dre, so that's all I had to listen to when I was a kid. And I love how blunt Eminem is on this song. He gets away with it.

Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus 
"All of the Lights" is undeniable. I might have sung on that song and had no idea. When you release a video and have to warn people that it may cause seizures, you know it's special.

 

Vegas Odds Favor

Kanye West 6-5

 

Who Should Win: Jay-Z and Kanye

The inventors of swag take back their title, big-upping luxury brands and vacation spots over a killer sample from Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."

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