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Grammy Showdown: 2012

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Best Rock Song

Coldplay

"Every Tearddrop Is a Waterfall"
Coldplay

Decemberists

"Down by the Water" 
The Decemberists

Foo Fighters

"Walk" 
Foo Fighters

Mumford and Sons

"The Cave" 
Mumford & Sons

Radiohead

"Lotus Flower" 
Radiohead

 

The Experts Say

Avicii

Avicii
I did a remix of "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." I liked it straightaway, but I really grew to love it from hearing the vocal so much. That track delivers what Coldplay is about.

Common

Common 
"Lotus Flower" is another Radiohead song that solidifies their prowess in the game: their presence, creativity and special abilities. Thom Yorke is doing his thing.

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert 
"Lotus Flower" is beautiful, but it doesn't feel like a rock song. It's probably "Walk" by Foo Fighters for me. That's a really solid tune.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson 
"The Cave" is awesome. I think Mumford & Sons deserve a lot of credit. They've done a really great job, and they sound completely different from everyone else right now.

 

Vegas Odds Favor

Coldplay 3-2

 

Who Should Win: Radiohead

The Foos were heavier, the Mumfords were strummier, but no band was as awesomely weird as Radiohead were on this percussion-heavy tune.

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