Week in Review: Oddsmaking the Grammy Awards

Also: Van Halen and Skrillex in concert, Karmin on their 'SNL' debut and Bret McKenzie talks 'Muppets'

February 10, 2012 5:00 PM ET
Adele performs at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles.
Adele performs at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles.
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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles this Sunday night. In anticipation of the record industry's biggest night, Rolling Stone checked in with a top Las Vegas oddsmaker and a panel of pop stars, including Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert, to determine who is most likely to win big this year. You can see if their predictions check out on Sunday night while following Rob Sheffield's interactive live blog of the event, which will kick off a half hour before showtime at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Photos: Skrillex Live in Las Vegas

Rolling Stone also talked to Gary Cherone about his time in Van Halen, learned about the newly-reunited Luscious Jackson's plans to record a new album and chatted with Karmin about their appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Plus, we reported on concerts by Skrillex, Van Halen, the B-52's and Mötley Crüe, analyzed this week's charts, looked back on this week in rock history and reviewed all the hottest new releases.

Photos: Fans' Bad and Bad Ass Rock Tattoos

In pop culture, we talked to Flight of the Conchords comedian Bret McKenzie about his Oscar nomination for writing a song for The Muppets, Peter Travers praised Chronicles and Rampart, and we recapped the latest episodes of Glee, Smash, American Idol, The Voice and Jersey Shore.

Photos: Random Notes

Our question for you this week is: What is the best Paul McCartney song of all time? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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