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Grammy Showdown 2014: Who’ll Win the Big Categories?

Will Daft Punk get lucky? Could Kendrick beat Kanye? Expert artists — and a Vegas oddsmaker — make their picks

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Will Daft Punk get lucky? Could Kendrick beat Kanye? Our all-star panel of top artists – plus a top Las Vegas oddsmaker – break it down. By Patrick Doyle

The Panel:

• Darius Rucker
• Matt Berninger of The National
• Alana Haim of Haim
• DJ-Producer A-Trak
• James Blake

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John Keatley

Album of the Year


• Sara Bareilles The Blessed Unrest
• Daft Punk Random Access Memories
• Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
• Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
• Taylor Swift Red

The Experts Say:

James Blake: Kendrick is a no-brainer. He has an amazing ability to tell a story.

Darius Rucker: Macklemore made a special record. Now he has to live up to that for the rest of his career.

Matt Berninger: Kendrick's album surprised me every 10 seconds. It's exciting, ambitious and unique.

Vegas Odds Favor:
Taylor Swift 2-1

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Who Should Win: Kendrick Lamar

The Compton MC's fresh take on West Coast rap made for a mind-blowing listen from start to finish.

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Record of the Year


• Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky"
• Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"
• Lorde "Royals"
• Bruno Mars
"Locked Out of Heaven"
• Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams
"Blurred Lines"

The Experts Say:

A-Trak: I stay on the fringes of mainstream, but Bruno Mars is dope.

Alana Haim: Whenever I listen to "Get Lucky," it brings such a good vibe. I love that disco's back!

James Blake: Pharrell wins. He can do anything he wants. That's my goal!

Vegas Odds Favor:

Bruno Mars 9-5


Daft Punk

David Black

Who Should Win: Daft Punk

Nine months after hitting radio, Daft Punk's classic-sounding disco jam still isn't close to getting old. Advantage: robots!

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Jimmy King

Best Rock Album


• Black Sabbath 13
• David Bowie The Next Day
• Kings of Leon Mechanical Bull
• Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
• Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork
• Neil Young With Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill

The Experts Say:

Matt Berninger: Queens are badass. Josh Homme does cocksure posturing in a funny, compelling way.

Darius Rucker: Crazy Horse picked up right where they left off: loud, hard rock.

Alana Haim: Bowie is still pushing boundaries with amazing music and videos.

Vegas Odds Favor:
Kings of Leon 5-2

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Who Should Win: Queens of the Stone Age

Their first album in six years was packed with heavy riffs and trippy, headphone-worthy production.

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Best Rap Album


• Drake Nothing Was the Same
• Jay Z Magna Carta… Holy Grail
• Kendrick Lamar good kid m.A.A.d city
• Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
• Kanye West Yeezus

The Experts Say:

A-Trak: It's Yeezus. Kanye always puts his ass on the line, and everyone follows.

Darius Rucker: Jay Z's records are so hot and original.

Alana Haim: This is like Sophie's Choice! But I've always been a fan of Drake. Even in the Degrassi days.

Vegas Odds Favor:
Drake 11-5

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Who Should Win: Kanye West

Kanye's confrontational sixth album took more risks than anyone last year – and they paid off. Pass the croissants!