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Grammys 2015: Charli XCX, Wayne Coyne, Eric Church and More Predict the Winners

Grammy nominees past and present break down six big categories

Charli XCX, Patrick Carney, Eric Church, Wayne Coyne

Charli XCX, Patrick Carney, Eric Church, and Wayne Coyne.

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Is this Iggy Azalea's year, or could Sam Smith pull off a sweep? Who rocked harder, Beck or U2? And we can't count out Taylor, right? Our expert panel of artists predicts the top winners in six categories.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

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Best New Artist

The Nominees

Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

The Experts Say

Patrick Carney: Isn't this award considered a curse? I'm friends with Haim, so maybe I shouldn't pick them. But I'm going to do it anyway.

Eric Church: I'm going with Brandy Clark. I'm so stoked that she was nominated, and I hope it sends more people her way — because she's phenomenal.

Wayne Coyne: You know what? I'm picking Iggy again. Maybe she'll win all the awards.

Charli XCX: I've spent a lot of time with Iggy in the past year, and she's worked really hard. But Haim are just badass. They made an incredible record, and they're three of the coolest people in the music industry.

Vegas Odds Favor

Sam Smith 1-5

Who Should Win

Sam Smith had the best year of all these artists. In the Lonely Hour declared him a powerhouse vocalist with a gift for pop-soul songwriting.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Record of the Year

The Nominees

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

The Experts Say

Charli XCX: Obviously, it would be cool to win myself, but as a listener, "Chandelier" blew my mind. The melodies she wrote are so intricate. And her voice is incredible.

Patrick Carney: Sia, for sure. That's one of the best hooks of the year.

Eric Church: "All About That Bass" was a big record, but I can't see anything other than Taylor here. She stands far above the rest. "Shake It Off" is just hooky as hell.

Wayne Coyne: I've only heard "Fancy" by accident, but I like it. It doesn't really seem like rap, it's more pop.

Vegas Odds Favor

Sam Smith 4-5

Who Should Win

This one is Taylor's to lose. "Shake It Off" was 2014's most unforgettable chorus by far. Admit it, you still hum it to yourself once in a while.

Beyonce

Beyonce

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Album of the Year

The Nominees

Beck, Morning Phase
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

The Experts Say

Eric Church: This is an incredibly strong category. I like Ed Sheeran's record, but I'm going to go with Beck's Morning Phase, for the mood of it, and the uniqueness and the consistent vibe.

Charli XCX: Sam Smith has got this. His record is so universal, and I think he really deserves to be recognized for it — it's so classic, but it's also pop. I love Beyoncé too, though.

Patrick Carney: I'm picking Beck. I've been a Beck fan since high school. I probably saw the Odelay tour three or four times.

Vegas Odds Favor

Beyoncé 6-5

Who Should Win

A year after Beyoncé's unorthodox release surprised the world, her pop triumph is still blowing our minds.

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