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"Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!" » Brian Setzer
Will win » Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, rockabilly revivalist Brian Setzer, the legendary Booker T. and five-time Grammy winner Daniel Ho are all much better-known than Utah native and classical violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, who might be considered the Bon Iver of the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. But Baker’s collection of Kurt Bestor-arranged Disney songs is appealing to children and adults, and the princess dress she wears on the cover of her album might come in handy if she wins. Plus, she records for Shadow Mountain Records, a label owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so you can say God is on her side.
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I’d rather listen to » Only a pre-op Tin Man wouldn’t want to listen to Disney songs.
Best Dance Recording
"Raise Your Weapon" » Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
"Barbra Streisand" » Duck Sauce
"Sunshine" » David Guetta & Avicii
"Call Your Girlfriend" » Robyn
"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" » Skrillex
Will win » At first glance, you might be surprised to see Barbra Streisand on this list. Look again, because the name of the song is "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce, a DJ duo consisting of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. But voters might get confused anyway and might vote for Barbra — one of the few entertainers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony — because she wins everything.
I’d rather listen to » Skrillex divides listeners, but I appreciate a DJ bringing the bass-heavy, clipped style of "dubstep" to the forefront. Besides, watching people trying to dance to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" is entertaining.
Best Rock Performance
"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" » Coldplay
"Down by the Water" » The Decemberists
"Walk" » Foo Fighters
"The Cave" » Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower" » Radiohead
Will win » It better not be Radiohead, a band that hasn’t written a listenable song since 1999. But it probably will be, because people vote for things they think they’re supposed to like but are too afraid to admit that they dislike. Radiohead is bollocks.
I’d rather listen to » The Decemberists when I feel like listening to R.E.M. pre-"Monster," and Coldplay when I feel like listening to R.E.M. post-"Monster."
Best Rap Performance
"Look at Me Now" » Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta RhymesNext Page >
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