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Grammy Awards 2014 predictions in all major categories

Taylor Swift should win at least two more Grammy Awards.
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Who will emerge as the big winner at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Pharrell each have a handful of nominations, but we predict it will be newcomer Lorde who takes home the most trophies.

Check out our fearless predictions for the 2014 Grammys in most of the major categories.

RECORD OF THE YEAR
• Get Lucky, Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
• Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
• Royals, Lorde
• Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars
• Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke, T.I. & Pharrell Williams

With only one female nominee, you have to like the way the odds stack up in favor of Lorde. Daft Punk could be the spoiler, but expect the New Zealand teen to rightfully take this one for her offbeat take on fame and success.

Should win: Royals, Lorde
Will win: Royals, Lorde

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

Nobody really wants to see Taylor Swift win this award again, but she's going to prevail because the two rap artists will cancel each other out. (full analysis here)

Should win: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Will win: Red, Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR
• Just Give Me a Reason, Pink & Nate Ruess
• Locked Out of Heaven, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars
• Roar, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter
• Royals, Lorde & Joel Little
• Same Love, Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis

This award goes to the songwriter, and once again, Lorde should triumph, although we'd love to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis break through for their equality anthem "Same Love."

Should win: Same Love, Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis
Will win: Royals, Lorde & Joel Little

BEST NEW ARTIST
• James Blake
• Kendrick Lamar
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Kacey Musgraves
• Ed Sheeran

Lorde should have been the obvious winner here, but she mysteriously wasn't nominated, which opens the door for everyone else. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a great shot, but rap artists never win this award, so expect rising country star Kacey Musgraves to pull the upset. (full analysis here)

Should win: Kacey Musgraves
Will win: Kacey Musgraves

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
• Brave, Sara Bareilles
• Royals, Lorde
• When I Was Your Man, Bruno Mars
• Roar, Katy Perry
• Mirrors, Justin Timberlake

The Recording Academy could atone for overlooking Timberlake in the major categories by rewarding him here. But the presence of a like-minded artist in Bruno Mars could split the vote, allowing Lorde to win once again.

Should win: Royals, Lorde
Will win: Royals, Lorde

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
• Paradise, Lana Del Rey
• Pure Heroine, Lorde
• Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
• Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
• The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake

We'll guess that this is the category where the Academy finally chooses to honor JT, although Lorde or even Bruno Mars could very well take this one.

Should win: Pure Heroine, Lorde
Will win: The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
• The Worse Things Get..., Neko Case
• Trouble Will Find Me, The National
• Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
• Lonerism, Tame Impala
• Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

This one is between critical darlings Vampire Weekend and rock veterans Nine Inch Nails. NIN are Grammy favorites, with two wins and over a dozen nominations, but most came in the hard rock and metal categories. In the more tame Alternative genre, Vampire Weekend will probably prevail.

Should win: Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
Will win: Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

BEST RAP ALBUM
• Nothing Was the Same, Drake
• Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z
• good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar
• The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Yeezus, Kanye West

Even though Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar got all the publicity this year, Kanye West quietly released one of the best rap albums we've heard in a long, long time. Kanye has won this award four times already. Here comes number five.

Should win: Yeezus, Kanye West
Will win: Yeezus, Kanye West

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
• Night Train, Jason Aldean
• Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw
• Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
• Based on a True Story, Blake Shelton
• Red, Taylor Swift

Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park was the best album of 2013 in any genre, but will she be able to upset worldwide superstar Taylor Swift? Probably not.

Should win: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
Will win: Red, Taylor Swift

OTHER AWARDS
Our predictions in several other categories:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Get Lucky, Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
Best R&B Performance: How Many Drinks, Miguel & Kendrick Lamar
Best R&B Album: Love in the Future, John Legend
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna
Best Rap Performance: Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Holy Grail, Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake
Best Country Solo Performance: Mama's Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
Best Americana Album: One True Vine, Mavis Staples
Best Spoken Word Album: America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, Steven Colbert
Best Comedy Album: Live, Tig Notaro (full analysis here)
Best Song Written for Visual Media: Skyfall, Adele & Paul Epworth
Producer of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Best Music Video: Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z

The 2014 Grammy Awards air this Sunday, January 26 on CBS. Who do you think will win the most awards this year?