RECORD OF THE YEAR
SHOULD WIN: M.I.A., ''Paper Planes''
The zeitgeist-bottling sleeper deserves recognition, but even with its major movie tie-ins to Slumdog Millionaire and the slightly less Oscar-redolent Pineapple Express it's probably too raw for grey-ponytail voters. Plus, the hook of the song is based on a sample (the Clash's 1982 punk classic ''Straight to Hell'')
WILL WIN: Coldplay, ''Viva La Vida''
Adele's ''Chasing Pavements''? Lovely. And Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's ''Please Read the Letter'' is a worthy competitor or would be, if it hadn't previously been released on a 1998 Plant & Page album. So we'll go with Grammy catnip Coldplay, unless Leona Lewis' flawless pop pinnacle ''Bleeding Love'' squeaks by.
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Sunday is music's biggest night: We predict who'll walk away with awards -- paging Coldplay -- and who'll be robbed