The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Grammy Predictions: The Pop & Dance Categories

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Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience" was inexplicably passed over for an Album of the Year nomination, but Timberlake will probably take home a nice consolation prize—Best Pop Vocal Album. It would be Timberlake's second victory in the category. He previously won with his 2003 solo debut album, "Justified." A second win would put him in a tie with Kelly Clarkson for the most wins since the category was introduced in 1994. The other nominees are Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox," Lana Del Rey's "Paradise," Lorde's "Pure Heroine" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

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Timberlake is nominated in two other categories in the pop field, but probably won't win either one. "Mirrors" is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, but will probably lose to Lorde's "Royals." It's the front-runner to win for both Record and Song of the Year.

Bruno Mars's plaintive "When I Was Your Man" is also a strong contender. The other nominees are Sara Bareilles's "Brave" and Katy Perry's "Roar."

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"Suit & Tie," a snazzy Timberlake/Jay Z collaboration, is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, but will probably lose to "Just Give Me A Reason" by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess. The other three nominees are also collaborations: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers and "Stay" by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko.

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Herb Alpert's "Steppin' Out" is the front-runner to win for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Alpert has been a Grammy favorite since 1965, when the zesty Tijuana Brass hit "A Taste Of Honey" took Record of the Year. The other nominees are Boney James' "The Beat," Earl Klugh's "Handpicked," Jeff Lorber Fusion's "Hacienda" and "Summer Horns" by Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot.

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As the front-runner to win for Album of the Year, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is a lock to win for Best Dance/Electronica Album. It will be the duo's second win in the category, tying The Chemical Brothers and Skrillex for the most wins since the category was added in 2004. The other nominees are Disclosure's "Settle," Calvin Harris' "18 Months," Kaskade's "Atmosphere" and Pretty Lights' "A Color Map Of The Sun."

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Daft Punk's smash "Get Lucky" was slotted in the pop field, which clears the way for "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch to win for Best Dance Recording. The other nominees are Kaskade's "Atmosphere" and three collaborations: "Clarity" by Zedd featuring Foxes, "Need U (100%)" by Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK and "This Is What It Feels Like" by Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie.

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Tony Bennett and Michael Buble are locked in a tight race for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. They are the two most frequent winners since the category was introduced in 1991. Bennett has won 11 times; Buble, three times. Buble beat Bennett four years ago when his live album beat a Bennett Christmas album. This time around, Buble is competing with "To Be Loved," a chart-topping studio album; Bennett with "Viva Duets," his third collection of duets (this time featuring Latin music stars). It will be close, but I'll put my money on Buble.

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Gloria Estefan, who is among the Latin music stars featured on Bennett's album, is competing with an album of her own, "The Standards." The other nominees are Cee Lo Green's "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" and Dionne Warwick's "Now."

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