Our two music awards experts — Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar — are previewing the top Grammys races. The first field in their sights is Rap. They have already given their predictions for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Duo or Group and will be forecasting the rest of the races in the days to come.
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
"Nothin’ On You," B.O.B. & Bruno Mars
"Deuces," Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem & Rihanna
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Wake Up Everybody," John Legend, The Roots, Common & Melanie Fiona
Darrin says: This is one of the year’s most competitive categories. "Lie," "Empire"and "Nothin’" are all Record of the Year and Best Rap Song nominees. Eminem is the year’s most nominated artist and Bruno Mars isn’t too far behind. However, I’m going to give the slight edge to "Empire." Jay-Z is a huge favorite here and has won this category four times which is more than any other artist. It only helps that "Empire" made the biggest impact out of all of these songs and is now the unofficial anthem for NYC; Jay-Z & Alicia Keys even performed it at the World Series. Watch out for Eminem & Rihanna though as their track is the most nominated song in this bunch.
David says: This is the most competitive race in this category's nine year history. B.o.B. & Bruno Mars' "Nothin' On You", Eminem & Rihanna's "Love The Way You" and Jay-Z & Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind" are all nominated for Record of the Year. The Record of the Year nominee has won in this category four times. You can't count out Jay-Z, the biggest previous winner in this category. However, "Love The Way You Lie" is also nominated for Song of the Year making Eminem & Rihanna the frontunners to beat.