Who will win (and who should win) a Grammy?

Adele is nominated for six Grammy Awards.

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  • Adele's ''Rolling'' simply dominated 2011 and will likely win record of the year
  • The only serious challenger to "21" was Kanye's brilliant "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
  • Bon Iver is only ''new'' by Academy math; still, he feels like the front-runner
There are many award-worthy artists on the ballot this year -- even some not named Adele, Bruno, Nicki, or Katy. Here's who we think will grab the gold on Feb. 12 (and who would if we had our way).
Record of the Year
Adele, ''Rolling in the Deep''
Bon Iver, ''Holocene''
Bruno Mars, ''Grenade''
Mumford & Sons, ''The Cave''
Katy Perry, ''Firework''
Who will win: Adele's already Grammy catnip, and with its immaculate songcraft and pitch-perfect production, ''Rolling'' simply dominated 2011.
Who should win: Sorry, no drama here: we're going with the Academy on this one.
Album of the year
Adele, "21"
Foo Fighters, "Wasting Light"
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
Bruno Mars, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"
Rihanna, "Loud"
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Who will win: "21" revived a bruised music industry practically by itself. And because Adele's rising tide lifted all boats, she'll be the one hoisting this award.
Who should win: Since the year's only serious challenger to "21" -- Kanye West's brilliant "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- was snubbed in this category, we're going to defer to Adele once again.
Song of the Year
Kanye West, ''All of the Lights''
Mumford & Sons, ''The Cave''
Bruno Mars, ''Grenade''
Bon Iver, ''Holocene''
Adele, ''Rolling in the Deep''
Who will win: No, really, we're not kidding -- this is Adele's year.
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Who should win: If somebody's going to topple Adele's sweep of the top awards, it should be Justin Vernon -- Bon Iver's ''Holocene'' is a stunner.
Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex
Who will win: Bon Iver is only ''new'' by Academy math; still, he feels like the front-runner here, especially considering his inclusion the Big Three categories.
Who should win: Nicki Minaj came out of nowhere and tricked us into thinking she was here the whole time. And for that, this award should truly be hers. But, unfortunately, history has rarely favored rap in this category.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, ''Someone Like You''
Lady Gaga, ''Yoü and I''
Bruno Mars, ''Grenade''
Katy Perry, ''Firework''
P!nk, ''F---in' Perfect''
Who will win: Adele's powerful, give-all pipes make her the top contender once again.
Who should win: P!nk's voice is an undeniable force, up there with even Her Majesty Adele.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse, ''Body and Soul''
The Black Keys, ''Dearest''
Coldplay, ''Paradise''
Foster the People, ''Pumped Up Kicks''
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, ''Moves Like Jagger''
Who will win: People competing against Tony tend not to win, and voters will be eager to pay their respects to the late, great Amy.
Who should win: Foster the People's ''Pumped Up Kicks'' is a great track, even if it was overplayed -- and since Foster were totally snubbed in Best New Artist, we'd give them this one.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, "21"
Cee Lo Green, "The Lady Killer"
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
Bruno Mars, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"
Rihanna, "Loud"
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Who will win: Only one vocalist completely captured American earbuds this year, and it wasn't Cee Lo.
Who should win: Adele.
Best Rock Song
Mumford & Sons, ''The Cave''
The Decemberists, ''Down by the Water''
Coldplay, ''Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall''
Radiohead, ''Lotus Flower''
Foo Fighters, ''Walk''
Who will win: Dave Grohl flexed his rock muscles this year, roaring his way back onto the radio and, likely, into this win.
Who should win: The Decemberists are historically not everyone's cup of tea, but ''Down by the Water'' -- aided by R.E.M. alum Peter Buck's guitar and Gillian Welch's vocals -- is a uniter, not a divider.
Best Rock Album
Jeff Beck, "Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul"
Foo Fighters, "Wasting Light"
Kings of Leon, "Come Around Sundown"
Red Hot Chili Peppers, "I'm With You"
Wilco,"The Whole Love"
Who will win: Light may not be the Foos' best, but it's certainly rock and definitely an album, and that's good enough for the Academy.
Who should win: Wilco's been reliably (and relatively quietly) releasing amazing rock records for years, and "The Whole Love" is no exception.
Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Death Cab for Cutie, "Codes and Keys"
Foster the People, "Torches"
My Morning Jacket, "Circuital"
Radiohead, "The King of Limbs"
Who will win: Bon Iver has a nod in three top categories, so if he loses out on those, this will be his consolation prize for not being a platinum-plated British song bird.
Who should win: While we loved the BI album as much as the next guy in line at Starbucks, My Morning Jacket's freaky redefinition of Southern rock made "Circuital" a standout.
Best Rap Album
Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Watch the Throne"
Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter IV"
Lupe Fiasco, "Lasers"
Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday"
Kanye West, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
Who will win: Since Nicki Minaj will probably lose Best New Artist, this could be the Academy's way of recognizing her breakout year.
Who should win: No disrespect to Minaj (we certainly don't want to incur the wrath of Roman Zolanski), but Kanye West has a bona fide opus on his hands, and a Grammy would fit nicely there too.
Best Country Album
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Eric Church, "Chief"
Lady Antebellum, "Own the Night"
George Strait, "Here for a Good Time"
Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
Who will win: Swift's crossover appeal makes her an obvious choice, but country voters might want to keep it in the family -- and Aldean did have a huge year.
Who should win: Since Taylor Swift is hardly even nominated in the bigger mainstream categories for what was a massive, critically admired album, we'll say she earned this one fair and square. (And yes, we know her trophy case is already full.)
Best Folk Album
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"
Steve Earle, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"
Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues"
Eddie Vedder, "Ukulele Songs"
Gillian Welch, "The Harrow & the Harvest"
Who will win: Snubbed in the Best New Artist category, industry favorites the Civil Wars are primed to get their due in this apples-and-oranges bunch.
Who should win: Fleet Foxes are actually dark horses here, but the otherworldly beauty of the band's sophomore album definitely deserves its own spotlight.
See full article at EW.com.