Best Rap Performance
Will Win/Should Win - The Throne "N**gas in Paris"
Could Win - Drake feat. Lil Wayne "HYFR" or Kanye West "Mercy"
Could Win - Nas and Amy Winehouse "Cherry Wine"
Commentary - Grammy voters may relish one more time to honor the late Amy Winehouse, and, as hard as it is to believe, Nas has never won a Grammy Award. But that being said, I think that the dream team of Jay-Z, Kanye West, The-Dream, and Frank Ocean may simply be too many names for voters to pass up.
Best Rap Song
Will Win - The Throne "N**gas in Paris"
Could Win - Nas "Daugthers" or Kanye West "Mercy"
Should Win - Nas "Daughters"
Commentary - In terms of impressive lyrics, no one in recent memory has quite matched Nas. But the popularity of West and Jay-Z and of the song should translate easily to this category.
Best Rap Album
Will Win - Drake "Take Care"
Could Win - Nas "Life is Good"
Should Win - Nas, Rick Ross "God Forgives, I Don't", or The Roots "undun"
Commentary - Since Killer Mike was criminally snubbed, I would go for either Nas, The Roots, or Rick Ross, all great artists who have unfortunately been ignored too often by the Recording Academy. But my guess is that critical favorite and biggest rap album of the year, Drake's Take Care, will walk away with the gold instead.