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Album of the Year: Bruno Mars

Does the Recording Academy have enough members who are rap fans for a rap album to win when there are two strong, evenly matched rap nominees? I don’t think so. That’s a lucky break for Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic (or, as a longshot, Lorde’s Melodrama). (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Grammy 2018 predictions: Expect Bruno, ‘Despacito’ to win big

Paul Grein

This year, two rappers, Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, are competing for Grammys for both Album and Record of the Year. Will that double the chances of one of them winning — or reduce them, by splitting the vote of hip-hop fans? And will the presence of Childish Gambino in those same two categories further split the vote of fans of R&B and hip-hop?

We’ll find out the answers to these and other burning questions when the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are presented on Sunday, Jan. 28. To help you get ready for the telecast, here are the likely winners in two dozen key categories.