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What's In Store At The Grammys

by Mark Barger

LOS ANGELES (NBC) - Beyonce comes into the Grammys as the lady to beat with ten nominations overall.

"They love to give these huge handfuls of awards to one artist every year," said Entertainment Weekly music critic Leah Greenblatt.

Beyonce's up for Record of The Year for "Single Ladies", Song of The Year for "Halo" and Album of The Year for "I Am Sasha Fierce".

Still, she could strike out in all three, according to Greenblatt.

"The record came out in 2008," she cautioned. "I'm not sure how far back voters memories go. It's yielded all these hits. It's an unqualified success, but it's not as fresh."

Beyonce's competition in all three categories includes country pop sensation Taylor Swift.

"She's the golden child," according to Greenblatt.

Swift's best seller "Fearless" is the hunt for Album of The Year and the single "You Belong To Me" has possibilities for Record and Song of The Year.

Lady Gaga's the third triple threat contender: "The Fame" for Album of The Year and "Poker Face" for Record and Song, but Greenblatt thinks her biggest prize may come with her performance on Sunday night's show.

"I think she might know she doesn't have a great shot in some of these upper categories," Greenblatt said, "But she's going to make sure you remember her."

Upsets could also be the buzz, like the Dave Matthews Band beating out the ladies and the Black Eyed Peas for Album of The Year with "Big Whiskey and the GrouxGroux King".

"It may be their turn, even though it wasn't a phenomenal critical or commercial success," Greenblatt said. "They're well respected and the women may just split the vote, honestly."

A similar split could benefit The Kings of Leon and give them Record of The Year for "Use Somebody".

"It's an old-fashioned rock record," according to Greenblatt.

And often times, as with big Grammy winners Green Day and U2 in 2005, it's rock that rolls at the Grammys.

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