That's the view of our two formidable forum moderators and Grammy seers extraordinaire — Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch and David "Guru" Schnelwar. See their extended views below and find out tonight if they're correct when nominations are unveiled on the Grammy nominations TV special airing on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT. To see DoubleD's and Guru's predix for best album of the year, click here. To see their predix for best record, click here.
BEST NEW ARTIST: GURU'S PREDIX
The Ting Tings
Kings of Leon
GURU'S THOUGHTS: Female artists seemed to make a big breakthrough in 2008, but it is hard to imagine that best new artist will have all female nominees.
I think Katy Perry, Leona Lewis and Duffy are definite contenders. Sara Bareilles is also likely.
I am not confident about any bands or any artists in R&B, rap or country. For the last two years, the Grammys had unexpected nominees like Imogen Heap (in 2006) and Ledisi (in 2007) So ... anyone is possible.
BEST NEW ARTIST: DOUBLE D'S PREDIX
Kings of Leon
DOUBLE D'S THOUGHTS: Leona Lewis and Duffy are sure bets here. Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera (who actually won) all received nominations in this category, so voters clearly aren’t above nominating disposable teen pop. I think the Jonas Brothers will get in based on the strength of their breakout year. One Republic has had a handful of hits this eligibility period, and that'll be enough to get them in too. Katy Perry's album is a commercial disappointment, but the one-two punch of "I Kissed A Girl" and "Hot N Cold" will land her a nod here, though the recent "SNL" exposure for Adele and the critical acclaim for Estelle could knock her out. Voters have thrown a wild-card nominee in this race the last two years (Imogean Heap and Ledisi, respectively) so anything could happen in this category.