5 things to expect as Grammy nominations approach

December 4, 2013 6:51 PM

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— HOMECOMING DANCE: Remember how it felt in high school when you just knew who would be elected homecoming king and queen long before the big dance? The Grammy nominations have that feel with Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake a virtual lock to be two of the night’s most popular picks, and probably top nominees. Swift’s “Red” has sold 6 million copies, and though it came out in November 2012, it’s had staying power right on through the late 2013 awards season. And while fan fervor diminished a bit as Timberlake released the second installment of “The 20/20 Experience,” there’s no question it will remain in the forefront in voters’ thoughts Friday.

— BREAKOUT STAR: We offer up Lorde as this year’s other likely multiple nominee. The 17-year-old from New Zealand stood in stark opposition to the swag-flavored atmosphere of this year’s singles market, offering up “Royals.” The song is a catchy refutation of popular culture that became something of...

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