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Competition: 2014 Grammy Awards Predictions [Cast Your Vote To Win!]

At long last the 56th annual Grammy Awards® are upon us!

The 2014 showing of music’s biggest night will be lined with performances from Beyonce & Jay Z, Madonna & Macklemore, P!nk, and so many others.  This, of course, between issuance of the industry’s most coveted prize – the golden Gram-o-phone.

Rap royal Jay Z leads the pack while his ‘Holy Grail’ co-star Justin Timberlake trails with seven nods (as does Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).  And, while ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ hitmaker Drake stands to take home 5 trophies for as many nominations, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Lorde follow with four a piece.

As we await news on who will leave with what, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your ever insightful predictions. We know who we want to win, but with your musical savvy in tow, tuck in below with your thoughts on who you think will take home the industry’s top honors in Pop, R&B, rap and gospel categories. Two lucky commenters will win the 2014 Grammy Nominees album:

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Kanye West: “Madonna Is The Greatest Visual Music Artist That Ever Lived”

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Kanye West is renowned for endorsing few others beyond Kanye West. As such, it’s both surprising and warming to see that the Hip-Hop titan has shared his love for Pop queen Madonna in the latest issue of Interview magazine.

The outspoken star not only expressed his admiration for the diva, he deemed her “the greatest visual music artist that ever lived”.

His words below…

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Controversial Kanye West Covers ‘Interview’ Magazine

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High sales may no longer be a guarantee with Kanye West (as seen by last year’s ‘Yeezus’), yet one thing the rapper is ever consistent in serving up is controversy.

Mr Kardashian poses it up in the February issue of Interview magazine, with the spread certainly likely to set tongues wagging thanks to a careful blend of dark imagery and religious overtones.

Equally engaging is West’s interview piece with Steve McQueen, excerpts from which can be found below. These days it appears few have a clear-cut understanding of who Kanye is or wants to be. However, as his words below highlight, he seems as sure of himself as sure can be.

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Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Certified Platinum

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If headlines are anything to go by, controversial Kanye West hasn’t had much to smile about of late.

However, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released news to the contrary today.

The rapper’s latest album ‘Yeezus’ has been officially certified Platinum in the US.

Details after the jump…

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Did You Know: No African American Artist Had A #1 Hit in 2013? [Weigh In]

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With digital downloads and online streams becoming two of the more dominant ingredients in the recipe of most of Billboard Hot 100 hits today, critics started to argue that topping the chart had become easier than ever to achieve.  But, despite the likes of Jay Z, Drake, and Beyonce making headlines in 2013 for moving some of the year’s most impressive numbers on Billboard 200, they have another commonality – no Hot 100 #1 singles.

In fact, they join a bevy of African American hitmakers (i.e. Alicia Keys, Kanye West, J. Cole) who delivered chart-topping albums in late 2012 or 2013 without the aid of a similarly successful single.

Even this generation’s Hot 100 queen Rihanna, whose #1 single ‘Diamonds’ was dethroned two weeks before 2013’s beginning, did not see her name stamped atop the tally [as a leading act] for a song she released this year…

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T-Pain Explains Influence On Kanye West: ‘I Felt Unappreciated’

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‘Bartender’ performer T-Pain has reveals that he feels hurt & ‘unappreciated’ by the world’s refusal to acknowledge his influence on rapper Kanye West’s critically claimed ‘8o8s and Heartbreak.’

Why the ‘Low’ lyricist believes he deserves credit for the project’s impact on Pop culture?

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Kanye West Weighs In On ‘Dangerous’ Job: ‘It’s Like Being At War’

Does Kanye West believe his job as a musician is just as dangerous as a soldier’s job at war?

Well, if a new rant spawned by the entertainer is anything to go by, he just may be.

That’s right, in a new interview reportedly taped during his recent ‘Yeezus’ promotional run, he goes to great lengths to explain why facing criticism from the press is akin to the danger police officers and soldiers everyday.

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