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Lorde to reign at Grammys

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Kiwi teenager Lorde is expected to dominate the Grammy Awards, with four wins including the elite categories Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Bookmakers say the 17-year-old is almost certain to win Song of the Year for her worldwide hit Royals at Monday’s (AEDT) ceremony in Los Angeles. The song came in at number two in Triple J’s Australia Day Hottest 100 countdown.

The bookies have her at the short-priced odds of 8/11 in the category, just ahead of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for Same Love.

Lorde’s biggest threat for Record of the Year is Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ Get Lucky while she is also favourite for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.

New Zealand-born, Australian-raised Keith Urban, who is hoping for the fifth Grammy of his career, is nominated for his Highway Don’t Care collaboration with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

There will be plenty of Australians competing for Grammys in Los Angeles, with Australian Bluegrass group The Greencards up for Best Folk Album, Perth psychedelic rock group Tame Impala (Best Alternative Music album) and Melbourne soul band Hiatus Kaiyote (Best R&B Performance).

Baz Luhrmann is nominated for his The Great Gatsby compilation soundtrack.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra will also have a role in four categories, helping Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks score nominations in Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo and David Frost who is nominated for Producer of the Year and Best Engineered Classical Album.

With 82 categories to be announced on Monday AEDT, the Grammys are divided into two ceremonies.

The pre-TV telecast ceremony, where 70 categories will be announced, begins at 8am Monday AEDT while the main ceremony where the top categories are announced and televised live begins at midday AEDT.

Jay-Z has nine nominations, more than any other artist.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake have seven nominations while Lorde, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift have four.