Will Beyonce Or Taylor Swift Rule The Grammys? Oddsmakers Weigh In

Ladbrokes and Bodog oddsmakers say Swift is the favorite for Sunday night.

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards air Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and it’s sure to be a star-packed night. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Jay-Z lead the nominees , and what we’re most looking forward to is some good old-fashioned Grammy wagering.

We love gambling. Some people might even say we’re addicted to it. And while we can totally quit whenever we want, the Grammys are perhaps the most excellent betting event of the year. Wagering on them is basically like wagering on which way the wind will blow or what color socks that dude in the cubicle next to you will wear tomorrow: The results are almost completely random, which really spices things up.

Still, there are those out there who are experts at handicapping these sorts of things (they’re called oddsmakers), and in the hopes of getting a leg up, we turned to them for some advice. These are their picks for the night’s biggest categories — Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus everyone’s favorite crapshoot, Best New Artist. We’re not gonna lie, we’re relying pretty hard on their expertise — we need a new flat-screen TV.

Anyway, from two of the best oddsmakers in the gamble-verse, here are the odds for the 2010 Grammys.

Ladbrokes
“The thing with the Grammys is, it goes through all the markets and is based largely on how the songs are received,” said Nick Weinberg, Ladbrokes’ chief sports, politics and novelty oddsmaker. “Beyoncé’s odds are probably a bit shorter than they should be. Because she’s a name, she can release a terrible album, and it would be nominated for an award. … But Taylor Swift is the selection. All things being equal, she should win it. Quite an impressive record — which is why we made it our favorite.”

Album of the Year
» Taylor Swift, Fearless: 11/8
» Beyoncé, I Am … Sasha Fierce: 5/2
» Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.: 3/1
» Lady Gaga, The Fame: 6/1
» Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: 8/1

Record of the Year
» Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”:13/8
» Beyoncé, “Halo”: 9/4
» Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”: 4/1
» Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”: 5/1
» Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”: 5/1

Song of the Year
» Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”: 6/4
» Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”: 9/4
» Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”: 3/1
» Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”: 5/1
» Maxwell, “Pretty Wings”: 10/1

Best New Artist
» MGMT: 7/4
» Keri Hilson: 11/8
» The Ting Tings: 4/1
» Zac Brown Band: 6/1
» Silversun Pickups: 10:1

Bodog
“This Year’s Grammy Awards could be a clean sweep in the three main categories as Taylor Swift is the favorite to win Best Album, Record and Song of the Year,” Bodog.com sportsbook manager Richard Gardner said. “And Bodog.com’s bettors seem to think it may be possible. As of right now, all the early money is on Swift to do just that.”

Album of the Year
» Taylor Swift, Fearless: 5/4
» Beyoncé, I Am … Sasha Fierce: 2/1
» Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.: 9/4
» Lady Gaga, The Fame: 6/1
» Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: 13/2

Record of the Year
» Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”: 5/4
» Beyoncé, “Halo”: 3/2
» Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”: 4/1
» Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”: 5/1
» Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”: 11/2

Song of the Year
» Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”: 3/2
» Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”: 7/4
» Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”: 5/2
» Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”: 9/2
» Maxwell, “Pretty Wings”: 15/2

Best New Artist
» MGMT: 6/5
» Keri Hilson: 3/2
» The Ting Tings: 4/1
» Zac Brown Band: 9/2
» Silversun Pickups: 10/1

Who do you think will win big at the Grammys? Let us know below!

Stick with MTV News all week for our coverage of the 2010 Grammy Awards. We’ll have reports on your favorite nominees, party photos, behind-the-scenes video and much more leading up to and during the big show Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.