The oddsmakers have spoken , and on both sides of the Atlantic, [artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift[/artist] seems to be the favorite to win big at the 2010 Grammys on Sunday night. To triumph, though, she’ll have to beat fellow fierce ladies [artist id=”1236911″]Beyoncé[/artist] and Lady Gaga in three top categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Six-time Grammy winner [artist id=”1784962″]John Legend[/artist], who’s up for another statue this year, is a big supporter of all three artists, but he has a feeling the youngest is going to walk away with the most awards.
“There are a lot of country fans,” he told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival. “Never underestimate the country fans. And Taylor Swift had a great year.
“I’m sure Kanye would have something to say about it,” he joked, referencing the rapper’s notorious MTV Video Music Awards run-in with Swift .
Still, Legend was quick to give props to Swift’s competitors — “Lady Gaga is great, and Beyoncé is supreme,” he said — and he thinks it will ultimately “depend on what people’s tastes are, what music they feel.”
Legend is returning to the Grammys not only because he’s nominated (in the Best Male Pop Vocal category against Jason Mraz, Maxwell and others), but also because he’s presenting. Rihanna, too, is returning to the Grammys a year after she had to cancel her appearance when then-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her the night before the show, and Legend lent his support to Rihanna.
“I think ‘Run This Town’ is a great record,” he said of the single she recorded with Jay-Z and Kanye. “I think Jay’s album is a great album. I wish Rihanna the best. I think she’s very talented. She’s a sweetheart. She had a rough year, and you just wish her the best and you hope everything goes well for her.”
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.