It's time to break out the crystal ball and make my predictions for who will win the big trophies at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which goes down Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

I'm starting today with the highly competitive song of the year category, which is awarded to songwriters.

Here are the nominees and accompanying videos:

"Just Give Me a Reason," Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink featuring Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out of Heaven," Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

"Roar," Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

"Royals," Joel Little and Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

"Same Love," Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)

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Breaking down the competition: There are a lot of worthy choices here. Yet, the Pink, Mars and Perry tunes aren't really exceptional offering for the respective songbooks, but rather just more gold from three artists with the Midas touch.

On the other hand, "Royals" stands as a dynamic opening argument that Lorde should be ranked among the most significant young artists in music. It's also the best song of the bunch — which should count for something. Its main competition appears to be "Same Love," a same-sex-marriage anthem that ranks as one of the more memorable "message" songs in recent years.

As much as I'd like to award go to "Royals" -- which was, indeed, the best song of 2013 -- I think voters will actually go with the Macklemore number.

So, the prediction here is that "Same Love" will win the 2014 Grammy for song of the year.

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Cast your vote: Don't just take my word on who will win. Listen to my playlist of the nominees for best new song. Then cast your own vote for who you think should win.

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