5 Artists to Watch for During the Grammy Nominations

12/05/2012 at 11:15 AM EST

Grammy Nominations: 5 Artists to Watch
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It's that time of year – no, not just the holidays – the time for the 55th Annual Grammy Award nominations to be announced. This year's nominees will be revealed during a nationally televised concert event Wednesday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, airing at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

PEOPLE's music critic, Chuck Arnold, predicts what artists will likely land the big nods this year:

Mumford & Sons
Babel had 2012's biggest debut after Taylor Swift's Red (which missed the Grammy cutoff). It was a commercial and critical hit. 'Nuff said.

Maroon 5
Proving the best new artist curse wrong seven years later, they may well be up for album of the year for Overexposed.

She's now a proven, respected veteran who, with her No. 1 album (The Truth About Love), is only getting better.

The best new artist frontrunners should also get record/song of the year nods for their No. 1 hit "We Are Young."

The "Somebody That I Used to Know" singer should also score the impressive best record/song/new artist trifecta.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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