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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are tonight, and this is a good year for the Grammy’s, according to Ivan Barias, president of Philadelphia’s Recording Academy chapter, who is in Los Angeles for the event.

He says it’s tough to predict the big awards because there are so many deserving artists, although he thinks Gotye is a virtual lock to hoist the hardware.

“I think ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is an amazing record,” he said.

In addition to his duties with Philadelphia’s Recording Academy, Barias is also an award-winning producer and song writer.

“Me and my partner Carvin along with Jazmine Sullivan are up for an award with Tamia for a song we did on her album,” he said.

That song is “Still Love You” off Beautiful Surprise by Tamia, nominated for best R&B album.

There are some Philadelphians up for awards in behind the scenes roles. Barias is also rooting for a few friends, like Miguel, nominated for song of the year with Adorn.

“I would like to see them, even though they’re not from Philly, they do have some Philly ties, meaning they come and work with a lot of Philly artists and songwriters. So it would be nice to be able to see them take one home this year.”

The show begins at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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