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Why Taylor Swift or Justin Timberlake May Not Win at This Weekend's Golden Globes

Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company (via ABC News Radio)

Going into this weekend's Golden Globe Awards, it's a heated competition in the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture, with Taylor Swift , Justin Timberlake , Coldplay and U2 all battling it out for the trophy.  And while all these acts are superstars, one is just a little bit more "superstarry" than the others...and that, apparently, is the key to winning the award.

"They want to see Bono up on that stage," says Tom O'Neil , editor of the awards-centric website GoldDerby.com , which runs predictions for all the major entertainment awards each year.  He tells ABC News Radio that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the small group of international journalists who vote for the Globe winners -- will give U2 the trophy for their song "Ordinary Love" because of their worldwide fame.

"They're big stars," explains O'Neil. "The Golden Globes like to have the biggest stars in the world on their stage.  The reason for that, on one hand, is good ratings for the show.  But also remember: these are foreign journalists, who have to sell their goods back to those newspapers in Stockholm and in Buenos Aires, where they get their living.  So they want to see glamour reign."

You could argue that Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake are just as glamorous, though, so tune in Sunday night on NBC to see who's really going home with the gold. 

As a reminder, Justin's nominated for co-writing "Please Mr. Kennedy," from the movie Inside Llewyn Davis.   Taylor and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff are nominated for co-writing "Sweeter than Fiction," from the movie One Chance .  Coldplay's nominated for "Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  U2's song is from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The fifth nominee is "Let It Go," from the movie Frozen.

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