Whew, it’s the day of the 60th Grammy Awards and I’m just getting to my Grammy winner predictions for the top four categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
The big award, Album of the Year, is something of a headscratcher. Not only does this category feature no white male contenders, there hasn’t been a true rap album winner here since Outcast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004 and this year the top two contenders are Jay-Z with 4:44 and Kendrick Lamar with Damn. Both have been nominated here twice and both have lost their bids. For Jay-Z it was as a featured artist both times, for Lamar it’s been as a main artist. Lamar feels ‘due’ but a win for Jay-Z could be seen as payback for Beyoncé being snubbed here twice (including just last year for her seminal work, Lemonade). It feels like a toss-up, in a good way and a bad way, in that if either win it would be hard to call the other a snub. What that does though, is open the door for a shock win for Lorde (Melodrama). As the sole woman, and sole white person nominated, and that this is her only nomination would make for an optically bad win even for a stellar album that deserves to be here.
Album of the Year
Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
My prediction: Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars is a previous winner here but it’s hard to argue against Despacito, which tied the record for longest-running #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 last year (16 weeks, tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 20+ year record).
Record of the Year
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.” – Jay-Z
“Humble.” – Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars
My prediction – “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Now Song of the Year is a different matter as it goes to the songwriters. Here I’m leaning more towards Julia Michaels or Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. But, I can see Bruno Mars (previous winner here) spoiling big time.
Song of the Year
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton, songwriters)
“4:44” – Jay-Z (Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson, songwriters)
“Issues” – Julia Michaels (Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, songwriters)
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters)
My prediction: “1-800-273-8255” – Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
Pretty much everyone here makes sense and has a stake in this win. Michaels, Cara and Khalid are top tier nominees for Song of the Year. Lil Uzi Vert is also a Rap Performance nominee. SZA is looking to be the Beyoncé heir apparent with nominations in three other fields: Rap, R&B and Urban Contemporary. That broad reach could be what puts her over.
Best New Artist
Lil Uzi Vert
My predictions: SZA
The Grammys will be coming to you live from New York City for the first time in 15 years. Here is the breakdown of the red carpet and show times and where to see them.
3pm-6pm (ET) Premiere Ceremony (Grammys.com)
5:30pm-7:30pm (ET) Red Carpet (E!)
6:30pm-7:30pm (ET) Red Carpet (CBS)
7:30pm-11pm (ET) Grammy Awards Ceremony (CBS)
Full List of Nominees: https://www.grammy.com/sites/com/fil…st01042018.pdf
Little Big Town
Patti LuPone – “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – “Despacito”
Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
Kesha with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and Andra Day – “Praying”
Elton John and Miley Cyrus
Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne – tribute to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting
Gary Clark Jr.
Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey – “The Middle”