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Grammys Prediction

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The Grammys nominations are out! This year’s Grammys will take place on Monday, February 15, 2016 and will be broadcasted by CBS. The most nominated this year is Kendrick Lamar with his jazz-rap album “To Pimp A Butterfly” taking in 11 nominations across an array of categories. Lamar is a strong contender for the prestigious categories of: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Alright”), as well as every single rap category available. The Weeknd and Taylor Swift trail behind with 7 nominations each.

I think that Lamar will win most, if not all, of the categories he is nominated for as his album receives the highest of praise from me about its socially conscious message and reintroduction of jazz into mainstream hip hop.

All the information below is from the Grammys website:

My prediction for each of the most popular categories is bolded below.

GENERAL

Record of the Year

  • “Really Love,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
  • “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face,” the Weeknd

Album of the Year

  • “Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes
  • “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
  • “1989,” Taylor Swift
  • “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • “Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Blank Space,” Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
  • “See You Again,” Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth and Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)
  • “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

New Artist

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Pop Solo Performance

  • “Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Golding
  • “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
  • “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face,” the Weeknd

POP

Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ship to Wreck,” Florence + the Machine
  • “Sugar,” Maroon 5
  • “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

 

Pop Vocal Album

  • ” Piece by Piece,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + the Machine
  • ” Uptown Special,” Mark Ronson
  • “1989,” Taylor Swift
  • “Before This World,” James Taylor

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Dance Recording

  • “We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston
  • “Go,” the Chemical Brothers
  • “Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Runaway (U & I),” Galantis
  • “Where Are U Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Dance/Electronic Album

  • “Our Love,” Caribou
  • “Born in the Echoes,” the Chemical Brothers
  • “Caracal,” Disclosure
  • “In Colour,” Jamie XX
  • “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U,” Skrillex and Diplo

ROCK

Rock Performance

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight,”  Alabama Shakes
  • “What Kind Of Man,”  Florence + the Machine
  • “Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s,”  Elle King
  • “Moaning Lisa Smile,”  Wolf Alice

Rock Song

  • “Don’t Wanna Fight,”  Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)
  • “Ex’s & Oh’s,”  Dave Bassett and Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)
  • “Hold Back the River,”  Iain Archer and James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)
  • “Lydia,”  Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)
  • “What Kind of Man,”   John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + the Machine)

Rock Album

  • “Chaos and the Calm,”  James Bay
  • “Kintsugi,”  Death Cab for Cutie
  • “Mister Asylum,”  Highly Suspect
  • “Drones,”  Muse
  • ” .5: The Gray Chapter,”  Slipknot

ALTERNATIVE

Alternative Music Album

  • “Sound & Color,”  Alabama Shakes
  • “Vulnicura,”  Björk
  • “The Waterfall,”  My Morning Jacket
  • “Currents,”  Tame Impala
  • “Star Wars,”  Wilco

R&B

R&B Performance

  • “If I Don’t Have You,”  Tamar Braxton
  • “Rise Up,”  Andra Day
  • “Breathing Underwater,”  Hiatus Kaiyote
  • “Planes,”  Jeremih featuring J. Cole
  • “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” the Weeknd

R&B Song

  • “Coffee,”  Brook Davis and Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)
  • “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),”  Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (the Weeknd)
  • “Let It Burn,”  Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan and Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
  • “Really Love,”  D’Angelo and Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo and the Vanguard)
  • “Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson and DJ Rogers Jr., songwriters (Tyrese)

Urban Contemporary Album

  • “Ego Death,” the Internet
  • “You Should Be Here,”  Kehlani
  • “Blood,”  Lianne La Havas
  • “Wildheart,”  Miguel
  • “Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd

R&B Album

  • “Coming Home,”   Leon Bridges
  • “Black Messiah,”  D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • “Cheers to the Fall,”  Andra Day
  • “Reality Show,”  Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Forever Charlie,”  Charlie Wilson

RAP

Rap Performance

  • “Apparently,” J. Cole
  • “Back to Back,” Drake
  • “Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap
  • “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
  • “All Day,” Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • “One Man Can Change the World,” Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
  • “Glory,” Common and John Legend
  • “Classic Man,” Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
  • “These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat
  • “Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Rap Song

  • “All Day,” Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and  Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney)
  • “Alright,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Energy,” Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas (Drake)
  • “Glory,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith, and John Stephens (Common and John Legend)
  • “Trap Queen,” Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell (Fetty Wap)

Rap Album

  • “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” J. Cole
  • “Compton,” Dr. Dre
  • “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late,” Drake
  • “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar
  • “The Pinkprint,” Nicki Minaj
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