GRAMMYs 2018 Predictions: Who Should Win along with Why

Preparations for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are well underway in completely new York City, as fans begin placing their bets for who will win big at Sunday’s ceremony. 

James Corden is actually back to host the festivities live via Madison Square Garden, featuring performances via Elton John along with Miley Cyrus, Pink, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars along with Cardi B, U2, Sting, Luis Fonsi along with Daddy Yankee, Rihanna, Little Big Town along with so many more.

As for the awards, vying for the trophies is actually one of the most diverse lineups of nominees ever — the seven most nominated artists, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, SZA, Khalid, Childish Gambino along with No I.D. — are all people of shade. Additionally, a white male is actually not nominated for Album of the Year for the 1st time in nearly 20 years.

although as always, the big winners will be anyone’s guess. The most nominated artists are often going head-to-head, along with on the strength of last year’s impressive crop of releases, clear front-runners have been particularly difficult to determine. along with while Kendrick along with Jay Z are the obvious favorites, they’re hardly the only artists gaining steam going into the show. Read on for our predictions on who will win!

Best completely new Artist

  • Alessia Cara
  • Khalid
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Julia Michaels
  • SZA*

SZA is actually the most-nominated female artist which year, boasting a mix of indie cred with mainstream success. which said, a strong case could also be made for Alessia Cara. 

Record of the Year

  • “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
  • “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi along with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber *
  • “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “The Story of O.J.” — JAY-Z
  • “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

“Despacito” not only broke down boundaries in 2017, shattering records at every turn — although which’s catchy as hell. The song stuck atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 consecutive weeks, along with was the first mostly Spanish-language song to reach No. 1 since “Macarena” in 1996. 

Song of the Year

  • “Despacito” — written by Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi along with Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi along with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
  • “4:44” — Shawn Carter along with Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
  • “Issues” — written by Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels along with Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
  • “1-800-273-8255” — written by Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson (Logic featuring Alessia Cara along with Khalid)
  • “which’s What I Like” — written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus along with Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars) *

Sure, everyone loves a socially conscious song, although GRAMMY voters also love Bruno Mars. We’re placing our bets on “which’s What I Like.” 

Album of the Year

  • Awaken My Love — Childish Gambino
  • 4:44 — JAY-Z
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar*
  • Melodrama — Lorde
  • 24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Last year, which was Beyonce vs. Adele. which year, which’s JAY-Z vs. Kendrick Lamar. Both men have several nominations which year (eight for JAY-Z, seven for Kendrick) along with will face off in many of the same categories. So who is actually going to come out on top for the night’s top prize, Album of the Year? which feels too close to call conclusively, although we’re leaning towards Kendrick along with DAMN. on which one. 

Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” — Big Sean
  • “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B*
  • “4:44” — JAY-Z
  • “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad along with Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Cardi B is actually having a moment, along with we don’t see her slowing down anytime soon. Since she’s not up for any of the main categories, we would certainly expect her to take home some hardware in which genre-specific category. 

Rap/Sung Performance

  • “Prblms” — 6lack
  • “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
  • “Family Feud” — JAY-Z featuring Beyoncé*
  • “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
  • “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

While Kendrick along with Rihanna put up some strong competition, we don’t think anyone can compete with the King along with Queen here. which’s gotta be JAY-Z along with Bey’s “Family Feud.” 

Rap Album

  • 4:44 — JAY-Z*
  • DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture — Migos
  • Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
  • Flower Boy — Tyler, the Creator

With Jay along with Kendrick facing off again here, we’d expect which category to go to whoever doesn’t get the Album of the Year honor. We’ll give which to 4:44 here.  

Pop Solo Performance

  • “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
  • “Praying” — Kesha*
  • “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
  • “What About Us” — Pink
  • “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Amid a long-running legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, along with with Hollywood’s Time’s Up along with Me Too movements in full force, we’d expect Kesha’s gut-wrenching reinvention, “Praying,” to take the top prize in which category. 

Pop Vocal Album

  • Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay
  • Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey
  • Evolve — Imagine Dragons
  • Rainbow — Kesha
  • Joanne — Lady Gaga
  • ÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran*

When GRAMMY nominations were unveiled back in November, many fans were quick to declare Ed Sheeran’s lack of representation from the top categories as a major snub. Still, Sheeran has long solidified himself as a Recording Academy favorite through the years, along with we suspect he’ll take home his third career GRAMMY due to which album. 

Country Solo Performance

  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt
  • “Losing You” — Alison Krauss
  • “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert
  • “I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris*
  • “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

While Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Backroad” permeated pop culture last year, country music purists would certainly seem more likely to honor any of the additional stellar nominees in which category, along with so, we expect Maren Morris to take which award for the second year in a row with her first No. 1 hit, “I Could Use a Love Song.” 

Country Song

  • “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)*
  • “Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
  • “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
  • “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

which’s hard to top Taylor Swift from the songwriting field, along with she delivered a gorgeous gem together with Little Big Town on “Better Man.” 

Country Album

  • Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney
  • Heart Break — Lady Antebellum
  • The Breaker — Little Big Town
  • Life alterations — Thomas Rhett
  • via a Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton*

While we’d love to see Thomas Rhett take home his very first GRAMMY for his extremely personal Life alterations LP, Chris Stapleton is actually a force to be reckoned with. His via a Room: Volume 1 seems like the more likely (along with well-deserved) candidate here. 

The GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 28. 

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