2016 Grammy Awards Predictions

2016 Grammy Awards Predictions

Written by Michael Preston

The countdown has begun for the most anticipated night in music: the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Monday, February 15th, millions of people will tune in to see which artists will take home a coveted golden record player. There are over 70 categories with plenty of potential nominees, all of which I have narrowed down to the 34 most important categories, each with the artist(s) I believe will take home the gold. These predictions are based off of the overall skill, appeal, and popularity of the song/artist/album/performance/etc.

Record of the Year

“Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Album of the Year

To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

Song of the Year

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

James Bay

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Shadows in the Night by Bob Dylan

Best Pop Vocal Album

Uptown Special by Mark Ronson

Best Dance Record

“Never Catch Me” by Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance/Electronic Record

“Our Love” by Caribou

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Sylva by Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest

Best Rock Performance

“Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes

Best Metal Performance

“Cirice” by Ghost

Best Rock Song

“Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Album

Chaos and the Calm by James Bay

Best Alternative Music Album

Currents by Tame Impala

Best R&B Performance

“Breathing Underwater” by Hiatus Kaiyote

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Little Ghetto Boy” by Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

“Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Ego Death” by The Internet

Best R&B Album

Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Best Rap Performance

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“These Walls” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat

Rap Song

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance

“Little Toy Guns” by Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Best Country Song

“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Best Country Album

Pain Killer by Little Big Town

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Cherokee” by Christian McBride

Best Vocal Jazz Album

Jamison by Jamison Ross

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios by Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Trio

Best Music Video

“L$D” by A$ap Rocky

Best Music Film

The Wall by Roger Waters