Last year we had Adele vs. Beyonce………..and this year we have Jay Z vs. Kendrick…and Bruno, too!
Yes, in just a short while, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives…and this year is shaping up to be quite a spectacle.
Besides seeing how many trophies Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z will be making room for on their mantle places from their respective eight and nine nominations each (in pretty much the same categories..see below), we’ll also get to find out if Ms. Kesha will take home her very first Grammy and just which red-hot music diva will take home the Best New Artist trophy….Alessia Cara? Julia Michaels? SZA? Only tonight will tell.
Your host with the most English Breakfast tea sipping sass this evening will once again be the fabulous James Corden, but with the true scene stealer being the backdrop of New York City as music’s biggest night is returning to the Big Apple for the first time in fifteen years by giving it all to us live from Madison Square Garden.
Oh, and yaaas….there’s also a ton of performances along the way tonight including Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Church, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Lady Gaga, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, Patti Lupone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Sting U2 and Ms. SZA.
And of course, because you’ve asked for it, Kesha will be hitting the stage with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and Andra Day for a rendition of “Praying” that we already know we’re going to be living for. Only at the Grammys, kids. Let’s do it.
And your nominees and boldly predicted winners for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are….
Record of the Year
“Redbone”-Childish Gambino-Will Win?
“Despacito”-Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber-Will Win?
“HUMBLE.”-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win?
“The Story of O.J.”-JAY-Z
“24K Magic”-Bruno Mars
This one is a tough one as Childish Gambino might pull the upset. But the one to least worry is Mars as he’ll no doubt be grabbing Song of the Year trophy for “That’s What I Like. Jay and Kendrick might cancel each other out this one, with the massive “Despacito” taking home the crown. But then again…this is the Grammys we’re talking about here so you truly never know with this category.
Album of the Year
Awaken My Love -Childish Gambino
DAMN-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win
24K Magic-Bruno Mars
The good news is that either Jay or Kendrick will win this one…but who? Our money goes to Jay who not only delivered us with a powerful, relevant record, but a Grammy win would further prove that the legendary HOV just can’t be stopped.
Best New Artist
Alessia Cara-Might Win
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels-Might Win
While it’s easy to hand the trophy over to gigantic songwriter-turned-pop diva Ms. Michaels (and maybe, just maybe, Ms. Cara?), sizzlin’ SZA is the one to beat in this category as RiRi’s “Consideration” bestie is just everywhere right now…let’s hope it stays this way because ya know, this category. Isn’t that right, Xtina? Sigh….
Song of the Year
“Despacito” — written by Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi and Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter and Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” — written by Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels and 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 and Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — written by Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars) *-YEP.
All tea, no shade, but the other four nominees just don’t stand a chance when it comes to just how obsessed the Grammys are with Bruno Mars. Place your multi-million dollar bets, kids.
“Bounce Back”-Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” -Cardi B-Will Absolutely Win
“Bad and Boujee” -Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
Since J and K will definitely be winning win or two trophies in their other respective categories, this one is all wrapped up in Cardi B since we’re all still bobbin’ to ‘Bodak Yellow.” Besides, this makes up for the fact that she wasn’t f@#king nominated for Best New Artist….seriously, doe…
Best Rap Album
4:44-JAY-Z-Will Win if Kendrick win’s Album of the Year
DAMN.-Kendrick Lamar-Will Win if Jay Z Wins Album of the Year
Flower Boy-Tyler, the Creator
No further statements.
Pop Solo Performance
“Love So Soft”-Kelly Clarkson
“Praying”-Kesha–Will Absolutely Win
“Million Reasons”-Lady Gaga
“What About Us”-Pink
“Shape of You”-Ed Sheeran
Congratulations on your very first Grammy, Ms. Kesha. Besides the other four artists on this list already have plenty atop their mantles and you absolutely deserve it after fabulously emerging from the evil spell of that POS. Yes, gurl.
“Prblms” — 6lack
“Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” — JAY-Z featuring Beyoncé*–Will Absolutely Win
“Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna–maybe?
“Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott–Although…..
A no brainer since the Grammys always favors a Jay and Bey duet. Although keep yours ears out for a Kendrick sneak and possibly Ms. SZA as signs are pointing in her favor to be the newest Grammy Queen…hey, there’s always one….
Best Pop Vocal Album
Kaleidoscope EP — Coldplay-No
Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey-Not quite
Evolve — Imagine Dragons-possible
Rainbow — Kesha-even more possible
Joanne — Lady Gaga-but yes
÷ (Divide) — Ed Sheeran-and yes?
Deciding the clear winner on this one is a more complicated than Avril, but if we had to pick one….Lady Gaga for the brilliant career reinvention that was Joanne much like the reason Madonna won in ’99 for ‘Ray of Light?” Although you have to admit….Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the sh@t from an album that is equally suitable for the win. Maybe Kesha for the tie then? Guess we’ll find out tonight…
“Better Man”-Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)Will Win because Reputation wasn’t eligible to be nominated this year and she has to win, like something
“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)
For much more Grammy goodies, check this out and then tune in tonight at 8 p.m on CBS!
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