Beyoncé vs. Adele are up against each other for Record, Song, and Album of the Year as well as Pop Solo Performance. Beyoncé actually got a nomination for rock performance with Jack White for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” but will probably lose to Bowie.
Perhaps they’ll cancel each other out and Sturgill Simpson will win for Album! Sturgill received a very surprising but well deserved nomination.
Here are the major categories with my prediction and I’ll take out one nomination and add one that I think got snubbed.
Record Of The Year
Rihanna Featuring Drake
Twenty One Pilots
Remove: 21 Pilots
Insert: Sia Cheap Thrills
Prediction: The producer award should go to Beyoncé for Formation
Album Of The Year
Justin Bieber Purpose
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Insert: David Bowie Blackstar
Song Of The Year
Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Remove: 7 Years
Insert: Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
Prediction: I’d love to see I Took A Pill In Ibiza win but I think this is Beyoncé’s category.
Best New Artist
Chance The Rapper
As is usually the case with this category there is always one head scratcher. Coloring Book is Chance The Rapper’s 3rd album. It’s nice he’s getting recognition from the Grammy committee but this is not the category to get it. This is Anderson .Paak’s second album but this is the first one to get mainstream attention so we can give him a pass.
Remove: Chance The Rapper
Insert: Alessia Cara
Prediction: It’s nice two female country artists are being recognized in a male-centric format but I think Chance will get this award.