I’m not a deep Music connoisseur, so I’m not familiar with all of these artists. I do have some favorites in the running, though. I’m not going to guess for some of the obscure categories, though I have thoughts on the categories I’m more familiar with it.
Best Music Video
Who Should Win and Who Will Win: This is America – Childish Gambino
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Who Will Win: Shallow – A Star is Born
Who Should Win: All the Stars – Black Panther
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Who Should and Will Win: The Greatest Showman
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Who Will Win: Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle
Who Should Win: Survivor, Live from Harding Prison – Zach Williams
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Who Will Win: You Say – Lauren Daigle
Who Should Win: Known – Tauren Wells
Best Country Album
Who Should and Will Win: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
That said, there’s not a bad one in this bunch, and I would have no complaints with Ashley McBryde, Chris Stapleton, or Kelsea Ballerini winning. The Brothers Osborne album was very good as well, but I wouldn’t put it quite at the level of these other releases.
Best Country Song
Who Should and Will Win: Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves
“When Someone Stops Loving You” from Little Big Town and “Dear Hate” from Maren Morris are fine as well. The Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay songs here are thoroughly meh.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Who Should and Will Win: Dear Hate – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
Little Big Town and Brothers Osborne also earn their nominations here. FGL and Dan + Shay, well ….
Best Country Solo Performance
Who Will Win: Millionaire – Chris Stapleton
Who Should Win: Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
This is a loaded category, though. I would be fine with either of these two or Maren Morris winning. Loretta Lynn and Keith Urban both have deserved nominations, as well.
Best Rap Album
Who Will Win: Invasion of Privacy – Cardi B
Who Should Win: Daytona – Pusha T
Best Rap Song
Who Will Win: God’s Plan – Drake
Who Should Win: King’s Dead – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Who Will and Should Win: This is America – Childish Gambino
That said, I wouldn’t complain if “All the Stars” wins here either.
Best Rap Performance
Who Will Win: Nice for What – Drake
“Kings Dead” would be fine here, as well.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Who Will Win: Sweetener – Ariana Grande
Who Should Win: Meaning of Life – Kelly Clarkson
I could also make arguments for Camila Cabello or Shawn Mendes here.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Who Should and Will Win: Say Something – Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake
Best New Artist
Who Will and Should Win: Margo Price
Song Of The Year
Who Will Win: All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA
Who Should Win: This is America – Childish Gambino (Though I’d be fine with All the Stars)
Album Of The Year
Who Will Win: Black Panther
Who Should Win: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Record Of The Year
Who Will Win: Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Who Should Win: This is America – Childish Gambino
All the Stars would be fine here as well, though.
Post Malone should not be on these lists nearly as much as he is. I can assure you “Rockstar” and “Beerbongs and Bentleys” are nowhere close to Record and Album of the year respectively. To a lesser extent, Drake is overrated in the same categories. Scorpion is decent, though not Album of the Year nomination worthy. God’s Plan isn’t even anywhere close to the best song off it, though.
I like Maren Morris and realize you have to put some Pop in Record of the Year, but “The Middle” probably shouldn’t be there. It is catchy, though. From the other Pop Nominations, “Say Something”, “Girls Like You”, and “God is a Woman” were probably more deserving.
It will be interesting to see where Childish Gambino wins. He has a ton of nominations, and I personally believe “This is America” is one of the best records of the year. That would be one of the more politically charged Grammy winners, but it’s hard to argue with it winning. Of course, Black Panther was top-notch as well, and the Grammys probably owe Kendrick every award he’s eligible for the rest of his life as justice for giving New Artist to Macklemore his year.