Grammys Predictions + Thoughts

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.

General Thoughts

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.

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