Xavier Smith: My best guesses for the Grammy Awards
Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM
So, here are my 2016 Grammy predictions.
Record of the year: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
Album of the Year: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes
Song of the Year: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Best New Artist: Sam Hunt
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: “No One Ever Tells You” by Seth McFralane
Best Pop Vocal Album: “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson
Best Dance Recording: “Where Are U Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “In Colour” by Jamie XX
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV”
Best Rock Performance: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King
Best Metal Performance: “512” by Lamb of God
Best Rock Song: “Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes
Best Rock Album: “Drones” by Muse
Best Alternative Music Album: “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes
Best R&B Performance: “Earned It” by The Weeknd
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Shame” by Tyrese
Best R&B Song: “Really Love” by D’Angelo
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Ego Death” by The Internet
Best R&B Album: “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo
Best Rap Performance: “Back to Back” by Drake
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Glory” by Common and John Legend
Best Rap Song: “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album: “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” by J. Cole
Best Solo Country Performance: “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Best Country Song: “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town
Best Country Album: “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton
Some of you may know (I didn’t) that there are a lot of categories for the Grammy’s.
So for this portion of my predictions I’ll give an overview/disclaimer.
I had no idea who to choose for some of these categories - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Best Rock Album, for example - because I’m not familiar with the categories.
For some of the others - Record of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Pop Solo Performance- had me scratching my head because any of the nominees could potentially win for various reasons.
I’ll keep researching and making my bracket *cough* predictions for the awards.
Feel free to drop me some hints!
Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.