The 61st annual Grammy Awards are being held this weekend, and members of the Art U News staff shared their predictions for a handful of the 84 categories
By Art U News Staff
In the past, we’ve limited our predictions to the Oscars, but this year, we here at Art U News thought we would try our hand at the Grammy Awards and predict who take home a golden gramophone on music’s biggest night. Keep reading to find out which music artists and albums Editor Kirsten Coachman (KC) and Staff Reporter Nina Tabios (NT) have predicted to win at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Record Of The Year
“I Like It” | Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin KC, NT
Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
Track from: “Invasion Of Privacy”
Other nominees include: “The Joke” | Brandi Carlile, “This Is America” | Childish Gambino, “God’s Plan” | Drake, “Shallow” | Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “All The Stars” | Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “Rockstar” | Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage, and “The Middle” | Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey.
Album Of The Year
“H.E.R.” | H.E.R. NT
Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
“Dirty Computer” | Janelle Monáe KC
Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
Other nominees include: “Invasion of Privacy” | Cardi B, “By The Way, I Forgive You” | Brandi Carlile, “Scorpion” | Drake, “Beerbongs & Bentleys” |Post Malone, “Golden Hour” | Kacey Musgraves, and “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” | (Various Artists).
Song Of The Year
“Boo’d Up” NT
Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
Track from: “Ready”
“In My Blood” KC
Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
Track from: “Shawn Mendes”
Other nominees include: “All The Stars,” “God’s Plan,” “The Joke,” “The Middle,” “Shallow,” and “This Is America.”
Best New Artist
H.E.R. KC, NT
Other nominees include: Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith.
Best Pop Vocal Album
“Meaning Of Life” | Kelly Clarkson KC
“Sweetener” | Ariana Grande NT
Other nominees include: “Camila” | Camila Cabello, “Shawn Mendes” | Shawn Mendes, “Beautiful Trauma” | P!nk, and “Reputation” | Taylor Swift.
Best Rock Album
“Pacific Daydream” | Weezer KC, NT
Other nominees include: “Rainier Fog” | Alice In Chains, “M A N I A” | Fall Out Boy, “Prequelle” | Ghost, and “From The Fires” | Greta Van Fleet.
Best Alternative Music Album
“Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino” | Arctic Monkeys KC, NT
Other nominees include: “Colors” | Beck, “Utopia” | Björk, “American Utopia” | David Byrne, and “Masseduction” | St. Vincent.
Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Everything Is Love” | The Carters NT
“War & Leisure” | Miguel KC
Other nominees include: “The Kids Are Alright” | Chloe x Halle, “Chris Dave And The Drumhedz” | Chris Dave And The Drumhedz, and “Ventriloquism” | Meshell Ndegeocello.
Best R&B Album
“Good Thing” | Leon Bridges KC
“H.E.R.” | H.E.R. NT
Other nominees include: “Sex & Cigarettes” | Toni Braxton, “Honestly” | Lalah Hathaway, and “Gumbo Unplugged (Live)” | PJ Morton.
Best Rap Album
“Invasion Of Privacy” | Cardi B KC
“Swimming” | Mac Miller NT
Other nominees include: “Victory Lap” | Nipsey Hussle, “Daytona” | Pusha T, and “Astroworld” | Travis Scott.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
“Call Me By Your Name” | (Various Artists) KC
“Stranger Things” | (Various Artists) NT
Other nominees include: “Deadpool 2” | (Various Artists), “The Greatest Showman” | (Various Artists), and “Lady Bird” | (Various Artists).
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
“Black Panther” | Ludwig Göransson, composer NT
“Blade Runner 2049” | Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, composers KC
Other nominees include: “Coco” | Michael Giacchino, composer; “The Shape Of Water” | Alexandre Desplat, composer; and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” | John Williams, composer.
Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Remember Me” NT
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade)
Track from: “Coco”
Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
Track from: “A Star Is Born”
Other nominees include: “All The Stars” from:”Black Panther,” “Mystery Of Love” from:”Call Me By Your Name,” and “This Is Me” from: “The Greatest Showman.”
Best Music Video
“This Is America” | Childish Gambino KC, NT
Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers
Other nominees include: “Apes***” | The Carters, “I’m Not Racist” | Joyner Lucas,
“PYNK” | Janelle Monáe, and “MUMBO JUMBO” | Tierra Whack.
The 61st Annual Grammys air Sunday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. PST on CBS.
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