2016 Grammys Predictions: Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, T-Swizzle and More

There is only one more day until the much-anticipated 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and the night is shaped up to be an unforgettable event, including performances from Lady Gaga, Adele, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood and Johnny Depp.

With all these star-studded performances scheduled to take place, it is sometimes hard to remember that the Grammys are an AWARD show first and foremost, and there are nominees to think about.

While Kendrick Lamar is nominated for 11 awards, just one shy of Michael Jackson’s 12 nominations for “Thriller” back in 1984, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift are both tied for seven of their own nominations. So, which artists are set to lose right at the finish line? Who will take home Album of the Year? And will Taylor Swift ever learn to dance on beat? Take a look at some predictions below.

Record Of The Year

Nominees:

  • “Really Love”- D’Angelo And The Vanguard
  • “Uptown Funk”- Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
  • “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran
  • “Blank Space”- Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Feel My Face”- The Weeknd

To be completely honest, the award should absolutely go to D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s “Really Love” for its originality, emotion and complex production. However, when people look back on the year of 2015, they will most likely reminisce upon whatever mainstream anthem was most sickeningly stuck in their heads for months. Although pop powerhouse “Blank Space” seems a shoo-in for the trophy, Mark Ronson’s groovy throwback to ‘60s funk has had a lot more longevity, which is likely to edge Ms. Swift out of her designated winner’s slot.

Prediction: “Uptown Funk”- Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars.

Song Of The Year

Nominees:

  • “Alright”- Kendrick Lamar
  • “Blank Space”- Taylor Swift
  • “Girl Crush”- Little Big Town
  • “See You Again”- Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
  • “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran

Although all nominations are well deserved, some were just a little more inescapable than others. It has been almost a year, and still no one can go anywhere without hearing “See You Again.” Furious 7’s emotional tribute to the late Paul Walker has yet to win any of its multiple awards show nominations, and sadly enough that will not change come Monday. Swift’s “Blank Space” just broke one too many records last year.

Prediction: “Blank Space”- Taylor Swift.

Album Of The Year

Nominees:

  • “Sound & Color”- Alabama Shakes
  • “To Pimp A Butterfly”- Kendrick Lamar
  • “Traveller”- Chris Stapleton
  • “1989”- Taylor Swift
  • “Beauty Behind The Madness”- The Weeknd

Listen, the Oscars will not be the only awards show boycotted if Lamar is not graced with that sweet golden trophy. Yes, 1989 produces hit after hit. Yes, Traveller tenderly fulfills a string of nothing but rugged and raw emotion. But “To Pimp A Butterfly” is a critically acclaimed, painfully relevant masterpiece encapsulating a massive piece of American history at its darkest and most complex. IT. MUST. WIN.

Prediction: “To Pimp A Butterfly”- Kendrick Lamar (or else).

 Best New Artist

Nominees:

  • Courtney Barnett
  • James Bay
  • Sam Hunt
  • Tori Kelly
  • Meghan Trainor

Tori has the best voice. Meghan has the most popularity. But there is no artist like a Nashville artist. Sam Hunt broke history last year as the first country music artist to have all singles released off an album peak within the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. With a fusion of country roots, pop feel and subtle urban influence, Hunt gained a tremendous amount of respect from his peers this year and seems to be a silent front-runner.

Prediction: Sam Hunt

Best Pop Vocal Album

Nominees:

  • “Piece By Piece” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” – Florence + The Machine
  • “Uptown Special” – Mark Ronson
  • “1989” – Taylor Swift
  • “Before This World” – James Taylor

Do we even have to explain this one? Sorry, Ronson. Women have dominated pop music since the beginning of time. Though Florence + The Machine are a vocally more sound choice, their lead singer is no match for Swift and her crazy tween girl appeal.

Prediction: 1989– Taylor Swift

Best R&B Album

Nominees:

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  • Black Messiah – D’Angelo And The Vanguard
  • Cheers To The Fall – Andra Day
  • Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
  • Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

This one is tough as veteran artists such as Charlie Wilson and D’Angelo face off against newcomers Andra Day and Leon Bridges. While Reality Show, Sullivan’s first album since her 2011 hiatus, is a powerful album chockfull of meaningful lyrics and a distinct message, D’Angelo came back to music after almost 15 years and killed it with his funky, soulful and socially conscious 12-song work.

Prediction: Black Messiah, D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Best Country Album

Nominees:

  • Montevallo– Sam Hunt
  • Pain Killer– Little Big Town
  • The Blade– Ashley Monroe
  • Pageant Material– Kasey Musgraves
  • Traveller– Chris Stapleton

Among the nominees, Sam Hunt is a fan favorite with country smashes such as “Leave The Night On,” “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Single in the Summer.” However, Chris Stapleton debuted as one of the most vocally impressive artists to ever break out in any genre. His album avoids overproduction as an intense and stripped down body of authentic emotion.

Prediction: Traveller– Chris Stapleton

Best Rap Album

Nominees:

  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive– J. Cole
  • Compton– Dr. Dre
  • If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late– Drake
  • To Pimp A Butterfly– Kendrick Lamar
  • The Pinkprint– Nicki Minaj

2015 was an amazing year for rap music. Minaj stunned the masses with radio hits “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself.” J. Cole thoroughly impressed with a new sound, and less commercial songs such as “Apparently” and “Wet Dreams.” Dr. Dre is Dr. freaking Dre. Nevertheless, Lamar simulated a conversation with the late and great Tupac Shakur using random footage he found in Germany, okay? This is his.

Prediction: To Pimp A Butterfly– Kendrick Lamar

 Best Song Written For Visual Media

Nominees:

  • “Earned It”- The Weeknd (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • “Glory”- Common Featuring John Legend (Selma)
  • “Love Me Like You Do”- Ellie Goulding (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • “See You Again”- Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth (Furious 7)
  • “Til It Happens To You”- Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)

Prediction: “Earned It”- The Weeknd (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Oscar-winning “Glory” is definitely a topical composition and a valid contender, and Lady Gaga’s meaningful song concerning rape culture in America may also snag the award. But “Earned It” is literally the only good thing to come out of the horrible film that is Fifty Shades of Grey, which is why voters may be able to overlook its more superficial message.

Best Music Video

Nominees:

  • “LSD”- ASAP Rocky
  • “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”- The Dead Weather
  • “Alright”- Kendrick Lamar
  • “Bad Blood”- Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Freedom”- Pharrell Williams

Taylor. Kendrick. Zendaya. Gigi. Selena. That chick from Empire. The list goes on and on for why this is seriously one of the best music videos of all time, people.

Prediction: “Bad Blood”- Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Tune in to the Grammys February 15 and check out the full list of 2016 Grammy nominations here.