Predictions for the 2016 Grammy Awards

The Knight Errant has always been on the forefront of pop culture, and what better time to place some judgement than on what is considered the biggest night in music? We broke out our headphones and judged with our most critical ears the records nominated for some the main categories for the Grammy Awards.

The GRAMMYs

Record of the Year

Nominees:

  • Really Love, D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  • Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
  • Blank Space, Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd

Prediction: Uptown Funk

The spunky R&B record that resonated in our ears for an entire year will surely take the cake, as much as I personally don’t it to. Mark Ronson doesn’t appear on the top charts too often, but when he does, he teams up with powerhouses like Amy Whinehouse, Adele, and in this case Bruno Mars to bring a contemporary, eclectic flare to their albums.

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

Prediction: To Pimp a Butterfly

This champion is an obvious one, one I am almost tempted to call a guarantee. Kendrick Lamar was set for Grammy success last year with the release of “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Lamar was ranked #1 on the Billboard charts, above even Adele, proving the popularity and prosperity this album had, and continues to have.

Song of the Year

 

Nominees:

  •  Alright, Kendrick Lamar
  •  Blank Space, Taylor Swift
  •  Girl Crush, Little Big Town
  •  See You Again, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Pluth
  •  Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Prediction: Blank Space

Blank Space, coming straight off of the album that made so many people fans of “T-Swizzle” this past year, is a no-brainer prediction. The song’s popularity has been steady, and Swift’s success with the song on and off of the stage make it a solid winner, and likely not Swift’s only victory this year.

Best New Artist

 

Nominees:

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

Prediction: Meghan Trainor

After bouncing onto the music scene with her single “All About That Bass,” Trainor then followed up with “Lips Are Movin’,” as well as teaming up with John Legend for a third hit, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Not only are her bass-heavy, light-hearted tunes catchy to any listener, her messages on body positivity and female strength have definitely secured my prediction for Trainor’s win.

Best Pop Solo Performance

 

Nominees:

  • Heartbeat Song, Kelly Clarkson
  • Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding
  • Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
  • Blank Space, Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd

Prediction: Blank Space

Runner Up: Can’t Feel My Face

This was tough. Real tough. I couldn’t really make a firm decision on who would walk away with this win, but I finally concluded that my prediction rests on Swift once again. This song, along with its sinister music video, make for am impressive performance. The problem, however, is that The Weeknd gives Swift tough competition; Can’t Feel My Face was a huge success this year, and really put The Weeknd on the map. If my prediction for Blank Space is inaccurate, then my next decision is, without a doubt, Can’t Feel My Face.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

 

Nominees:

  •      Ship to Wreck, Florence + The Machine
  •      Sugar, Maroon 5
  •      Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  •      Bad Blood, Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
  •      See You Again, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Pluth

Prediction: Uptown Funk

As described before, Mark Ronson teams up with many a music star. Although I’m partial to Ronson’s collaboration on Valerie with Amy Whinehouse, the DJ’s collaboration with with Bruno Mars topped all of Ronson’s other collaborations, and may even top the other duos in the category.

Best Rock Song

 

Nominees:

  • Don’t Wanna Fight, Alabama Shakes
  • Ex’s & Oh’s, Elle King
  • Hold Back the River, James Bay
  • Lydia, Highly Suspect
  • What Kind of Man, Florence + The Machine

Prediction: Hold Back the River

James Bay broke out into the music world with Hold Back The River, and it definitely put him on top. With its layered vocals, smooth sound and strong guitar presence, Bay’s song brings a new style to the typical rock genre, as well as topping all others in this category. My prediction is set.

Best Alternative Music Album

 

Nominees:

  • Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
  • Vulnicura, Björk
  • The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
  • Currents, Tame Impala
  • Star Wars, Wilco

Prediction: Vulnicura

Obviously Björk, because it’s Björk.