Happy Saturday, readers!
The GRAMMYs are one of our favorite award shows for three reasons — it features music’s top artists and producers, has the best performances, and last but not least, celebrates all music genres!
To count down to the ceremony, Celeb Secrets is predicting the winners for the following categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/ Electronic Album, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album. To view our predictions for winners of the country categories, head on over to our sister site Celeb Secrets Country by clicking here.
Hosted by James Corden, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, aka music’s biggest night, will feature performances from Adele, Kelsea Ballerini, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Daft Punk, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Tori Kelly, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Katy Perry, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd and airs live from the Staples Center on Sunday, February 12@ 8PM ET/PT on CBS.
Album of the Year: “25” — Adele ; “Lemonade” — Beyoncé ; “Purpose” — Justin Bieber; “Views” — Drake ; “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson
Who We Think Will Win: This category is always a toss up at the Grammy’s leaving everyone a little bit blindsided. We might have a feeling that “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” might take the win, but we’re more than positive Adele will be saying Hello to this Grammy. With a total of 8.03 million copies sold and caused this internet to break down during concert sales, everyone was waiting for the anticipated return of Adele. While many think Beyoncé has a chance, she only sold 1.05 copies because it was only streaming exclusively on Tidal – leaving many unhappy.
Record of the Year: “Hello” — Adele; “Formation” — Beyoncé; “7 Years” — Lukas Graham; “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake ; “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots
Who We Think Will Win: This category is going to be a close call between Beyoncé and Adele trying to get into formation for their acceptance speech. Yes, Adele gives powerful vocals in this beautiful ballad, but this category is much more than that it is about overall performance, production value, and how it’s recorded. Beyoncé shocked everyone with a surprise album, killer songs, and her overall performance is breathtaking. We can’t deny she’ll be taking this award home.
Song of the Year: “Formation” — Beyoncé; “Hello” — Adele; “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner; “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber; “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
Who We Think Will Win: Although we love the song “Love Yourself” because it’s honest and cowritten by Ed Sheeran, there’s no denying the love for Hello. This song had 1.9 billion views on VEVO, and is constantly being played on the radio. There’s no beating Adele‘s powerhouse vocals in this ballad. She gives us all the feels and we can’t wait to hear those vocals up on stage not only performing, but welcoming some new awards.
Best New Artist: Kelsea Ballerini; The Chainsmokers; Chance the Rapper; Maren Morris; Anderson .Paak
Who We Think Will Win: Newcomer favorite Chance the Rapper made history thanks to Billboard‘s 200’s new rating system. His album Coloring Book is the first streaming-only album in charts history. Chance not only has great songs, but he’s all about the fans – we thank him for making his music accessible to everyone! While many think Chainsmokers had a great year, they had a bit of controversy last year. Chance is all about the music and the fans, this award is something that should be well deserved and he definitely earned it!
Best Pop Vocal Album: “25” – Adele; “Purpose” – Justin Bieber; “Dangerous Woman” – Ariana Grande; “Confident” – Demi Lovato; “This Is Acting” – Sia
Who We Think Will Win: This is going to be a close call between Adele and Sia, but we’re sure Adele will be taking this award home. There’s nothing to compare to Adele‘s vocals, and is a Grammy favorite. Sia has beautiful raspy vocals, but Adele really hits those high notes that no one can compare to.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Closer” — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey; “7 Years” — Lukas Graham ; “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake; “Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul; “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots; “Culcha Vulcha” — Snarky Puppy
Who We Think Will Win: This is a hard competition with all these songs being on our radar, but there’s nothing that gets people pumped more than Work! Rihanna and Drake were for a while this power couple taking the music world by storm, winning every award the song was nominated for, and performing at every event possible. The song is catchy, alongside with Drake‘s presence, what’s not to love. Work, work, work, work your way to the top Rihanna.
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Skin” — Flume; “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” — Jean-Michel Jarre; “Epoch” — Tycho; “Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future” — Underworld; “Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII” — Louie Vega
Who We Think Will Win: This category seems fairly easy to me, Flume is definitely a favorite for many and his single “Never Be Like You” went absolutely viral in 2016. We’re sure he’s going to take this award with flying colors, his albums is one of the best from last year!
Best Rock Album: “California” — Blink-182; “Tell Me I’m Pretty” — Cage the Elephant; “Magma” — Gojira; “Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! at the Disco; “Weezer” — Weezer
Who We Think Will Win: We can’t deny that we want Weezer to win this award, badly. Not only have they never won a Grammy for their music, but they bring back the 90’s alt-rock we all love. For this category we definitely feel as if Cage the Elephant will be taking this award home, their album was produced by Grammy favorite Black Key‘s Dan Auerbach. They’ve been playing their newest single on the radio nonstop and for good reason, it’s been a good year for them!
Best Rock Performance: “Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” — Alabama Shakes; “Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé featuring Jack White; “Blackstar” — David Bowie; “The Sound of Silence (Live On Conan)” — Disturbed; “Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots
Who We Think Will Win: “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is different due to the incorporation of having Beyoncé and Jack White on the single, but I think this is the year of honoring David Bowie. We definitely think this award will be going to him!
Best Rock Song: “Blackstar” — David Bowie; “Burn the Witch” — Radiohead; “Hardwired” — Metallica; “Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots; “My Name Is Human” — Highly Suspect
Who We Think Will Win: Radiohead returned with their creepy themes and visuals, especially in the music video for Burn The Witch. It’s the Radiohead we all longed for and miss, not to mention their headlining Coachella this year. They are definitely the ones to beat, but we can bet that David Bowie will be competition with the plenty of support he has out there.
Best Alternative Music Album: “22, a Million” — Bon Iver; “Blackstar” — David Bowie; “The Hope Six Demolition Project” — PJ Harvey; “Post Pop Depression” — Iggy Pop; “A Moon Shaped Pool” — Radiohead
Who We Think Will Win: There’s so many good nominees in this category from Bon Iver to Radiohead to Bowie it’s kind of hard to pick just one. But David Bowie is a legend, he deserves this award. He had a great album, that keeps on rocking even after his death on January of 2016. We’re in disbelief it wasn’t nominated for Album of the Year. Bowie gave a lot to the music world and we thank him for the tunes he left us with. This award should definitely be going to Bowie!
Best R&B Performance: “Turnin’ Me Up” – BJ the Chicago Kid; “Permission” – Ro James; “I Do” – Musiq Soulchild; “Needed Me” -Rihanna; “Cranes In The Sky” – Solange
Who We Think Will Win: Out of all the performances on here, nothing tops Solange – sorry Rihanna. Cranes In The Sky is beautiful, the video aestically pleasing, and something we haven’t heard in a long time…soul.
Best R&B Song: “Come And See Me” – PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake; “Exchange” – Bryson Tiller; “Kiss It Better” – Rihanna; “Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell; “Luv” – Tory Lanez
Who We Think Will Win: This is going to be a close call between PARTYNEXTDOOR and Rihanna, but I think the feature with Drake will put the PARTYNEXTDOOR on top. As well as having a good year, “Come and See Me” is more versatile and the lyrics are relatable and deep. No wonder it features Drake! We’re sure he’ll be taking home this award!
Best R&B Album: “In My Mind” – BJ The Chicago Kid; “Lalah Hathaway Live” – Lalah Hathaway; “Velvet Portraits” – Terrace Martin; “Healing Season” – Mint Condition; “Smoove Jones” – Mýa
Who We Think Will Win: Mya has been someone we’ve known for a long time, and has always been soulful. Palau Hathaway has a song on Hidden Figures and her album is Live, but I feel like that’s going to hurt her in this competition. While some of my favorites come from BJ The Chicago Kid. BJ reminds me of the old R&B, like when had Mario with Let Me Love You. I feel BJ The Chicago Kid Should win, but Mya will be a tough competitor!
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Lemonade” — Beyoncé; “Ology” — Gallant; “We Are King” — King; “Malibu” — Anderson .Paak; “Anti” — Rihanna
Who We Think Will Win: NO COMPETITION. This award is definitely going to the one and only queen Bey. She released this album unannounced and with a visual album, incredible. Creating a tad bit of controversy with her lyrics, as well as some girl empowerment, there is nothing stop her.
Best Rap Performance: “No Problem” – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz; “Panda” – Desiigner; “Pop Style” – Drake Featuring The Throne (Jay Z, Kanye West); “All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared; “That Part” – ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West
Who We Think Will Win: With a lot of competitors up for this category, it’s going to be a close call, but last year was looking really good for Drake. With verses from Jay Z and Kanye West, pop style is just that – what’s in. It has a little something for everyone.
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Freedom” – Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar; “Hotline Bling” – Drake; “Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty; “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream; “Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
Who We Think Will Win: Truly I want Kanye West to win to hear his speech, because let’s be real, this one would be a good one. People did love and go crazy for Famous, but Hotline Bling is one of the most listened to songs. And who doesn’t love Drake‘s dancing, it was meme central. Another tough competitor and our choice is Beyoncé with Kendrick Lamar because no one puts a better performance than the queen.
Best Rap Song: “All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared; “Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna; “Hotline Bling” – Drake; “No Problem” – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz; “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Who We Think Will Win: Each song in this category was all over the radio and topped the streaming charts. While it is going to be a close call, we feel that Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” is going to take this one.
Best Rap Album: “Coloring Book” – Chance The Rapper; “And The Anonymous Nobody” – De La Soul; “Major Key” – DJ Khaled; “Views” – Drake; “Blank Face LP” – ScHoolboy Q; “The Life Of Pablo” – Kanye West
Who We Think Will Win: This is definitely one of the toughest categories with so many great albums. You have up and comer Chance The Rapper, who’s the first to ever be nominated for a stream only album and did we mention he played for the president. You have Kanye West, who had a very talked about album, but we’re going to rule him out due to the Taylor Swift controversy. Lastly, Drake who had a worldwide tour, a killer album, and so many appearances last year. This will be a close call between Chance The Rapper and Drake. We believe Drake will definitely take this one due to his amount of sales…Drake we don’t think you’re going to win a Grammy like in your song – you’re going to have a Grammy.