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Grammy 2016 Predictions

Glenn Rohrbacker

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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards is set for Feb. 15 and will honor the best in music from the past year. The 80+ categories of music won’t all be shown up on stage, but the major ones everyone wants to see definitely will. Paired with performances from A-list artists at the top of the charts, this is a truly exciting night. It’s also a great way to remember all of the songs you belted in your car last summer or danced to in your living room last winter. Here are some of my predictions for the top categories to win Grammy’s this year.

Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

Now this isn’t my personal favorite, because I think Tori Kelly was this year’s breakout artist. But Meghan Trainor has shown a new type of connection with Top 40 listeners. She’s remained on the radio and on the charts since her first hit – “All About That Bass.” Whether its on a duet with Charlie Puth or John Legend, or just by herself, she’s added a new kind of pop to the mix. meghan trainor

Record of the Year: “Uptown Funk”
This song took over the radio waves in early 2015. “Uptown Funk” was stuck at #1 on the charts for 13 weeks, coming close to the all time record of 16. This song was undeniably popular and catchy, putting together two music superpowers to deliver this instant classic. All of the songs nominated for this category had their time in the spotlight, and it was hard not to pick the song of the summer, “Can’t Feel My Face.” I think that the academy will make the tough choice and crown “Uptown Funk” the winner.

Song of the Year: “Blank Space”
Again, I’m not a Taylor Swift fan, but this song was another take over of the pop world. “Blank Space” was the biggest song off of her album 1989. I think that, compared to the rest of the category, “Blank Space” caused the most discussion, even thought her other songs were all very popular. I don’t think Taylor has enough momentum to win Album of the Year, but this song could get her a Grammy.

Album of the Year: To Pimp a Butterfly
This album was the stand-out hip-hop record of 2015. Kendrick Lamar basically grew up on this album and put his whole life into it – literally. This album preaches of the hardships of his life in Compton, tells the truth of racial injustice and informs people about brutality, violence and prejudice. Again, all of the albums in this category made waves this cycle, but Kendrick put the most artistry into his work and I think the Academy will recognize that.

There are so many more categories and chances for even these artists and songs to win multiple times. The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J are on CBS February 15 at 8 p.m. Tune in to see if I was right!

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