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The Grammys 2016: Our Predictions For Who Should Win & Will Win

Showbiz Feb 13, 2016

It's that time of the year again — the Grammys, which have been under fire for not adequately awarding deserving black artists. They also mark the night when Kanye West usually stands up to interrupt a winner.

It's a mixed bag of nominees this year with Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar racking up multiple nominations.

New guns like Lianne La Havas and Charlie Puth are in the running. Here are some of our predictions for the big categories of winners on our wishlist — and the ones who'll likely take the gong. 

Record of the Year
Mark Ronson is nominated with Bruno Mars for "Uptown Funk." 
Photo Credit: The Guardian

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk"
Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
D'Angelo – "Really Love"
The Weeknd – "Can't Feel My Face"

Should Win: In a better world, D'Angelo's funky and sexy song "Really Love" would take the prize for being such an earnest throwback to his smooth style. 

Will Win: For sheer ubiquity and the amount of parodies of the tune, "Uptown Funk" is the song that typifies 2015 with its catchy hook and trending appeal. 

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar has 11 nominations this year. 
Photo Credit: The Guardian

Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"
Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
Little Big Town – "Girl Crush"'
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth – "See You Again"

Should Win & Will Win: It feels as if the Grammys are making up for their mistakes by nominating Kendrick Lamar. His stunning song "Alright" blasts the other songs out of the competition with Lamar's political and self-reflective lyrics. 

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes
Photo Credit: The Guardian 

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
Chris Stapleton – Traveller 

Should Win: This category is the big fish, so I'd love it if they awarded Kendrick Lamar for his reflexive and jazzy opera To Pimp A Butterfly. No album encapsulated the Black Lives Matter movement, the perils of fame, and dissatisfaction with racial politics better than this masterpiece. 

Will Win: But the Grammys hardly ever get it right, so it looks like it could be Taylor's night since 1989 had hit after hit. These songs became radio earworms that you know all the words to — even if you wish you didn't! 

Best New Artist
Meghan Trainor
Photo Credit: The Guardian 

Courtney Barnett
Meghan Trainor
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly

Should Win:– We have no idea why Trainor's manufactured and clueless pop is here, so I'm going with Tori Kelly, who wowed with her performances all year. This award would definitely push her career forward.

Will Win: Unfortunately, it seems like Trainor might grab this one and torture our ears with more problematic music to come!

Check out the other nominees here, and tell us your picks for the Grammys in the comments below.

Main Image Photo Credit: The Guardian

Rumnique Nannar

Rumnique Nannar


Rumnique Nannar is a new journalist with a passion for all things pop culture, film, and art. Rumnique was born in London, with a predilection for devouring English chocolate with her Vogue, ANOKHI, and Glamour magazines in tow. She is currently in her Journalism Masters at UBC. Connect ...