Grammy Awards Predictions

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The 62nd Grammy Awards are set to air on Sunday, Jan. 26. The Arts & Entertainment staff came together to make predictions for the upcoming winners.

NOTE: ALL PREDICTED WINNERS ARE ITALICIZED AND BOLDED.

Album of the Year

“I, I” — Bon Iver
“Norman F***ing Rockwell!” — Lana Del Rey
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish
“Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande
“I Used To Know Her” — H.E.R.
“7” — Lil Nas X
“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” — Lizzo
“Father of the Bride” — Vampire Weekend

The “Album of the Year” award will be up for grabs at the 62 GRAMMY Awards this Sunday, January 26 but it’s hard to tell who will be taking home the prize. There is such a diverse list of nominees ranging from Vampire Weekend to Ariana Grande.

Most of the music genres are represented in this category, but only one album can take it all. As a prediction “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” by Lizzo has a very strong chance of taking home this award due to the amount of success the majority of her songs had off of this album.

Lizzo had five songs off of her album that all saw the Top 10 on the BillBoard Hot 100 list including “Truth Hurts,” “Good As Hell,” “Juice,” “Water Me,” and “Tempo,” featuring Missy Elliot. Only time will tell if the Academy agrees. —Emily Mugno

Record of the Year

“Hey Ma” — Bon Iver
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” — Ariana Grande
“Hard Place” — H.E.R.
“Talk” — Khalid
“Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts” — Lizzo
“Sunflower” — Post Malone and Swae Lee

There are eight songs in the running for “Record of the Year” and it’s hard to tell who’ll be taking the award home. These songs include some of the most streamed and highly successful songs of the year.

This is going to be a very tight race and it’s hard to say who’ll be the lucky one since each of these songs were extremely successful.

Assessing all of their success, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has a strong chance of winning. This song became a viral sensation the minute it came out and still gets people excited when it comes on. It’s been a year later, and it has held its own on the chart. —Emily Mugno

Song of the Year

“Always Remember Us This Way” — Lady Gaga
“Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish
“Bring My Flowers” — Tanya Tucker
“Hard Place” — H.E.R.
“Lover” — Taylor Swift
“Norma F***ing Rockwell” — Lana Del Rey
“Someone You Loved” — Lewis Capaldi
“Truth Hurts” — Lizzo

This year's Grammy selection for Song of the Year is vast and diverse - with eight choices, there's no telling what the Academy will choose as the recipient of the award. The Song of the Year award is handed over to those who excel in the songwriting and composition aspect of the entire process.

However, there are definitely a few other factors to consider - how much the song was streamed, how frequent one can hear it, and the overall strength of the lyrics. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) for this year's choices, there is a difficult position for the Academy to take, as these tracks all have their fair share of talent.

Compared to last year's "This is America" by Donald Glover, the current lock for the position looks to be either "bad guy" by Billie Eilish or "Norman f--cking Rockwell" by Lana del Rey. Out of all of the frequently played choices, both of these two tracks have the strongest lyrics mixed in with its mixing, and are more memorable earworms than the others they are competing against. —Jack Grossman

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

She is the edgiest and cleverest songwriter to come out of Los Angeles. Billie Eilish, who started on SoundCloud, has now taken over with her 2019 debut album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” reaching the top of the charts with the smash single, “Bad Guy.”

With dark beats and subject matters, her ability to write lyrics in which audiences can identify with is impressive and captivating. However, it is not only her songs that will win her Best New Artist at the Grammys this year, it is her sincerity of being the youngest nominee on the list.

Turning 18 a short time ago, she has handled success with confidence and honesty. She is the epitome of a nominated best new artist; admitting that she has had success, but also being honest with herself about how much more she has to grow musically, and as a person. —William Roche

Best Pop Vocal Album

“The Lion King: The Gift” — Beyoncé
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish
“Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande
“No. 6 Collaborations Project” — Ed Sheeran
“Lover” — Taylor Swift

Let’s face it, the Grammys love Taylor Swift. She is one of the most decorated women in the music industry when it comes to Grammy wins with a total of 10 awards.

The voters' love for Swift will most likely be no different this year — apart her latest album, “Lover,” being snubbed out of the Album of the Year nominees. However, that is going to be half of the reason why Swift will walk away with a win for Best Pop Vocal Album.

It’s the recognition the Recording Academy will feel inclined to give to Swift, especially at such a climatic point in her career. However, that’s not to say “Lover” is undeserving of the award based on merit and overall creativity.

Swift’s seventh studio album is vulnerable and cleverly political, which makes it the most “Taylor Swift-esque” album that Swift has ever created. “Lover,” while not her greatest body of work, certainly is everything that her career has been building up to.  —Jade Campos

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Apollo XXI” — Steve Lacy
“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” — Lizzo
“Overload” — Georgia Anne Muldrow
“Saturn” — Nao
“Being Human In Public” Jessie Reyez

Being a strong contender for Album of the Year, Lizzo is certainly one of the strongest artists on the list to take away Best Urban Contemporary Album. “Cuz I Love You” was one of the most defining albums of 2019, acting as an anthem and symbol for self confidence and female pride.

“Truth Hurts” and “Juice” were a few of the most dynamic and most streamed songs throughout the year — making “Cuz I Love You” one of the most talked about albums of the year. Overall, though, “Cuz I Love You” is just an incredibly made album, being sonically cohesive and having the power to spark a movement of self love.  —Jade Campos

Best Rap Album

“Revenge of the Dreamers III” — Dreamville
“Championships” — Meek Mill
“I Am > I Was” — 21 Savage
“IGOR” — Tyler, the Creator
“The Lost Boy” — YBN Cordae

There were several albums left out of contention that are head scratching to say the least. Megan Thee Stallion’s “Fever” and Rapsody’s “Eve” not getting a nomination are incredibly questionable, especially considering all of the nominated artists are male. Additionally, there are good arguments to be made for both “Baby on Baby” and “KIRK” from Da Baby and Danny Brown’s “uknowwhatimsayin?” to be on the list.

Despite this, there is a solid lineup of albums in contention for the Grammy. “Revenge of the Dreamers III” from J. Cole’s label Dreamville is a collaboration album where the diverse sounds and styles clashing is a strength and not a liability. Also, “I Am > I Was” shows an inventive and emotional side of 21 Savage not before seen.

However, Tyler, The Creator’s “IGOR” should be the clear favorite. It is rare that an album so creative and obscure breaks into the mainstream quite like “IGOR” did. An album like this that checks so many boxes is rare, and at the very least deserves at least one Grammy award.  —Jim Krueger

Best Rock Album

“AMO” — Bring Me The Horizon
“Social Cues” — Cage the Elephant
“In the End” — the Cranberries
“Trauma” — I Prevail
“Feral Roots” — Rival Sons

Last year the recording academy got this award wrong. Giving the Grammy to Greta Van Fleet’s “From The Fires” a mediocre album comprised of 70s hard rock copycat style tracks, showed a lack of depth in the academy’s understanding of modern rock music. This year, however, the nominees look more promising. While Brittany Howard’s “Jamie” is a notable snub, there is a diverse array of quality rock albums.

British band Bring Me The Horizon’s “amo” is a great combination of electronic and rock music, a diverse and compelling album that is a perfect example of rock music staying relevant in the 21st century. Feral Roots album “Rival Sons” is a great blues rock album, with elements of hard rock and bluegrass mixed in.

However, the most likely album to take home the Grammy is “Social Cues” by Cage the Elephant. This would not be the band’s first Grammy a they won this award in 2015 with “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” “Social Cues” is a fantastic album, raw, emotional, and hard hitting when it needs to be, not to mention the most successful album of the bunch, something that tends to be an advantage at the Grammys.  —Jim Krueger

Best Country Album

“Desperate Man” — Eric Church
“Stronger Than The Truth” — Reba McEntire
“Interstate Gospel” — Pistol Annies
“Center Point Road” — Thomas Rhett
“While I’m Livin’” — Tanya Tucker

Released in October 2018, Eric Church’s “Desperate Man” is unlike his others. Known for pushing the envelope between the country and rock genres, he has always been, to put simply, cool. For his sixth album, “Desperate Man,” he decides to hit a new chord.

From the opening track “The Snake,” where he writes a metaphor that is arguably about the current political climate, he breaks out of his shell. The current most played single off the album, “Some of It,” is soft and a true country track with acoustic guitars and refreshingly original lyrics.

What will win him Best Country Album at the Grammys this year is his willingness to take a risk and write songs that are about more than alcohol and Friday nights in a small town—but rather about the real world. All without being preachy or too symbolic, the album came from the heart and created buzz in the amplifiers and through the country music world.  —William Roche

 

 

Jade Campos is a sophomore majoring in print/digital journalism. To contact her, email jmc7727@psu.edu.

Jim Krueger is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email kruegerjim19@gmail.com.

Emily Mugno is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism. To contact her, e-mail esm6@psu.edu.

Jack Grossman is a senior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email jackdgrossman@gmail.com.

William Roche is a junior majoring in film/video.  To contact him, email wtr5043@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Jade Campos

Sophomore / Print/Digital Journalism

Jade Campos is a sophomore from Caroline, Virginia. She is a Director of the Arts and Entertainment department of CommRadio and a co-host on the talk show “The Nittany Record Club” alongside Jim Krueger.  Along with CommRadio, Jade is currently a General Arts reporter with the Daily Collegian as well. In the past, she has written for College Magazine and The Virginia Connection. Currently, she is a social media intern with CommAgency where she creates and curates social media content for a client. To contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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jackgrossman

Senior / Telecommunications

Jack Grossman is a student, audio producer, writer, photographer, and schmoozer. Growing up alongside all different forms of media, it was clear to him that his calling was to produce and create content. Whether his own original work or a reinterpretation or review of another, Jack is able to produce and create content that speaks to the current generation, while maintaining a sense of classic professionalism.