Grammy Awards: My Predictions

The Grammys remain harder to predict than any other major set of awards, thanks to an increasingly huge and diversifying voter base, not to mention the ongoing fragmentation of America’s musical tastes. But who can resist trying to “Get Lucky” anyway by predicting how the Recording Academy might go? One thing is for sure: any Adele-style “sweep” headlines the day after are out of the question, since the likeliest candidate for across-the-board trophies, Lorde, failed to get recognized by the committees controlling the Album and New Artist categories. But even if she doesn’t lorde it over the entire crop, I suspect Lorde will go home pretty happy anyway, as should fellow upstarts Macklemore & Lewis. My predictions for winners:

Album of the Year: “Red,” Taylor Swift
Record of the Year: “Royals,” Lorde
Song of the Year: “Same Love,” Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert and Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pop Solo Performance: “Royals,” Lorde
Rock Album: “The Next Day,” David Bowie
Rap Album: “Yeezus,” Kanye West

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