Opinion: 2017 Grammy Predictions

By Madyson McGill

Gather round all as I peer into my crystal ball and predict the winners of the 59th Annual Grammys. The Super Bowl of the music world is just right around the corner and artists ranging from Adele to Bob Dylan are up to grab the golden award.

I’m starting with Adele. Adele’s single “Hello” took the world by storm, but can one expect anything less from the powerhouse Brit? Everyone from my grandma to the president has heard this heart-wrenching ballad at least once, and if you haven’t heard it then you’ve most likely heard the many spoofs that involve otters, Star Wars, and Lionel Richie. Also, we all know that Adele can accumulate the Grammy awards. This year, she is up for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance, all for “Hello.” Her album 25 is also up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. My prediction is that she will go home with Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. The world loves Adele too much to not give her an award and it would be a cherry on top of her comeback. However, I think she will lose to Beyonce’s Lemonade for Album of the Year.

Which brings me to the next powerhouse and expecting mother of twins: Beyonce. People love Beyonce. She broke the internet when her twins were announced, and regained her queenly reign on Instagram by dethroning Selena Gomez. I’m just saying: if Beyonce was on Game of Thrones, all those other Queens would be scared. Forget Mother of Dragons and introduce Sasha Fierce. She is up for nine awards! How will she not take home a Grammy? As I said earlier, she will most likely win Album of the Year for Lemonade. I’m predicting she will also take home Best Music Film, and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade, and Best Music Video for “Formation.” Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance can go ahead and ascend back to the roof because Beyonce performing pregnant is probably going to cause the internet to crash and burst into uncontrollable flames. I’m predicting it will be one of the top trends on all social media sites.

Now that I’ve touched on the dueling powerhouse of the Grammys, I want to touch on the other artists flocking to the show. For Best New Artist, I think it is going to be a toss up between Chance the Rapper and The Chainsmokers. However, I think The Chainsmokers will prevail as the victors. I’m pretty sure “Closer” is still playing on the radio, and they’ve released new music. Do they deserve to win? Ehh, I’m not so sure, but they’re a fan favorite. Also, I think it’s going to be close for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. As much as I would like to see Lukas Graham take home the award, I think it could be either The Chainsmokers and Halsey or Twenty One Pilots. “7 Years” is such a deserving track for a Grammy and I hope it wins at least one, but “Closer” and “Stressed Out” have the hype.

However, if Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” doesn’t win, I think “Heathens” will snag a Grammy for either Best Rock Song or Best Rock Performance. Then again, they could both possibly be trumped by David Bowie. Even in death, David Bowie is amazing. Honestly, I want to see “Blackstar” take home Best Rock Performance. I don’t want to see it going to Beyonce. I don’t even think she should be in the category. If David Bowie also took home Best Rock Song for “Blackstar,” that would just be icing on the cake.

Moving on to Country, I think Carrie Underwood will take home Best Country Solo Performance for “Church Bells” because Underwood knows how to belt it out, and, in my humble opinion, she is the Queen of country at this point in time. For Best Country Duo/Group Performance, I think it will be Kenny Chesney and P!nk with “Setting The World on Fire.” This song has been played on a variety of stations, and it’s modern and versatile. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing a win for “Think of You” by Chris Young and Cassadee Pope.

Now, I’m not going to touch on every category. I just want to make that clear. But, what would my predictions be if I didn’t include the one category Panic! at the Disco is in? I don’t think you understand how long I have waited for this moment. Brendon Urie deserves a Grammy. “Death of a Bachelor” has been getting so much hype leading up to this. He’s been on Ellen and Jimmy Fallon, and had a guest appearance on “Lip Sync Battle” with Cassadee Pope, another Grammy nominee. The man flips off the front of a drumset and somehow never manages to miss a beat or land on his head. “Death of A Bachelor” was a groundbreaking album for Urie. He created it all on his own, and his voice is one from the gods. So, if he does not go home with Best Rock Album, I’m going to be extremely upset.

And now my crystal ball’s too fogged up to make further predictions. I got too excited about Panic! at the Disco being nominated. So, I have my list and will be watching closely to see if I have a talent for looking into the future.