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2017 Grammy Nomination Predictions

on December 05, 2016, 12:00am
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Album of the Year

 2017 Grammy Nomination Predictions

The Favorites:

It’s hard to say that anyone is a sure thing when it comes to the Grammys, but it would be pretty shocking if either Adele’s 25 or Beyoncé’s Lemonade were excluded from the field. For Adele, she’s a Best New Artist alum whose last album went 6/6 in 2012. Her most recent collection sold albums in a time when no one is selling albums, and that alone might be worth recognizing. On the other side of the spectrum is Beyoncé, whose Lemonade saw an untraditional release as a visual album, bending the way consumers traditionally experience full-lengths. Bey has received a couple Album of the Year noms in the past but has never won the category, even though she’s stockpiled a whopping 20 Grammy awards, second all-time among women behind Alison Krauss.

The Field:

Behind two of pop’s biggest stars, the rest of the the possibilities are a little less certain. There’s David Bowie’s monumental , whose resume is sadly bolstered by the narrative of Bowie’s passing just days after its release. There are a number of culturally massive musical moments, including Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, Drake’s Views, Rihanna’s Anti, and Justin Bieber’s Purpose, all of which have pros and cons regarding their possible inclusion. And from the rock world, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool could cash in on that album’s positive response, especially considering the band’s long-held Grammy appeal, dating back to their left-field nomination for OK Computer in 1998.

The Long Shots:

Picking from this pool satisfies the need for pop, rap, rock, and old people music (even though Bowie is arguably the most experimental record of this group). What’s missing? Country! But while there isn’t anything as obvious as last year’s Chris Stapleton good will, this year’s country dark horse could be Sturgill Simpson for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth or Maren Morris for Hero. Another possibility from the CoS bank of best 2016 albums is Chance the Rapper, whose Coloring Book is eligible this year after changes to the Grammys’ “streaming only” policy. And would anyone be that surprised if Coldplay was nominated rather than Radiohead?

Nomination Predictions:
Adele – 25
Beyoncé – Lemonade
David Bowie –
Drake – Views
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


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