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GRAMMY Predictions: Who Will (And Should) Win The Big Four Categories?

With the 2016 GRAMMY Awards fast approaching, here are our final picks for the top prizes prior to Monday night’s ceremony!

1 / 4

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 01: Kendrick Lamar performs on Day 2 of the Osheaga Music and Art Festival on August 1, 2015 in Montrea
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THE NOMINEES:

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

WILL WIN:  Kendrick Lamar. Although an upset win for mainstream rock darlings Alabama Shakes wouldn’t be shocking, given the GRAMMYs’ history (just look at Beck beating Beyoncé last year!), To Pimp A Butterfly is too universally beloved to lose, and Kendrick was too monumentally snubbed two years ago to be snubbed again. Do you think the GRAMMY Awards are looking at the current Oscars controversy and thinking, “Yeah, we want some of that?” A Kendrick win is logical, deserved, and makes all parties happy.

SHOULD WIN: Kendrick. See above.

2 / 4

RECORD OF THE YEAR

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (Center) Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on
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THE NOMINEES:

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
D’Angelo And The Vanguard, “Really Love”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

WILL WIN: “Uptown Funk!” It’s the biggest hit in years, and somehow, people aren’t sick of it yet (judging by the reaction to the Super Bowl performance, at least). Plus, Bruno Mars is a GRAMMYs darling, with a whopping 20 nominations in the past five years. He’s never won one of the four major categories, and that changes this year.

SHOULD WIN: “Really Love.” The return of D’Angelo deserves to be celebrated, and “Really Love” instantly became one of the most tender tracks in his discography upon the release of Black Messiah. “Uptown Funk!” is an opulent party, but “Really Love” is something even more special.

3 / 4

SONG OF THE YEAR

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAP
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THE NOMINEES:

Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

WILL WIN: “Blank Space.” If Taylor Swift’s 1989 work gets shut out in the album of the year and record of the year categories, “Blank Space” will be her saving grace in the songwriting category, thanks to its whip-smart, sardonic lyrics. Expect a seal of approval for Swift, Max Martin and Shellback.

SHOULD WIN: “Alright.” Sure, “Blank Space” is clever, but “Alright” is powerful in a way no other nominees are. Kendrick has a better shot in the albums category, but the politics of “Alright” truly defined 2015.

4 / 4

BEST NEW ARTIST

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist Meghan Trainor performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand
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THE NOMINEES: 

Meghan Trainor
Tori Kelly
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Courtney Barnett

WILL WIN:  Meghan Trainor. She’s proven herself as an artist worth following, with four Top 20 hits, a No. 1 album and a strong touring fanbase following the surprise success of “All About That Bass” in late 2014. Kelly and Hunt have solid shots at this much-coveted category, but Trainor will be hard to stop.

SHOULD WIN: Courtney Barnett, AKA the artist who has very little chance of sealing the deal. Debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit introduced the world to a phenomenal songwriter, and remains the best debut album of the past 12 months.

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