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.