Predictions for 56th annual Grammys

Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar lead nominations


Burtland Dixon, Web & Social Media Manager

Controversy has the potential to appear at the 2016 Grammys, where dreams will either be realized or crushed. Predictions are often made, but which artists are truly deserving?

Viewers usually have a specific category they watch in hopes that their favorite artist or song will win. The powerhouse categories that get the most attention, however, are Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Hip­-hop heavyweight champion Kendrick Lamar and pop sweetheart Taylor Swift lead the nominations this year, with Lamar receiving eleven and Swift receiving seven. Swift is nominated for all three of the categories previously mentioned, while Lamar has two (he didn’t receive a nomination for Record of the Year). Will we see Lamar pull a “Kanye” if he doesn’t win?

Record of the Year nominees include five immensely popular songs, including “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars and “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. A song that flies under the radar, “Really Love” by D’Angelo and The Vanguard, is the dark horse in this category with its relaxing and heavenly production. Then there is the heartwarming love story told in “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. It is Swift, however, who takes the honors with her catchy “Blank Space.”

Album of the Year is always a hard decision, because the category centers on the album as a whole, rather than a standalone song featured on it. “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes, “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar, “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton, “1989” by Taylor Swift and “Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd each have a compelling case for victory. My prediction is for “Sound and Color” to snag the award for its combination of guitar riffs behind the soulful lyrics and vocals.

Song of the Year nominees include a tear jerker with “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth as well as the professing of true feelings with “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. Lamar and Swift go head­-to­-head again in this category with Lamar’s “Alright” and Swift’s “Blank Space.” In the end, I predict Ed Sheeran will take home the Grammy with “Thinking Out Loud” as his song will stand the test of time. Or at least until he’s 70.

Lamar may not win any of the big categories, but with eleven nominations, he is sure to bring home some new Grammys to accompany the two he already has on his mantle.