The 60th Grammys are on January 28th this year, the week BEFORE the Super Bowl, so as not to compete with the Olympics in February, and it will be from Madison Square Garden in NYC, the first time out of Los Angeles since 2003.
The event will also honor Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (among others), and will be hosted by James Corden who is everywhere these days.
As I like to do, here are my extremely wrong Grammy picks, based on who I would vote for if they were stupid enough to give me a vote…
I have only done categories in which I know enough of the music to choose from:
Record of the Year — Despacito by Luis Fonsi feat. Justin Bieber — I can’t stand this song, but it is the best of the worst…Although I would love to see a Childish Gambino upset win!
The nominees this year are a heavy mix, thanks to online voting, and to me this is a weak group…but mostly because it’s not my type of music.
Album of the Year — 4:44 by Jay-Z — Jay is getting honored this year, and he may walk away with this honor as well.
I hope that Lorde doesn’t win this…or much of anything this year.
Song of the Year — Issues by Julia Michaels — She is the underrated artist of the year, and her one fight for me would be 1-800-273-8255 by Alessia Cara.
Best New Artist — Alessia Cara — I have been a huge fan of hers since Here in 2015, and while Julia Michaels, SZA, and Khalid all had huge years, I hope Alessia walks away with the hardware.
Best Pop Solo Performance — Praying by Kesha — This category has five legitimate contenders, but that high note that Kesha hits (you know which one I’m talking about) will power her through.
Pink’s What About Us, Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons, and Kelly Clarkson’s Love So Soft round out the amazing category.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance — Stay by Zedd and Alessia — There’s something about the Pop category this year that is just super strong. Imagine Dragon’s Thunder, Chainsmokers’ Something Just Like This, Despacito, and even Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man make the choice here hard.
Except for my love of Alessia’s voice…
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album — In Full Swing by Seth MacFarlane — Come on Seth!! Bring one home for Family Guy!
Best Pop Vocal Album — Rainbow by Kesha — ÷ by Ed Sheeran was my leading favorite for a really long time, until I listened to Rainbow again this week and reminded myself how good it was. Ed’s album came out 12 months ago, and it has worn out just a little. All the nominees were great this year, as Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, and Coldplay round out the group.
Best Rock Performance — The Promise by Chris Cornell — Chris or Leonard Cohen should win this in memory of their passings…but it’ll likely go to the Foo Fighters.
Best Country Solo Performance — Tin Man by Miranda Lambert — Yet another super strong category, as Chris Stapleton (Either Way), Maren Morris (I Could Use A Love Song), and Sam Hunt (Body Like a Back Road) all have a shot too.
Not that I have anything against Alison Krauss.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance — It Ain’t My Fault by Brothers Osborne — Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, and Midland are all nominated, but a repeat of the CMAs should be in order here.
Best Country Song — Better Man by Taylor Swift — Tay Tay needs to win something after all…
Best Country Album — From A Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton — CMA repeat is expected here.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media — Moana: The Songs — La La Land is somehow still in the running, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Hidden Figures, and Baby Driver are all in play here as well.