These Are Our 2018 Grammy Predictions

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At the end of November, the Recording Academy released the nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards, arguably one of the biggest accolades in music. All nominees have released music during the eligibility year — October 2016 through September 2017 — and have submitted their work for consideration. This means albums from Taylor Swift, who only released reputation earlier this month, and Drake, who didn’t submit More Life, will be missing from most categories. Swift's single "Look What You Made Me Do" is eligible, however.
Even though winners won’t be announced until the actual show airs on January 28, there will be lots to talk about in the weeks leading up to it.
And we can start that conversation right now with predictions for who will win. We made early guesses about who would be nominated in the “General Field” — the four categories that are open to all genres and include Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year — which represent the Academy’s highest honors of the night. In the weeks leading up to the nominee announcement, those categories had already garnered the most speculation from music critics.
Like many artists such as Frank Ocean and Drake, the Recording Academy no longer has my personal trust as a credible authority on the music industry. I agree with Drake’s assessment that they’re out of touch with emerging artists, and Frank’s critique that they, like the Oscars, are so white. But most importantly, Beyoncé has yet to win Album of the Year, and it’s unacceptable [insert 1,000 bee emojis].
Despite these lapses in judgment, I still think that there are some promising acts in the running for this year’s Grammys. Until then, check our predictions for who will take home the gold.
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Album Of The Year
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-ZDAMN.Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

I was super surprised that Ed Sheeran's Divide wasn't nominated, like we initially predicated. I thought he would take it home for sure. Vulture made a strong case for it among the other albums nominated. After learning that Beck did indeed release an album this year, I included him in my AOTY predictions as well because the Recording Academy clearly loves Beck. I was pleasantly surprised.

Predicted Winner: Jay-Z (I can't say that I'd be too thrilled about it given that the Grammys snubbed Beyoncé for the same award and 4:44 itself is an album where he opens up about snubbing her as well.)
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Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Every fiber of my being wanted to see Cardi B. included in this list — Variety even suggested that it could happen — but the Grammys' history with both rappers and women wouldn't let me get my hopes up. I was right. However, I was surprised that Lil Uzi Vert was being acknowledged for his creative contributions. I had expected Logic to have his slot.

Predicted Winner: Julia Michaels (Apparently she has a longer history with the Grammys as a song writer and they're really into her. But SZA actually deserves it.)
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Song of the Year
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Now seems like a good time to explain the difference between Record and Song of the Year. Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and production team of a song. Song of the Year is awarded to songwriters and composers. I was again surprised to see none of Ed Sheeran's singles made the cut, especially "Shape of You."

Predicted Winner: "1-800-273-8255" (It had a powerful message and a creative way of making sure it stuck.)
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Record of the Year
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Again, no Ed Sheeran. Unfortunately, no "Bodak Yellow" either.

Predicted Winner: “24K Magic” (Seriously, this song was infectious.)
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Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” — Kesha
“Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
“What About Us” — P!nk
“Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

Predicted Winner: "Shape of You" (Ed Sheeran has to get some love somewhere.)
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Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
“Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Predicted Winner: “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber (this is their strongest chance.)

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