Nobody celebrates music every year better than the Grammy Awards. Even if you disagree with the nominees and winners, it is hard to dispute the importance of the award show in the music business. Here is a preview of the 2017 Grammy Awards show on February 12th.
There is no denying that Album of the Year is the top award handed out at the Grammy’s each year. The artists nominated for the prestigious award this year are Adele, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Drake. Everything suggests that this award will come down to Adele’s 25 or Beyonce’s Lemonade. Both albums are great, but 25 may struggle to maintain votes after getting released more than a year ago. A win for Lemonade would be the first time Beyonce wins the top award at the Grammy’s in her historic career. While it does not appear likely, Sturgill Simpson may be the benefactor of a vote split between Adele and Beyonce.
Since it seems like albums are listened to in their entirety less and less each year, Record of the Year has quickly become the second most important award at the Grammy’s. This year’s nominees include Adele, Beyonce, Lukas Graham, Rihanna and Twenty One Pilots. The Grammy’s seems to always give this award to the highest charting single of the year. If they follow this trend, then Adele will take home Record of the Year for “Hello.” The song continues to get a lot of play on the radio, so it is virtually inescapable for any voter.
Song of the Year is a great way to honor the top songwriters that help create some of the biggest hits of the year. The nominees this year are “Formation” by Beyonce, “Hello” by Adele, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. Since the Grammys love to give some love to the unknown songwriters in the music industry, “7 Years” is the likely winner. It does not hurt that is the most original song nominated in the category.
While it can be considered a blessing or a curse, there is no denying the honor of being named the Best New Artist at the Grammy’s. The artists nominated this year include Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Maren Morris, The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini. Chance the Rapper is the clear favorite to win this award and have a huge night overall, as this is one of his seven Grammy nominations on the night. Coloring Book is considered one of the best albums of the year, and it was huge shock when it did not get more nominations. This may be the biggest lock of the entire evening.
Music fans should also expect the Grammy’s to honor the late David Bowie next month. Since Blackstar is widely considered to be one of the best albums of his career, many music critics and fans were shocked it did not receive an Album of the Year nomination. Bowie only won one Grammy during his long career, but he should add a few more to the list after getting five nominations this year.