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Xavier Smith: My best guesses for the Grammy Awards

dfox • Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM

So, here are my 2016 Grammy predictions.

Record of the year: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Album of the Year: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes

Song of the Year: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist: Sam Hunt

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “No One Ever Tells You” by Seth McFralane

Best Pop Vocal Album: “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson

Best Dance Recording: “Where Are U Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “In Colour” by Jamie XX

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV”

Best Rock Performance: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King

Best Metal Performance: “512” by Lamb of God

Best Rock Song: “Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Album: “Drones” by Muse

Best Alternative Music Album: “Sound and Color” by Alabama Shakes

Best R&B Performance: “Earned It” by The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Shame” by Tyrese

Best R&B Song: “Really Love” by D’Angelo

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Ego Death” by The Internet

Best R&B Album: “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo

Best Rap Performance: “Back to Back” by Drake

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Glory” by Common and John Legend

Best Rap Song: “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album: “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” by J. Cole

Best Solo Country Performance: “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song: “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Best Country Album: “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton

Some of you may know (I didn’t) that there are a lot of categories for the Grammy’s. 

So for this portion of my predictions I’ll give an overview/disclaimer.

I had no idea who to choose for some of these categories - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Best Rock Album, for example - because I’m not familiar with the categories.

For some of the others - Record of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Pop Solo Performance- had me scratching my head because any of the nominees could potentially win for various reasons. 

I’ll keep researching and making my bracket *cough* predictions for the awards. 

Feel free to drop me some hints!

Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.

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