10 (Ten) Categories To Watch Out For at the Grammys 2017

The 59th annual Grammy awards is coming live on Sunday night (Feb. 12), and here are the 10 categories worth paying attention to, for their highly competitive nature and larger meaning for the possible winners:

Record of the Year

Adele (nominated for “Hello”) versus Beyonce (up for “Formation”).

Rihanna and Drake on “Work” work work work work work work; in a class of its own

Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” or Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.”


Best New Artist

Nominated Best New Artist are:

Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris cancel each other out.

Former BNA winners Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes?

Hot 100 all-stars The Chainsmokers or  Anderson.

Paak or someone else.


Pop Duo/Group Performance

The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” (feat. Halsey)

Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (feat. Sean Paul) and,

Rihanna’s “Work” (feat. Drake).

Also nominated are:

“7 Years” and “Stressed Out,”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Confident by Demi Lovato?

Ariana Grande for Dangerous Woman LP.

More competition to come from Justin Bieber, Adele and Sia.


Best Rock Performance

Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” up against Beyonce’s Jack White collaboration “Don’t Hurt Yourself,”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beyonce and Rihanna will try to fend off a trio of hyper-talented upstarts. Lemonade and Anti, King’s tremendous debut We Are King, Anderson .

Paak’s widely heralded Malibu and Gallant’s deeply unique Ology are all attempting an upset.

Best R&B Song

Rihanna —  “Kiss It Better” — or Drake’s “Come and See Me.”

Bryson Tiller’s “ExTiller’sor Tory Lanez’s “Luv”

There’s also Maxwell

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Drake is nominated here for “Hotline Bling” against D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” featuring Lil Yachty.

Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth vs Maren Morris’ Hero

Also, Loretta Lynn, nominated at 84 years old for her album Full Circle.

Best Musical Theater Album

Sara Bareilles or Waitress

Bright Star, Fiddler On The Roof, The Color Purple and Kinky Boots, the latter from Cyndi Lauper.


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