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Who’s going home with a golden gramophone?
The 61st annual Grammy Awards are broadcast live on Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and PEOPLE predicted who will win on music’s biggest night.
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ALBUM OF THE YEAR
NOMINEES: Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy; Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You; Drake, Scorpion, H.E.R., H.E.R.; Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys; Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer; Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour; Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists, Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By
PREDICTION: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves should be a lock for her genre-defying masterpiece Golden Hour, in which the country star — inspired by love and other drugs — augmented her Texas twang with space age synthesizers and even a disco beat.
SONG OF THE YEAR
NOMINEES*: “All the Stars” (Kendrick Lamar & SZA); “Boo’d Up” (Ella Mai); “God’s Plan” (Drake); “In My Blood” (Shawn Mendes); “The Joke” (Brandi Carlile); “The Middle” (Zedd, Grey, Maren Morris); “Shallow” (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper); “This Is America” (Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino)
*The song of the year prize is awarded to songwriters; the artists listed above the performers of the nominated tracks.
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s catchy duet from A Star Is Born — transcended the blockbuster it was written for and became a Top 40 hit. The power ballad about taking a big leap for love also marked the pop queen’s arrival as a major movie star. (Should “Shallow” win the song of the year title, Gaga and her cowriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt would take home trophies.)
Best New Artist
Nominees: Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith
Prediction: Dua Lipa
British import Dua Lipa has the edge in this competitive category. The Recording Academy traditionally crowns a newcomer who has earned mainstream success in this slot. And Londoner Lipa did just that with her breakout smash “New Rules.” She also got buzz for teaming up with Calvin Harris (“One Kiss”) as well as Mark Ronson and Diplo (“Electricity”).
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
NOMINEES: Beck, “Colors”; Camila Cabello, “Havana (Live)”; Ariana Grande, “God Is a Woman”; Lady Gaga, “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”; Post Malone, “Better Now”
PREDICTION: Ariana Grande, “God Is a Woman”
Will Ariana Grande’s Grammy prayers finally be answered? The pop star should grab her first award for the feminist anthem “God Is a Woman,” in which she performs vocal acrobatics effortlessly while declaring female sexuality worthy of worship.
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
NOMINEES: Loretta Lynn, “Wouldn’t It Be Great”; Maren Morris, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”; Kacey Musgraves, “Butterflies”; Chris Stapleton, “Millionaire”; Keith Urban, “Parallel Line”
PREDICTION: Chris Stapleton, “Millionaire”
Bet on Grammy darling Chris Stapleton (he’s won five in the past three years) to take home the prize for “Millionaire.” The love song showcases the country rocker’s smoky voice and packs a punch because it’s a duet with (and tribute to) his wife, Morgane — with whom he’s expecting his fifth child.
BEST R&B ALBUM
NOMINEES: Toni Braxton, Sex & Cigarettes; Leon Bridges, Good Things; Lalah Hathaway, Honestly; H.E.R., H.E.R.; PJ Morton, Gumbo Unplugged
PREDICTION: H.E.R., H.E.R.
After fans such as Alicia Keys, Usher and even the Jenner sisters sang her praises, 21-year-old singer H.E.R. (real name: Gabi Wilson) scored five nominations for her eponymous debut album, filled with confessional tunes about love, angst and insecurity.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.