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Announced on Nov. 24, 2020, the nominated artists for the 63rd Grammy Awards encompass a wide spectrum of musical styles including R&B, rock, jazz and spoken word.
Hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, the ceremony was originally supposed to occur on Jan. 31. However, concerns about new coronavirus cases postponed the event to March 14.
Below are my predictions for who will receive the night’s biggest awards.
Best New Artist
Out of all of the artists in this category, the person who has made the biggest impact in 2020 has to be Megan Thee Stallion. Her single “Savage” along with her collaboration with Cardi B, “WAP,” proved to be two of the biggest songs of the year and she has a lot of potential going forward.
Doja Cat is also a huge contender for this award with her massive hit single “Say So” and the success of her album “Hot Pink,” and Phoebe Bridgers also has a shot due to her highly-acclaimed second album “Punisher.”
Record of the Year
I feel that this category is a toss-up. On one hand, there are well-made popular hip-hop songs like “Black Parade,” “Rockstar” and the “Savage” remix, while on the other hand, there are well-made contemporary pop hits like “Don’t Start Now,” “Say So” and “Circles.”
My pick for this category would be “Everything I Wanted,” a tune from last year’s winner Billie Eilish, due to Finneas’ top-notch production on the track. Any one of the eight nominees could win this award, making it an interesting category to watch for during the ceremony.
Album of the Year
This is a tough category as well, though there is a good chance that Dua Lipa’s sophomore album “Future Nostalgia” will take the prize. “Folklore” and “Djesse Vol. 3” have a small chance at winning, as does “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” I am shocked to see “Hollywood’s Bleeding” as a nominee since it was released in Sept. 2019.
Black Pumas’ debut album also has a strong shot at taking home the award. This is one of the most diverse Album of the Year nomination lists I have seen in the history of the Grammys, so it should be interesting to see who takes the prize.
Song of the Year
In my opinion, “Cardigan” is overrated, though it could win the award. I will give this one to “Don’t Start Now.” There are also strong contenders in “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R, “Black Parade” by Beyoncé and “Everything I Wanted.”