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2016 Grammy Predictions

Who will win at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards?

February 15, 2016 is a day music fans have been anticipating for months — top music artists and industry influencers from around the world will be coming together and walking down the red carpet for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

If there’s anything that past Grammy Awards presentation ceremonies have taught us, it’s that the most popular artist doesn’t always win the gilded trophy, and surprises and snubs occur annually. This year, competition is tight between leading nominees Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, but the real power is now in the hands of the Recording Academy members who cast the final deciding ballots.

With so many top songs in 2015, there’s sure to be some more disrupters this year. We’ve made some of our own favorable forecasts of the music artists we believe will take home golden gramophones.

Without further ado, here are our 2016 Grammy predictions.

Record of the Year

“Uptown Funk”

Artist: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

After reigning at the top of the charts for 14 weeks in a row, making it one of the most successful songs in rock history, “Uptown Funk” looks to be the favorite for this prestigious award. Ronson is no stranger to the Grammy Awards and has not only been nominated many times, but won in 2008 for producing Amy Winehouses’s hit single, “Rehab.”

Album of the Year

“1989”

Artist: Taylor Swift

Although she recently switched genres from country to pop, that hasn’t slowed down Taylor’s success streak. The debut of 1989 proved that Taylor is a versatile artist who has firmly established herself as a pop performer. She has a strong stake to earn many awards this year, both in and out of the pop category.

Song of the Year

“Blank Space”

Artist: Taylor Swift

Up for a total of seven Grammy nominations this year, Taylor is believed to have the Song of the Year award in the bag. “Blank Space” topped the charts as No. 1 for seven weeks straight, and it was produced by Max Martin who won the 2015 Grammy for Producer of the Year.

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

She may be young, but Meghan Trainor’s voice is powerful and her song’s message of body acceptance might be even stronger. After “All About That Bass” took over the airwaves, it seems there’s always one of Meghan’s songs from her album “Title” playing on the radio. This new female pop artist is not only a great singer, but also a role model that deserves this respected award.

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Blank Space”

Artist: Taylor Swift

Yes, Taylor Swift is predicted to win this award too, but she’s also going up against the biggest names in the pop genre. From her pal Ed Sheeran, to Ellie Goulding, to Kelly Clarkson and The Weeknd — whoever wins this award will be cutting it close.

Best Pop Duo Group Performance

“Uptown Funk”

Artist: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

This was a hard one to choose because of the nominees, ranging from Maroon 5’s “Sugar” to Taylor Swift and Kendrick’s “Bad Blood” and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. However, “Uptown Funk” stood out to us yet again as being one of the most unique and timely songs of 2016. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars perfected a song that could have been a hit in the ’60s and will be for many future decades.

Best Rock Song

“Hold Back The River”

Artist: James Bay

This British singer-songwriter is making quite the name for himself in the States, and we think James will secure the Best Rock Song Grammy with his masterful falsetto crooning. Although he’ll be competing against huge names like Florence + The Machine and Alabama Shakes, there’s something so emotional and genuine about his song “Hold Back The River” that makes him the most deserving candidate.

Best R&B Song

“Earned It”

Artist: The Weeknd

“Earned It” was first released as a lead single from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack, and continued to generate more popularity from there. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and is now known as one of the biggest songs of The Weeknd’s career. The Weeknd’s smooth and seductive voice layered with the entrancing slow beats makes us think he has this award locked down.

Best Rap Song

“Alright”

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Since making his rap debut, Kendrick Lamar has always been a Grammy favorite, and this year he’s also ours. He faces fierce competition from contenders such as Drake and Kanye West (who has won 21 Grammy Awards since 2005). “Alright” makes Kendrick our favorite because of how his anthem artistically paints a picture of America’s temptations and gun violence, but then reassures, “We gon’ be alright” with its catchy chorus.

Best Country Song

“Girl Crush”

Artist: Little Big Town

Last year, Miranda Lambert swept the floor in the country genre, but the 2016 Grammys is wide open for new country contenders. Our favorite is Little Big Town with their hit single “Girl Crush.” The hauntingly beautiful song of unrequited love is highly relatable and resonates with the listener.

Now that we’ve shared our 2016 Grammy predictions with you, it’s time for you to make some of your own. After all, if there’s one thing the Grammys are known for, it’s that anyone can be a winner.

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