Grammy Nominations: How Did I Do? (2017)

On Monday, I attempted to predict the nominations for the Grammy categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. How did I do? Let’s find out:

Album of the Year

Beyoncé - LemonadeI predicted
Adele – 25
Beyoncé – Lemonade
David Bowie – Blackstar
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Rihanna – ANTI

The nominations
Adele – 25
Beyoncé – Lemonade
Drake – Views
Justin Bieber – Purpose
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

My score
Five stars

Surprises
Sturgill Simpson is the most obvious surprise with Bowie’s absence as the most disappointing. In hindsight, having both Radiohead and David Bowie was highly unlikely, though having neither make it in favour of Drake and Bieber I should have foreseen.

Record of the Year

Justin Bieber - PurposeI predicted
Adele – Hello
Beyoncé – Formation
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

The nominations
Adele – Hello
Beyoncé – Formation
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Rihanna & Drake – Work
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

My score
Four stars

Surprises
Slightly annoyed 7 Years made it and also slightly surprised Sorry didn’t, especially since Bieber got the Album nomination.

Song of the Year

I predicted
Adele & Greg Kurstin – Hello
David Bowie – Blackstar
Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin & Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Khalif Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Michael L. Williams II & Beyoncé Knowles – Formation
Lori McKenna – Humble And Kind

The nominations
Adele & Greg Kurstin – Hello
Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin & Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Khalif Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Michael L. Williams II & Beyoncé Knowles – Formation
Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp – 7 Years
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

My score
Four stars

Surprises
Repeat of 7 Years, though am slightly pleasantly surprised I Took A Pill In Ibiza made it in, though I could think of many songs I would put in there instead. Having Love Yourself, 7 Years AND Ibiza is much too much white boy pop for a category that is missing music from the rap, country and rock genres.

Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper - Coloring BookI predicted
Alessia Cara
Chance The Rapper
Halsey
Maren Morris
Shawn Mendes

The nominations
Anderson .Paak
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris

My score
Three stars

Surprises
This is always the hardest of the four to predict and it’s even harder when new artists haven’t been particularly headline grabbing this year. I’m somewhat surprised neither Alessia Cara nor Shawn Mendes made the final tally, but am even more surprised I got 2/5.

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