CTRL Predicts The Grammys: Who Should And Who Will Win

Music's Biggest Night is finally upon us! Just two-months after initially being postponed from its January date, the show of all shows in music will finally revive live music and provide fans with some must-see performances. 

Centered around controversy, this year's Grammys are as unusual as it could possibly get. From a mixture of live and pre-recorded performances, to five different stages, and of course, The Weeknd getting completely shut-out, it should and will be an interesting night.

This year, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, DaBaby, Kaytranada, and Phoebe Bridgers are among the names battling it out for the Big Four - Album, Record, and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations, meanwhile Taylor Swift is eyeing her THIRD Album of the Year win. It's very rare that the Grammys get it right, but could things change this year?

Here's the CTRL breakdown on who should and who will win at the 2021 Grammys:

Album Of The Year:

Should Win: Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

Will Win: Taylor Swift, Folklore

Quite possibly the most bizarre list of nominees for Album of the Year, this year's category is filled with only 2 main hopefuls, and an upset victory waiting to happen with the other 6 nominees. The Grammys love to emphasis history-making, and as Taylor Swift won twice before, she'll become the first woman to win Album of the Year 3 times. On the other hand, Dua Lipa provided the world with an escapism with Future Nostalgia - The disco-inspired, pop masterclass that wowed with an era filled with hits, took us to 'Club Future Nostalgia', and 'Studio 2054', and ultimately soundtracked the era of the lockdown.

Record Of The Year:

Should Win: Post Malone, "Circles"

Will Win: Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé, "Savage"

It was the year of Thee Stallion! When Beyoncé joined forces with Megan, the two Houston musicians rose to the occasion and provided listeners with an exciting remix that actually made it sound like a new song, which a remix is supposed to do. On the other hand, with "Blinding Lights" getting snubbed, "Circles" was the seconded biggest force to be reckoned with. In the past, The Recording Academy have been reluctant to award major chart-toppers with Record of the Year, songs like "Old Town Road", "God's Plan", and "Despacito" all failed to be victorious, but maybe Post Malone can break the streak.

Song Of The Year: 

Should Win: Roddy Ricch, "The Box"

Will Win: H.E.R, "I Can't Breathe"

The songwriting category: This is the moment where The Recording Academy will save face. Instead of awarding one of the defining songs of the year that was "The Box", the Grammys will look into a song that has a deeper meaning and it will be H.E.R's powerful "I Can't Breathe". (Look out for Taylor Swift's "Cardigan")

Best New Artist:

Should Win: Doja Cat

Will Win: Phoebe Bridgers

History will repeat itself! Back in 2012, J. Cole and Nicki Minaj were among the artists nominated for Best New Artist, and both lost to Bon Iver. This year, the two defining female rap superstars Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion are the clear frontrunners, but Phoebe will be the Bon Iver that you didn't see coming.

Best Dance Recording:

Should Win: "The Difference", "My High", or "On My Mind"

Will Win: Kaytranada, "10%"

The Grammys actually got it right with the Dance/Electronic categories! From Flume's exhilarating "The Difference" to Disclosure obnoxiously-good "My High", to Diplo's thrust-pumping "On My Mind", and the hypnotizing "Both Of Us" by Jayda G, any one of these should win. But since Kaytranada sits comfortably in one of the Big 4 categories, he is the clear winner. 

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

Should Win: Disclosure, ENERGY

Will Win: Kaytranada, Bubba

Best Alternative Music Album:

Should Win: Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

Will Win: Fiona Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters

What will it take for Kevin Parker to finally take home his first Grammy? 'The Slow Rush' might've not been Parker's grandest work to date, but it was enough for Julian Casablancas to root for him to win this Grammy! But, Fiona Apple unexpected comeback was rooted in immense critical acclaim. 

Best Rap Song:

Should Win: Lil Baby, "The Bigger Picture"

Will Win: Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé: "Savage"

It's the boys club but it's the ladies night! Because you know, The Grammys love to play it safe. 

Best Melodic Rap Performance:

Should Win: Roddy Ricch, "The Box"

Will Win: DaBaby & Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"

Both DaBaby & Roddy Ricch are competing in this category, but in the end Roddy will be a winner either way!

Best Rap Album:

Should Win: Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Alfredo

Will Win: Nas, King's Disease  

It's the year of the boomer! No but seriously, where's Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, and Lil Baby? Nas will finally win his first Grammy!

Best Pop Solo Performance:

Should Win: Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now" or Doja Cat, "Say So"

Will Win: Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now"

Dua's trend-setting "Don't Start Now" will be the rightful winner, but Doja's "Say So" was just too-groovy to resist. 

Best Pop Vocal Album:

Should Win: Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

Will Win: Harry Styles, Fine Line

Will The Grammys seriously have Harry Styles perform without allowing him to win? Dua and Taylor will be battling it out in the Big 4, so this is Harry's time to shine!

Best Progressive R&B Album:

Should Win: Thundercat, It Is What It Is

Will Win: Jhené Aiko, Chilombo 

Remember the racist, Best Urban Contemporary award? Yeah, this is it, just renamed!

Others:

Best Music Video:

Should Win: Future & Drake, "Life is Good"

Will Win: Beyoncé, "Brown Skin Girl"

 

Producer Of The Year:

Should Win: Flying Lotus

Will Win: Jack Antonoff

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