2017 Grammy Awards: The Ones to Watch

The Grammys are airing this Sunday, and we’re all excited to see who the lucky winners will be! In the short time we have left, let’s take a look at some of the biggest match-ups, tightest races, and most interesting categories to keep an eye out for!

The Big One

It’s hard to talk about the Grammy Awards without talking about Adele and Beyoncé. These two are nominated for this year’s top three categories- song, record and album of the year.

The two mega-singers are unquestionably the biggest names in music during this year’s eligibility period. Adele’s 25 has unbreakable sales records. And Beyoncé’s Lemonade is arguably the most talked about music piece of 2016.

Unlikely Rivals

But make no mistake, these two ladies aren’t your typical rivals. Both have always sung each other’s praises, and both have experienced no shortage of recognition from the Grammys.

Adele is one of only two artists to win all of the Grammys’ Big Fours; including Album, Record, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. She has a total of 10 awards to her name.

Beyoncé has a whopping 20 Grammys, the second-highest total for any female artist.

The two also share the record for the most Grammys won by a female artist in a single night, taking home six each.

But unlike Adele, Beyoncé has only won in the major categories, as one of the four credited writers on Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) for Song of the Year.

Though she has been nominated multiple times in the major categories, she has also experienced loses. For example, in 2010, Kings of Leon’s album, Use Somebody, beat out Queen Bey’s Halo for Record of the Year; and Beck’s Morning Phase won album of the year in 2013 over her self-titled, fifth studio album.

But Beyoncé may see gold for Album of the Year for 2016. Lemonade rocked society with documentary-type videos that led a worldwide movement. This movement even inspired dedicated college courses about Beyoncé.

Song of the Year, which is purely a songwriters’ award, seems more fitting for Adele’s Hello. While Record of the Year, which encompasses performance and production, has a good chance to go to Beyoncé’s Formation.

Newbie Alert

The best new artist category is always unpredictable. For example, the award has gone to Esperanza Spalding, over both Drake and Justin Bieber; Shelby Lynne, for her sixth album; and most infamously, Milli Vanilli, for music that they ended up not actually providing vocals for.

This year’s nominees present a well rounded group of singers; including the Chainsmokers, who had an endless amount of pop hits last year. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini, also seems to be the next Carrie Underwood, who won this very award ten years ago.

Others nominated in this category include country star, Maren Morris; soul singer, Anderson Paak; and Chicago indie musician, Chance the Rapper.

It will all come down to voters. Will they rely on pure chart success, or hope to make a claim on an emerging superstar?

Taking a Chance

The year 2016 saw many breakout stars, but one stood out from the crowd. It shouldn’t be a surprise to most that Chance the Rapper is being represented at the Grammys. He is up for seven nominations, including Best New Artist.

Something special about Chance is that he has yet to release a physical album, and has never signed to a record label.

Like his previous efforts with 10 Day and Acid Rap, his 2016 breakthrough, Coloring Book, was classified as a mixtape, self-released and entirely digital. It’s also the first streaming-only album to ever be nominated for a Grammy.

 

The Grammys will be hosted by late-night host James Corden and will air Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on CBS. Tune in to see who the winners are!

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