Staff Grammy Picks

Elias Evans

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2017 may not have been the comeback that everyone was looking for after the worldwide disappointment that was 2016, but one thing the year may be remembered for is some of the phenomenal music that it brought. From old to new, major label to independent, the year certainly delivered on the sonic side. So with this year’s Grammys coming up this Sunday, the staff thought it would be fun to take some personal picks at what we thought was most deserving of some of the night’s biggest categories.

Best Album

Nominations:

Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.

JAY-Z- 4:44

Lorde- Melodrama

Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love!

Staff pick: Bruno Mars- 24k Magic

 

Record of the Year

Nominations:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber- Despacito

JAY-Z- The Story of OJ

Kendrick Lamar- HUMBLE.

Bruno Mars- 24K Magic

Staff Pick: Childish Gambino- Redbone

 

Song of the Year

Nominations:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber- Despacito

JAY-Z- 4:44

Julia Michaels- Issues

Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid -1-800-273-8255

Staff Pick: Bruno Mars- That’s what I Like

 

Rap Album of the Year

Nominations:

JAY-Z- 4:44

Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.

Migos- Culture

Rapsody- Laila’s Wisdom

Staff Pick: Tyler, the Creator- Flower Boy

 

Rock Album of the Year

Nominations:

Mastodon- Emperor of Sand Mastodon

Metallica- Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct

Queens of the Stone Age- Villains

The War on Drugs- A Deeper Understanding

Staff Pick: Nothing More- The Stories We Tell Ourselves

 

Alternative Album of the Year

Nominations:

Arcade Fire- Everything Now

LCD Soundsystem- American Dream

Father John Misty- Pure Comedy

The National- Sleep Well Beast

Staff Pick: Gorillaz- Humanz

 

Urban and Contemporary Album of the Year

Nominations:

6LACK- Free 6LACK

Childish Gambino- Awaken, My Love!

SZA- Ctrl

The Weekend- Starboy

Staff Pick: Khalid- American Teen

 

 

R&B Album of the Year

Nominations:

Daniel Caesar-Fruedian

Ledisi- Let Love Rule

PJ Morton- Gumbo

Musiq Soulchild- Feel the Real

Staff Pick: Bruno Mars- 24K Magic

 

Best New Artist

Nominations:

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

Staff Pick: Alessia Cara