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


Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.

JAY-Z- 4:44

Lorde- Melodrama

Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love!

Staff pick: Bruno Mars- 24k Magic


Record of the Year


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


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


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


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


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



Childish Gambino- Awaken, My Love!

SZA- Ctrl

The Weekend- Starboy

Staff Pick: Khalid- American Teen



R&B Album of the Year


Daniel Caesar-Fruedian

Ledisi- Let Love Rule

PJ Morton- Gumbo

Musiq Soulchild- Feel the Real

Staff Pick: Bruno Mars- 24K Magic


Best New Artist



Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Staff Pick: Alessia Cara

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Staff Grammy Picks