Who Will Come Out On Top at the 2017 Grammys?

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This week the official nominees list of the 59th annual Grammy Awards was bestowed upon us. For those that are simply happy because awards seasons are exciting times for fashion (and of course shiny trophies), your time is coming soon. The red carpet at the Grammy’s are pretty amazing to watch and quite inspiring when it comes to thinking about what is “in style” and haughty clothing options for the year.

To be quite honest, I do find myself every year wishing that I could buy the custom made suits that most of the guys wear. Snazzy right? Expensive and a bit out of my price range for a clothes budget… absolutely.

Okay, let us get to the music now.

There are 84 categories in the Grammys that covers all music genres. Lest this post becomes a Moby Dick, let me offer some thoughts on a few of the major awards:

Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele

I can’t fathom Adele losing this award to anyone else.  She has done something that many artists are not capable of doing in this era, which is taking a break for personal reasons and staying relevant with an old album(s). Many of her fans listened to 21 as the timeless classic that it is. Every song on the album 25 could be a “single” released with a video.

Record Of The Year: “Hello” — Adele

You all might think at this point that I am pandering for Adele… and you are slightly right. Adele simply delivered an amazing collective of songs with 25. Co-written by Adele and Greg Kurstin, the powerful ballad was the quintessential “I’m back and better than ever” song that I don’t see anyone else being able to mimic for the next 5 years.

It is safe to say that “Hello” was the most popular soul song of 2015. Breaking the VEVO record of reaching 27.7 million views within 24-hours was stunning to watch first hand. “Hello” became the 7th best-selling single in 2015! To add the icing on the cake, the single also became the first song ever to sell 1 million digital copies in a week.

Song Of The Year: “Hello” — Adele & Greg Kurstin

The song “Hello” broke records and also put Adele back on top of the charts. In almost every country where music data is recorded, “Hello” peaked at the number 1 position. The only countries where Adele’s “Hello” did not stand hit number 1 were Brazil/Billboard Brasil 100 (peaked at 32), Japan/Japan Hot 100 (peaked at 17), and Portugal/AFP (peaked at 3).

Best New Artist: The Chainsmokers

Now this category is a bit more competitive than the others. All of the nominees including Chance The Rapper, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, and Anderson .Paak have had tremendous moments this year. The Chainsmokers’ song “Closer” (featuring Halsey) pretty much held a top spot on my rotation for the second half of the summer.

If they do not win, then my second runner up is Kelsea Ballerini. Her heartfelt song “Peter Pan” song encompasses a play on the nostalgic childhood character. The correlation between the character and her lyrics towards the relationship/actions of a real life human man are sublime. Add in the visual (video) to the story and we have a perfect winner here. The song was co-written by Kelsea, Forest Glen Whitehead (new, yet talented producer), and singer-songwriter Jesse Lee.

Here are a few of my other predictions within the pop categories.

Best Pop Vocal Album: 25 — Adele
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello” — Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Cheap Thrills” — Sia (Featuring Sean Paul)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Best Dance Recording: “Never Be Like You” — Flume (Featuring Kai)

What are you looking forward to next year at the Grammys? Will your favorite artist(s) show up in trendsetting attire that blows everyone away? What are your predictions on who will win each category?

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About Kenon Lamont Thompson

Kenon Lamont Thompson is a chef, journalist/blogger, and photographer. Music has been a part of his life ever since he was a kid that earned a Walkman CD Player and MP3 player. When Kenon is not enjoying his time working (yes you read that right), he is usually having fun playing video games, participating in outdoor activities, and traveling.

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