2017 Grammy Awards: Predictions For Best Song, Best Album and More

by Kevin Roberts
on February 10, 2017

You’re in luck this weekend, as Adele and the top music stars in the world aim to show up (and please) as we find out all the big winners at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Prepare for a , as the world celebrates the best music of the past year in what basically boils down to a showdown between Adele and Beyonce.

That’s not a battle to miss, especially with this year’s Grammys also promising not to disappoint in the entertainment category. New host and late night star James Corden gives the event a fresh take up front, while superstar performers like The Weeknd, Adele, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more are expected to either perform or at least appear on stage.

The Grammys are rarely a snoozefest, but this year’s show could be especially engaging when it comes down to the top awards. Adele and Beyonce will duke it out for Song and Album of the Year, among other things, while a slew of hopeful candidates will try a sneak attack to shock the collective music world.

Ultimately, we’re probably looking at an exciting night where Beyonce (an insane 9 nominations) and Adele (5) take home most of the hardware. The only question, of course, is who will win what and just how reliable they are when it comes to Grammys betting.

The big show arrives on Sunday, February 12th (“how dare they!” say The Walking Dead fans), and that leaves us just enough time to run through the latest 2017 Grammys Odds to see which way you’ll want to lean with your bets.

2017 Grammy Awards Picks

Best New Artist

  • Chance The Rapper
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson Paak
  • Kelsea Ballerini

We can kick start things with a look at this year’s Best New Artist, which is weird to begin with since Chance The Rapper (favored with -225 odds) isn’t really “new”. He still headlines this genre since he’s never won the award before and enjoyed a breakout year with 2016 album, Coloring Book.

Anyone paying attention to the music scene in 2016 will acknowledge the obvious sleeper here is The Chainsmokers (+250), who had a huge hit in Closer and burst onto the scene this past year. Closer was a huge hit and awarded the DJ duo their first ever #1 chart topper.

The Chainsmokers have been around since 2012 and have had huge hits since 2014, but this as big as they’ve gotten. Chance The Rapper looks like the smart money, but if you want some upside, a mere $100 bet would return a solid $250 if you roll with The Chainsmokers.

As for the rest of the field, Maren Morris (+700) and Kelsea Ballerini (+1800) both certainly made strong impressions in the country pop scene, but they – along with Anderson Paak (+2000) – feel like tough sells.

Pick: Chance The Rapper

Record of the Year

  • Hello – Adele
  • Formation – Beyonce
  • Work – Rihanna featuring Drake
  • 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  • Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

You could go back and forth on this one, which really looks to be between Adele’s Hello (-500) and Beyonce’s Formation (+500). They lead the way far ahead of Rihanna’s Work (+900), while Lukas Graham (+1500) and Twenty One Pilots (+2500) feel like true long shots.

This award goes to the best record flat out – songwriting cast aside – and when you look at it from that perspective (or any, really), this one is Adele’s to lose. There is certainly an argument for Beyonce’s Formation, Adele once again knocked it out of the park with the soulful, gripping and simply more revealing Hello.

Pick: Adele

Song of the Year

  • Hello – Adele
  • Formation – Beyonce
  • Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  • 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  • I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner

Just think to yourself what song was played on the radio the most, mocked or praised on social media the most and parodied the most. Usually, you’re coming away with Adele’s Hello (-500 favorite) as the winner for Song of the Year.

Once again, Beyonce is the main competition here (+500) with the powerful Formation, but Adele brings the power and leaves memorable lines that are already bordering on iconic. Justin Bieber (+900) certainly caught fire with the catchy Lose Yourself, but he is arguably a distant third in this category.

We shouldn’t completely deny Lukas Graham (+1200) or Mike Posner (+3300), either, but they’re admittedly huge long shots.

Pick: Adele

Album of the Year

  • Lemonade – Beyonce
  • 25 – Adele
  • Purpose – Justin Bieber
  • Views – Drake
  • A Sailors Guide to the Earth – Sturgill Simpson

With Adele running away with two of the other top Grammy Award nominations, this feels like a great spot for her to cool down and give way to Beyonce. Beyonce’s eclectic and revealing Lemonada brings her in as the favorite (-200), and while Lemonade is controversial and even at times a little busy, it’s controlled chaos from a living legend that pushed this album out to show us into her world, while also suggesting she’s only getting started.

Album of the Year wins don’t come out of pure awe very often, but that’s at least partially why Beyonce feels like a lock to take this one home. Adele (+200) is the clear #2 here and what is there bad to say about 25, which boasts instant classics in the acclaimed Hello, as well as Send My Love? Not much, except unlike Beyonce’s versatile album, even the best Adele ballads start to bleed into each other as time goes by.

Adele is still the only real contender here, although it’s worth noting that Justin Bieber (+900) put forth a valiant effort via Purpose and there is no denying the allure of Drake’s Views (+1800) and Sturgill Simpson’s old school country album, A Sailor’s Guide to the Earth (+2000). Those are valid contenders in any other year, but the 2017 Grammys is clearly about Beyonce vs. Adele. When it comes to Album of the Year, the race is close, but Bey trumps Adele.

Pick: Beyonce

There aren’t full Grammys odds out for every main category, but we still wanted to list the rest in case you stumble upon a good betting site that offers more bets.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • Cinema – Andrea Bocelli
  • Fallen Angels – Bob Dylan
  • Stages Live – Josh Groban
  • Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – Willie Nelson
  • Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway – Barbra Streisand

We’ve got living legends here, people. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Barbra Streisand – all in their own way – deserve recognition here, but we can’t completely deny Josh Groban or Andrea Bocelli.

Many view this as a and if so, we have to give the edge to the more eclectic Dylan.

Pick: Bob Dylan

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • 25 – Adele
  • Purpose – Justin Bieber
  • Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
  • Confident – Demi Lovato
  • This is Acting – Sia

This one comes down to which pop artist had the best album and was the most impressive vocally. Seriously? This one is in question? Adele has been known as the most powerful, smoothest singer in the world for years, so it only makes sense she’d lead the way here.

Bieber and Grande perform catchy songs, but they feel like gimmicks here. Lovato had underrated power, but the feeling is similar. The dark horse, of course, could be Sia, who has a grit Adele doesn’t have produces tortured turns in the beautiful This is Acting. Adele will win, but if she doesn’t we hope it’s Sia.

Pick: Adele

Best Rock Song

  • Blackstar – David Bowie
  • Burn the Witch – Radiohead
  • Hardwired – James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
  • Heathens – Tyler Joseph
  • My Name is Human – Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens

The late, great David Bowie could win an award (or two) posthumously and we wouldn’t be sad about it. He confessed that Blackstar was a going away gift to his lifelong fans, and he surely didn’t disappoint with the short but sweet (and dark) Blackstar.

But should he win? It certainly out of Bowie, but this is an underrated field. Radiohead chimed in this year with a well put together album in Burn the Witch and if it were only on us, they’d be the top contender.

Pick: David Bowie

Best Rock Album

  • California – Blink 182
  • Tell Me I’m Pretty – Cage the Elephant
  • Magma – Gojira
  • Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At the Disco
  • Weezer – Weezer

This feels like an odd category, since we’re talking about pure rock and not a single actual rock band exists here. Weezer remains as watered down as ever, Blink-182 has struggled to reinvent themselves and Panic! At the Disco has missed the mark seemingly ever since bursting onto the scene with 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. They have their moment where they seem to be maturing, but ultimately it’s the same present in different wrapping paper.

That could leave us with Gojira or Cage the Elephant, and of the two,Tell Me I’m Pretty is the one that stands out the most. Not only do they actually fit the category at hand, but they give off a timeless vibe. Even after all these years, that still isn’t something we might be able to say about Blink-182 and possibly even a regressing Weezer.

Pick: Cage the Elephant

Best Alternative Album

  • 22, A Million – Bon Iver
  • Blackstar – David Bowie
  • The Hope Six Demolition Project – P.J. Harvey
  • Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
  • A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead

It’s fair to ask what “alternative” even means anymore, but for the 2017 Grammys, it feels like a collection of colored eggs tossed at some side panel. That isn’t to say that this year’s Best Alternative Album grouping is an ugly mess, but it does feel a bit random and a little chaotic.

Through the confusion of it all, Bon Iver continues to deliver soul-searching, intimate songs, while David Bowie and Radiohead both managed to dig deep into their time warp pockets and demand we care about things we thought were long gone in our minds.

Those three are undeniably your top contenders here, while Iggy Pop keeps on trucking (but shouldn’t be taken seriously here) and P.J. Harvey is deserving of some (finally) critical acclaim, but doesn’t seem to have the winning ticket.

We’ve be fine with Bon Iver stealing the show or David Bowie cleaning up after he’s gone, but if we look at these albums as a whole, Radiohead has the most complete product.

Pick: Radiohead

Best R&B Song

  • Come and See Me – PARTYNEXTDOOR featuring Drake
  • Exchange – Bryson Tiller
  • Kiss it Better – Rihanna
  • Lake by the Ocean – Maxwell
  • Luv – Tory Lanez

Any song featuring Drake has a chance, right? That’s precisely why Come and See Me probably heads the list here, but it does have some stiff competition in Rihanna’s Kiss it Better. Of course, if we’re going for a true R&B song that hits us on every level – and not just the one that gets our hips moving – we need to pay some respect to Maxwell’s Lake by the Ocean.

Pick: Maxwell

Best R&B Album

  • In My Mind – B.J. The Chicago Kid
  • Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
  • Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin
  • Healing Season – Mint Condition
  • Smoove Jones – Mya

It’s a little shocking that none of the nominated R&B songs pave the way for a Best R&B Album nomination, but we actually don’t mind this thing being cracked wide open here.

Pick: Mint Condition

Best Rap Song

  • All the Way Up – Fat Joe
  • Famous – Kanye West
  • Hotline Bling – Drake
  • No Problem – Chance The Rapper
  • Ultralight Beam – Kanye West

Kanye West is in this category twice. Twice, people. That gives him great odds of emerging victorious here right off the bat, but let’s not forget about the ever catchy Hotline Bling or the rising Chance The Rapper’s No Problem. Fat Joe shouldn’t be ignored, either.

If it were up to use Drake would take it here. It’s one of the catchiest songs of the year – no matter the genre. However, Kanye is here twice and Ultralight Beam was about as powerful as a rap song can possibly get.

Pick: Kanye West

Best Rap Album

  • Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
  • And The Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
  • Major Key – D.J Khaled
  • Views – Drake
  • Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
  • The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

It will be very interesting to see which rapper runs away with the Best Rap Album, as Chance The Rapper is up for best new artist and could nab the best rap song, while Kanye put together a borderline masterpiece, Drake has only gotten better and few are hotter than D.J. Khaled right now.

If we’re pulling back and looking at the body of work as a whole, we like Kanye here.

Pick: Kanye West

Best Country Song

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
  • Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  • Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
  • My Church – Maren Morris
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris is one the rise and Thomas Rhett certainly delivered with Die a Happy Man, but this feels like a three-way race between Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert. McGraw’s Humble and Kind was well-rooted and paced well, but we’d rank it third behind Urban and Lambert’s nominations.

The winner might end up coming down to Urban or Lambert, and it’s hard to deny Lambert with a convincing and almost transcendent run with Vice. After all, did another country song leave a lasting mark and get you singing along better than Vice? No, we didn’t think so.

We think it’s Lambert or Urban here, but if you want a deep sleeper, Morris is making a real splash this year and could roll that momentum into some big wins. That being said, the best country song truly belongs to Lambert this year and we hope she wins.

Pick: Miranda Lambert

Best Country Album

  • Big Day in a Small Town – Brandy Clark
  • Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
  • Hero – Maren Morris
  • A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban

This is another race that feels restricted to three artists, with the ever popular Keith Urban possibly leading the way. Sturgill Simpson didn’t make a traditional pop country record, but if the voters are fair and true, he could have a real shot at staging the upset.

We’re calling an upset from a different angle, however. Morris was fantastic in 2016 and while we don’t have her ripping away wins in other categories he’s nominated, she’s a dark horse to steal the show with country’s top album.

Pick: Maren Morris

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Hello – Adele
  • Hold Up – Beyonce
  • Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  • Piece By Piece – Kelly Clarkson
  • Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

When you start talking about the best pop song by a solo artist, all bets are truly off. This isn’t about an entire album, vocal talent or which song was the most powerful. It’s about what song, hands down, was the best.

Hello certainly leads the way and will probably win, but all of these nominees feel like they have a chance. Beyonce’s Hold Up is an odd choice from her Lemonade album, while Bieber’s Lose Yourself could have it’s moment in this spot. Don’t forget about Kelly Clarkson or Ariana Grande, though. Piece by Piece was both powerful and catchy, while Dangerous Woman was sleek, sexy and mature.

If we had the call here, Ariana Grande would have her moment and she comes in as a very sneaky sleeper pick. That being said, it feels like Adele and Beyonce are going to clean up at this year’s Grammys.

Pick: Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Closer – The Chainsmokers
  • 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  • Work – Rihanna featuring Drake
  • Cheap Thrills – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Last, but certainly not least, is the best duo/group pop performance. The Chainsmokers are obvious front-runners, as they also come in as a Best New Artist sleeper and had one of the year’s biggest successes in Closer. Of course, anytime you’re going up against the likes of Rihanna and Sia, you know you’re going to have your work cut out for you.

Hopefully Sia gets the credit she deserves and gets the nod here, but our best guess lies with The Chainsmokers. If they don’t win Best New Artist, this would be a great spot for them to get a make-up win.

There are many more Grammy categories to research and bet on, but these cover the most popular categories that any casual music fan will likely be interested in betting on.

Hopefully we gave you some solid insight on the latest Grammys Odds and which sleepers could be worth targeting. Regardless of which way you lean with your Grammy Awards betting, we wish you luck and enjoy the show!

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