Whose year was it? Billie’s? Lil Nas X’s? Perhaps, Lizzo’s?
It’s that time of the year. It’s time for the Super Bowl of music; music’s biggest night. The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are taking place this Sunday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles, and considering we are days away, it is time for those prediction lists to start coming in. And there is nothing else us music writers love more than to pretend to know what’s going to happen in the future.
There are way too many categories to go through all of them. Therefore, we decided to share with you all our predictions on the big 4 – Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist – and since the pop genre is the most prominent on our website, we cover the categories under that too.
You can see the predictions below. Don’t miss the Grammy Awards this Sunday! We will have extensive coverage of the show here on BopsAndBangers.com as well as on our social media channels.
Record Of The Year
One of the strongest categories without a doubt. If we didn't have to choose one, all of them would be perfect for it. As much as we would like to see H.E.R. take this one for 'Hard Place,' it is clear that Lil Nas X did that thing with 'Old Town Road' alongside Billy Ray Cyrus. This is the gay cowboy's one and only chance to shine.
Other nominees include: 'Hey,Ma' by Bon Iver, 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish, '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande, 'Truth Hurts' by Lizzo, 'Hard Place' by H.E.R., 'Talk' by Khalid, and 'Sunflower' by Post Malone & Swae Lee.
Album Of The Year
Billie Eilish emerged out of the blue with this debut album that's a masterpiece. It is one of those LPs that you enjoy from start to finish. While it would be incredible to see someone like Lana Del Rey take this home, the award will likely go to When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Other nominees include I,I by Bon Iver, Norman F**ing Rockwell! by Lana Del Rey, thank u, next by Ariana Grande, I Used To Know Her by H.E.R., 7 by Lil Nas X, Cuz I Love You by Lizzo, Father Of The Bride by Vampire Weekend.
Best New Artist
This one has been awarded to the likes of Adele, Sam Smith, and Dua Lipa. Yeah they are all British, but that's not why. It's because in their respective winning years they had breakthroughs unlike any other artist around. This is what 2019 felt like for Billie Eilish. Sure, Lizzo had bops all over radio and was performing almost all the same festivals Billie was. But the latter came out of nowhere last year, and she had a slightly more impressive rise to stardom than Lizzo.
Other nominees include Lizzo, Rosalia, Lil Nas X, Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Tank And The Bangas, and Yola.
Best Pop Duo / Solo Performance
You either love or hate this song, but you can't deny that this was the best duo performance of 2019. Not only was it an unlikely duo, but they created a sound that had not really been heard before. 'Old Town Road' takes this one too!
Other nominees include: 'Boyfriend' by Ariana Grande & Social House, 'Sucker' by the Jonas Brothers, 'Sunflower' by Post Malone & Swae Lee, and 'Senorita' by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello.
Song Of The Year
It's redemption time for Taylor Swift. After being wildly snubbed for her last album reputation, there is no reason not to give her this one. With 'Lover,' Swift continues to prove why she is one of the best songwriters of our time. This one has to go with the country-turned-pop star.
Other nominees include 'Always Remember Us This Way' by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish, 'Bring My Flowers Now' by Brandii Carlile, 'Hard Place' by H.E.R., 'Norman F***ing Rockwell' by Lana Del Rey, 'Someone You Loved' by Lewis Capaldi, and 'Truth Hurts' by Lizzo.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Isn't this history in the making? Ariana Grande won this award last year for her work on Sweetener, and she is going to win it again with the follow-up of this era thank u, next. She definitely delivered the past few years despite the crazy happenings in her life. It's time to close this chapter out with a more than happy and celebratory moment.
Other nominees include The Lion King: The Gift by Beyonce, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish, No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran, and Lover by Taylor Swift.
Best Pop Solo Performance
If Billie Eilish wasn't in the picture, Lizzo would definitely be taking home way more awards. For this one, she is definitely taking it home. 'Truth Hurts' become one of the biggest songs of the year in its second half - quickly fading the buzz around Billie's debut album from earlier in the year. It will be the moment where Lizzo makes us here in Texas proud.
Other nominees include 'Spirit' by Beyonce, 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish, '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande, and 'You Need To Calm Down' by Taylor Swift.
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
While you may have seen Lady Gaga take home some awards for 'Shallow' last year, it was because the song was released within the eligibility period for last year's ceremony. However, this time around, it was the album as a whole and the remaining songs that were eligible for nominations. There is no way that the Bradley Cooper-directed, produced, and lead film A Star Is Born doesn't take this one home. What a great way to cheer Gaga up during these times of leak.
Other nominees include The Lion King: The Songs, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Rocketman, and Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse.
Best Music Video
FKA Twigs is about to be one for one with the Grammy Awards. Surprisingly, she's never been nominated before. Thankfully, the music video for her song 'Cellophane' is a complete work of art. If she doesn't take this one, then the Recording Academy has failed at its purpose. But guess you never know.
Other nominees include 'We've Got To Try' by The Chemical Brothers, 'This Land' by Gary Clark Jr., 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X & Billy Cyrus, and 'Glad He's Gone' by Tove Lo.
Best Music Film
This doesn't require a second glance or a second thought or anything. Queen B's Coachella documentary HOMECOMING is everything a music film should be. It's raw, fascinating, and entertaining. What else do you want?
Other nominees include Remember My Name, Birth Of The Cool, Shangri-La, and Anima.
Peter Stavros is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bops And Bangers. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.