2017 was a crazy year. We saw politicians beefing with basketball players on Twitter, “Kevin Spacey” became a curse word, and everyone who didn’t invest in Bitcoin is still kicking themselves. Through all the insanity, we know one thing for sure: Snoop Dogg still won’t win his first Grammy (The Baja Men, Bill Clinton, and Winnie The Pooh all have Grammys).
Uncle Snoop might be getting snubbed again, but we can all take home a W. Do you know today’s music that well? Then, make make big bucks with a small wager on Grammy Awards Music Specials odds.
Here are some smart money predictions:
Record Of The Year
This is between Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” If you rolled up next to someone at a stop light this year, there’s a 50/50 chance one of these songs was playing.
That said, you have to give the edge to “Despacito.” With 4.6 billion views, it’s the most-watched YouTube video of all-time. Kendrick’s record might be more profound, but Beiber on the hook of a catchy Spanish song is a cheat code. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, thank your mans Justin Beiber for the Grammy you’re about to win.
Best Rap Album
This is a three-horse race between JAY-Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, and Migos’ Culture.
4:44 wasn’t that vintage Hov we all know and love, but Jay has won 21 Grammys; can’t bet against that. And like he said, “N*ggas want my old sh*t, buy my old albums.”
Kendrick’s DAMN was a fire project. It might be his best work yet, and his first three studio albums are all contemporary classics in their own right. No one should be surprised if he wins, but Culture has to be the favorite here.
From “Bad And Boujee” to “T-Shirt” to “Slippery,” the album is banger after banger. The fact that all three Migos (Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff) all have legit solo careers after Culture dropped is all you really need to know.
Best New Artist
Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, and SZA were all breakout artists who brought fresh new flavors to the music game.
“Location” is the best song off of Khalid’s debut album American Teen. Straight vibes. He’s one of those rare, Drake-style artists who appeals to everyone.
Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” is a bit morbid if you print out the lyrics, but you can’t help but sing along when he says “all my friends are dead.” Part Marilyn Manson, part Wiz Khalifa, and part Lil Wayne, Uzi is unlike any artist we’ve seen before.
SZA brought female R&B back into the mainstream this year. Her side chick anthem “The Weekend” is straight ear candy; her soulful voice over the slow, synth-heavy beat just makes you want to grab a bottle of wine and jump in the hot tub with someone else’s girlfriend.
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