The albums competing for "Album of the Year" are: 25 by Adele, Lemonade by Beyonce, Purpose by Justin Bieber, Views by Drake, and A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson. Although the winners aren't announced until the show on February 12th, everybody has their theories on who's going to win! A poll by Variety showed that fans, at least, overwhelmingly predict Lemonade as the clear winner.
Music bloggers are also predicting that Bey will take home "Record of the Year" for Formation, but that Adele will win "Song of the Year" for "Hello". It's far from a sure thing, though, because sales of Adele's 25 have been through the roof, and Drake has been working hard this year too! Unsurprisingly, Beyonce was the most popular musician this year, nabbing a whopping 9 nominations (that is why she's Queen Bey, after all). Rihanna wasn't far behind her with 8, then Drake with 7, and Kanye with 6. Adele had 5 nominations between her two albums, but has also been the recipient of countless music awards internationally. Bey's been dominating the Grammys for nearly two decades, though, so it will be interesting to watch them go toe-to-toe! One big change this year resulted from a rule change: now, streaming music is eligible for nominations.
The president of the Recording Academy issued this statement about it: "We never want to be in position where music that deserves to be in the mix is usurped by some technicality in the process. The evaluation and judgment of our voting members is always about the music and excellence, not at all about sales or marketing or technology." Because of this change, Chance the Rapper got several nominations for his debut (streaming) album, "Coloring Book," delighting his fans.
But what's missing from this year's Grammys? A few omissions have left fans talking. There was no Best Album nomination for David Bowie, who passed away this year, for his 2016 album Blackstar - although it nabbed nominations for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song. In fact, Bowie has only won 2 Grammys over the course of his decades-long career. "Hotline Bling" by Drake was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance, but not for the obvious "Best Video," even after the music video went viral. And worst of all, the album Blonde by fan favorite Frank Ocean did not receive so much as a single nomination.
Frank Ocean is beloved by many, including Kanye West, who announced this year that he would boycott the Grammys if Ocean was not nominated. Only time will tell if he follows through, especially since he got quite a few nominations himself.
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