4 Bold Grammy Predictions Ahead Of The Big Show
Music's biggest night is just days away which means it is prediction time!
There were lots of surprises on nomination morning but the dust has settled and it is time to figure out who will come out a winner. (I was definitely off the mark on the nominations, by the way!)
One of the big bummers of the nomination list was the lack of country artists in the major categories! Many were predicting one or two major artists (Miranda! Chris!) to break through but unfortunately, that was not the case.
The good news is the four country categories are filled with our favorite stars. Here's who I think will take home some Grammy gold this weekend.
Sam Hunt, Body Like A Back Road
Alison Krauss, Losing You
Miranda Lambert, Tin Man
Maren Morris, I Could Use A Love Song
Chris Stapleton, Either Way
Hunt had the most popular song of the year and broke a few records along the way. Krauss was a big surprise so she's probably just excited to be nominated. Stapleton is a critic favorite and Morris just scored her first #1. She could also be riding the momentum from her Grammy win last year but I give the edge to Lambert. It's the biggest standout on her phenomenal double album, which they failed to nominate in any category this year. This would be a nice consolation prize.
Brothers Osborne, It Ain't My Fault
Zac Brown Band, My Old Man
Lady Antebellum, You Look Good
Little Big Town, Better Man
Midland, Drinkin' Problem
Critics were mixed on Lady A's comeback single and it seems like Zac Brown Band's nostalgic tune, while great, has dropped off the radar. The industry seems to love Brothers Osborne but if they couldn't snag the Grammy for "Stay A Little Longer" it is unlikely they'll take it here. Questions of Midland's authenticity may hurt them. Aside from all of that, Little Big Town would probably still take this one. It's on their also-nominated album and a great follow-up to a song that's hard to follow up (hello Girl Crush). We have a band crush. Hmmm, maybe they will bring their Grammy to Duluth!
Taylor Swift, Better Man
Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell & Josh Osborne, Stay A Little Longer
Chris Stapleton & Mike Henderson, Broken Halos
Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, Drinkin' Problem
Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Jon Randall, Tin Man
Two words: Taylor Swift. The sting of her leaving the country genre for pop is still fresh years later, simply because she was so great with a tune. Although she's known more now for her personal life than her talent (which is a bummer) you can't deny she has a way with words. Writing one of the biggest country songs of the year is no easy feat, especially when you don't sing it anymore.
Kenny Chesney, Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum, Heart Break
Little Big Town, The Breaker
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
There were a few people scratching their heads when nominations for this category were announced. Reviews were mixed for Lady A's latest release and Chesney seems like the odd man out here. Rhett's album didn't really live up to his last. This seems like a showdown between Little Big Town & Stapleton but when all is said and done, this is his to lose.