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Predicting the GRAMMYs: Addison’s Take on This Year’s Awards


   Imagine spilling your “GUTS” to the entire world. That is what Olivia Rodrigo and other artists have done this year to earn GRAMMY nominations.

   This year’s Record of the Year nominees are: “Worship” by Jon Batiste, “Not Strong Enough” by boygenius, “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus, “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish, “On My Mama” by Victoria Monét, “vampire” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift and “Kill Bill” by SZA. According to Spotify, the most streamed of these songs is “Flowers” with 1.7 billion streams. Regardless, I think “What Was I Made For?” will win Record of the Year because of its popularity, beautifully written lyrics and emotional impact.

   The nominees for Song of The Year are: “A&W” by Lana Del Rey, “Anti-Hero,” “Butterfly” by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson, “Dance the Night” by Dua Lipa, “Flowers,” “Kill Bill,” “Vampire,” and “What Was I Made For?” While I think “What Was I Made For?” will win Record of the Year, I believe “Anti-Hero” will win Song of The Year due to the fact that it broke the record for most opening-day streams of Spotify and that it was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

   The Album of the Year nominees this year are: “World Music Radio” by Jon Batiste, “the record” by boygenius, “Endless Summer Vacation” by Miley Cyrus, “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” by Lana Del Rey, “The Age of Pleasure” by Janelle Monáe, “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Midnights” by Taylor Swift and “SOS” by SZA. While my personal favorite is “GUTS”, I think that either “SOS” or “Midnights” will win. SZA’s “SOS” is a collection of songs about the ups and downs of love, and Swift’s “Midnights” is a compilation of her deepest midnight reflections.

  This year, the GRAMMYs feature three brand new categories: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording. According to Academy, who manage and produce the GRAMMYs, Chief Executive Officer Harvey Mason Jr., the academy has added these categories as part of their goal to make the Grammys “more fair, transparent and accurate.” The ceremony will also feature performances by Travis Scott, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Luke Combs, Burna Boy and Billie Eilish. The 2024 GRAMMY awards air live on Feb. 4 from arena in Los Angeles.

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