February 12, 2017
MY PREDICTIONS FOR GRAMMY AWARDS "RECORD OF THE YEAR"
RECORD OF THE YEAR
7 YEARS (LUKAS GRAHAM)
WORK (RIHANNA & DRAKE)
STRESSED OUT (21 PILOTS)
Unlike Song of the Year, Record of the Year, which is a production award (it goes to producer, artist, and engineer), doesn’t have quite the same track record in that just because songs are nominated for both Song and Record doesn’t mean they stand a better chance in this category. Last year, “Uptown Funk” won Record of the Year and it wasn’t nominated for Song of the Year. So, does that mean Rihanna’s “Work” and 21 Pilots’ “Stressed Out” stand a shot? Probably not. Hello! We’re talking yet another stiff competition between Queen A and Queen Bey! (It should be noted, that just because this year is a battle of these two queens doesn't mean that they aren't still each other's biggest fan! They are friends and have been very vocal in the press and on social media as to the extent of their kinship.)
See above for rationale that Adele’s “Hello” could prevail here. However, Beyoncé’s tour de force “Formation” should be the one that wins in this category (I am, of course, going to let the courts decide the $20 million lawsuit that Bey's been slapped with recently alleging she sampled an unlicensed song in "Formation). Anywho. Besides that little hiccup, the problem with "Formation"is that it’s the least successful single as far as sales of this entire pack. However, it’s a song that Record of the Year was made to celebrate.
I hope Academy voters have enough edge to make this the winner in this category. My fear is that they’ll go for the safe bet – the sales and radio darling – Adele’s “Hello.” (Wouldn’t it be interesting if voters were too "stressed out," too over-"work" and just couldn't choose between Queen A and Queen Bey so decided Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” was old enough to win?!)
Will Win: “Hello”
Should Win: “Formation”
Upset: “7 Years”