Gold Derby’s founder Tom O’Neil was the best Expert with 66% correct on his 2013 Grammy Awards predictions. Eight music and entertainment journalists took part in this year’s contest.
Next up was Edna Gundersen (USA Today) with 58%, and then Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music) at 46%, and Nekesa Moody (Associated Press) with 38%. Phil Gallo (Billboard) had 53% correct, but he only completed 23 of 35 categories.
The eight “Experts” fared poorly when predicting three of the top four races: Album, Record and Song of the Year. Only one foresaw Daft Punk’s victory for best album (Lyndsey Parker) and only one (Nekesa Moody) picked the French dance duo to bag best record. Two pundits correctly nailed best song: Edna Gundersen and Lyndsey Parker. However, seven of the eight pundits fared well predicting the winner of Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Among the more difficult yet impressive picks by O’Neil were: Lorde (Pop Solo Performance), Imagine Dragons (Rock Performance), Vampire Weekend (Alternative Music Album), Michael Buble (Traditional Pop Album), and Kathy Griffin (Comedy Album).
Compared with all predictions, the Gold Derby Editors were best at 60%. Our Experts and website Users were tied with a collective 55% each.
For the Experts, the perfect categories were Musical Theater Album, Traditional Pop Album, Visual Media Song, Alternative Music Album, Rock Song, and Metal Performance. The worst predictions with none correct were R&B Performance, Country Duo/Group, Rock Album, and Country Album.