Grammy Awards predictions: Winners (and spoilers) in top 24 races

Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, and newcomer Sam Smith lead this year’s Grammy Awards with six nominations each. All three contend for Album of the Year, along with Beck (“Morning Phase“) and Ed Sheeran (“X“). Which artist will win top honors when these top musical honors are handed out on Sunday, Feb. 8?

Below, our forecasts in the top two dozen categories, ranked in order of their racetrack odds. (Click on each genre title for an overview or each category title for an in-depth look at that race):

GENERAL FIELD

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beyonce,” Beyonce – 8/11
“In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith – 10/3
Morning Phase,” Beck – 6/1
X,” Ed Sheeran – 33/1
“GIRL,” Pharrell Williams – 100/1

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith – 8/15
“Chandelier,” Sia – 13/5
“Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift – 25/1
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – 50/1
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor – 100/1

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith – 4/11
“Chandelier,” Sia – 15/2
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier – 8/1
“Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift – 33/1
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor – 100/1

BEST NEW ARTIST
Sam Smith – 1/10
Bastille – 20/1
Iggy Azalea – 33/1
Haim – 50/1
Brandy Clark – 100/1

POP

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith – 4/11
“Chandelier,” Sia – 9/2
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams – 25/1
“All of Me,” John Legend – 33/1
“Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift – 50/1

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – 5/6
“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay – 10/3
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – 6/1
“Bang Bang, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj – 20/1
“Say Something,” A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera – 25/1

BEST POP ALBUM
“In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith – 2/11
“X,” Ed Sheeran – 14/1
“Prism,” Katy Perry – 50/1
“Ghost Stories,” Coldplay – 50/1
“My Everything,” Ariana Grande – 100/1
“Bangerz,” Miley Cyrus – 100/1

BEST TRADITIONAL POP ALBUM
“Cheek to Cheek,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 2/5
“Partners,” Barbra Streisand – 10/3
“Nostalgia,” Annie Lennox – 50/1
“Night Songs,” Barry Manilow – 100/1
“Sending You a Little Christmas,” Johnny Mathis – 100/1

COUNTRY

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood – 2/3
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert – 3/1
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church – 8/1
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes – 33/1
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban – 100/1

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – 1/4
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town – 12/1
“Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry – 16/1
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – 25/1
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban and Eric Church – 100/1

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
“Platinum,” Miranda Lambert – 2/13
“The Outsiders,” Eric Church – 14/1
“12 Stories,” Brandy Clark – 50/1
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley – 50/1
“The Way I’m Livin’,” Lee Ann Womack – 100/1

R&B

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“Drunk in Love,” Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – 1/10
“Good Kisser,” Usher – 33/1
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly – 50/1
“New Flame,” Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – 100/1
“Like This,” Ledisi – 100/1

BEST R&B ALBUM
“Love, Marriage, and Divorce” – Tony Braxton and Babyface – 1/5
“Black Radio 2,” Robert Glasper Experiment – 12/1
“Lift Your Spirit,” Aloe Blacc – 16/1
“Give the People What They Want,” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 50/1
“Islander,” Bernhoft – 100/1

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
“Beyonce,” Beyonce – 1/10
“GIRL,” Pharrell Williams – 20/1
“Sail Out,” Jhene Aiko – 50/1
“X,” Chris Brown – 50/1
“Mali Is,” Mali Music – 100/1

RAP

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Rap God,” Eminem – 1/4
“I,” Kendrick Lamar – 11/2
“0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” Drake – 33/1
“3005,” Childish Gambino – 50/1
“All I Need is You,” Lecrae – 100/1

BEST RAP ALBUM
“The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Eminem – 2/9
“The New Classic,” Iggy Azalea – 12/1
“Because the Internet,” Childish Gambino – 25/1
“Nobody’s Smiling,” Common – 25/1
“Blacc Hollywood,” Wiz Khalifa – 100/1
“Oxymoron,” Schoolboy Q – 10/1

ROCK

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Fever,” Black Keys – 2/5
“Blue Moon,” Beck – 11/2
“Lazaretto,” Jack White – 12/1
“Do I Wanna Know,” Arctic Monkeys – 20/1
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams – 100/1

BEST ROCK ALBUM
“Morning Phase,” Beck – 3/10
“Turn Blue,” Black Keys – 9/2
“Songs of Innocence,” U2 – 33/1
“Hypnotic Eye,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – 50/1
“Ryan Adams,” Ryan Adams – 100/1

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
“Lazaretto,” Jack White – 1/4
“Reflektor,” Arcade Fire – 9/1
“St. Vincent,” St. Vincent – 14/1
“This is All Yours,” Alt-J – 50/1
“Melophobia,” Cage the Elephant – 100/1

COMEDY & SPOKEN WORD 

BEST COMEDY ALBUM
“Mandatory Fun,” Weird Al Yankovic – 1/5
“We Are Miracles,” Sarah Silverman – 12/1
“Oh My God,” Louis C.K. – 20/1
“Obsessed,” Jim Gaffigan – 50/1
“Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time,” Patton Oswalt – 100/1

BEST SPOKEN-WORD ALBUM
“Diary of a Mad Diva,” Joan Rivers – 1/10
“A Call to Action,” Jimmy Carter – 33/1
“Actors Anonymous,” James Franco – 50/1
“Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America,” John Waters – 50/1
“We Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor – 100/1
“A Fighting Chance,” Elizabeth Warren – 100/1

MUSICAL THEATRE/VISUAL COMPILATION/MUSIC VIDEO

BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” – 2/9
“West Side Story” – 10/1
“Beautiful” – 20/1
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurdeR” – 50/1
“Aladdin” – 50/1

BEST VISUAL MEDIA COMPILATION
“Frozen” – 1/10
“Guardians of the Galaxy” – 16/1
“Get On Up” – 50/1
“American Hustle” – 50/1
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – 100/1

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“Chandelier,” Sia – 1/10
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams – 25/1
“We Exist,” Arcade Fire – 50/1
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon – 50/1
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid feat. Max Richter – 100/1

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