Beyonce is the most nominated artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards with nine bids, and she’ll also be the biggest winner. That’s according to our official odds, which are derived from the predictions of music Experts, Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Grammy winners, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Grammy results, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
Beyonce is forecast to win five awards including Album of the Year for “Lemonade.” It would be the first victory in the top category for Beyonce, and if she does indeed win all five categories we’re forecasting, that will bring her career total to 25 victories, tie her with classical composer Vladimir Horowitz as the fifth most awarded artist in history. If she somehow manages to win all nine, her total will be 29, which would place her second on the all-time Grammy winners list, right behind record-holding conductor Georg Solti with a whopping 31 wins.
Adele will be next in line with four victories out of her five nominations, including Record and Song of the Year for her mega-hit single “Hello.” The only category she’s forecast to lose is Album of the Year to Beyonce, but don’t feel too bad — Adele won that award five years ago for “21.”
Though the late, great David Bowie isn’t nominated in the general field, he does have four nominations for his final album “Blackstar.” We’re predicting three of those categories, and he’s the frontrunner in all of them: Rock Performance, Rock Song and Alternative Album. Additionally, he could win Best Engineered Album, which is not in our predictions center.
Rap stars Chance the Rapper and Drake earned a combined 15 nominations and they’ll take two awards apiece. Chance is favored for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance (“No Problem”), while Drake is tipped to win Best Rap Album (“Views”) and Best Rap Song (“Hotline Bling”).
R&B singer Rihanna has eight nominations, and we’re predicting her twice, for Best R&B Performance (“Needed Me”) and Best R&B Song (“Kiss it Better”), categories where she benefits from the surprise absence of Beyonce. Rihanna also competes in one category we’re not predicting: Best Recording Package for “Anti (Deluxe Edition).”
Find out who else we’re betting on below. And there’s still time to make or edit your own predictions before the winners are announced on February 12.
Album of the Year — “Lemonade”
Best Urban Contemporary Album — “Lemonade”
Best Rap/Sung Performance — “Freedom”
Best Music Film — “Lemonade”
Best Music Video — “Formation”
Record of the Year — “Hello”
Song of the Year — “Hello”
Best Pop Solo — “Hello”
Best Pop Album — “25”
Best Rock Performance — “Blackstar”
Best Rock Song — “Blackstar”
Best Alternative Album — “Blackstar”
CHANCE THE RAPPER
Best New Artist
Best Rap Performance — “No Problem”
Best Rap Song — “Hotline Bling”
Best Rap Album — “Views”
Best Country Solo — “My Church”
Best Country Song — “My Church”
Best R&B Performance — “Needed Me”
Best R&B Song — “Kiss it Better”
BJ THE CHICAGO KID
Best R&B Album — “In My Mind”
Best Spoken Word Album — “In Such Good Company”
Best Pop Duo/Group — “7 Years”
Best Visual Media Score — “The Hateful Eight”
PENTATONIX & DOLLY PARTON
Best Country Duo/Group — “Jolene”
Best Comedy Album — “Live at the Apollo”
Best Country Album — “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”
Best Traditional Pop Album — “Encore”
Best Visual Media Song — “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
Best Rock Album — “Weezer”
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