2017 Grammy nominations predictions: Adele, Beyonce & Drake will earn 3 nominations each in general field

At the Grammy nominations, which will be announced Tuesday, December 6, we aren’t predicting that any artist will be nominated across all four general field categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. That has only happened 10 times in Grammy history, most recently in 2014 when Sam Smith swept the field. This year we’re not predicting any newcomer to have that level of impact, but we think three past Grammy champs will be nominated in the other three races: Adele, Beyonce and Drake.

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That’s according to our official racetrack odds, which are determined by the predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Grammy nominations, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Grammy noms, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

Not only will Adele be nominated for Album, Record and Song of the Year, she’ll also win all three if our predictions hold true. That would be her second sweep of the general field following her Album (“21”) and Record and Song (“Rolling in the Deep”) victories in 2011. Adele is a 10-time winner to date; she actually hasn’t lost a single Grammy contest since 2009.

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Beyonce has won 20 Grammys in her career, but only one of those victories was in the general field: Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2009. This year she’ll earn her third nomination for Album of the Year for “Lemonade,” her fifth for Record of the Year for “Formation” and her third for Song of the Year for “Formation.” And she’s Adele’s closest threat in all three categories.

Drake only has one Grammy to date out of 27 nominations. He was previously nominated in the general field for Best New Artist (2010) and three times for Album of the Year, but only ever as a featured artist — on Rihanna‘s “Loud” (2011), Kendrick Lamar‘s “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” (2013) and Beyonce’s self-titled album (2014). This year we’re betting on him to get his first Album of the Year bid as a main artist for his bestselling album “Views.” And he and Rihanna are forecast to earn Record and Song of the Year noms for their chart-topping collaboration, “Work.”

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Find out who else we’re betting on below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold. And there’s still time to make or edit your own predictions before the nominations are announced on December 6.

Album of the Year — “25”
Record of the Year — “Hello”
Song of the Year — “Hello”

Album of the Year — “Lemonade”
Record of the Year — “Formation”
Song of the Year — “Formation”

Album of the Year — “Views”
Record of the Year — “Work” (with Rihanna)
Song of the Year — “Work” (with Rihanna)

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Record of the Year — “Sorry”
Song of the Year — “Sorry”

Record of the Year — “Work” (with Drake)
Song of the Year — “Work” (with Drake)

Record of the Year — “Cheap Thrills” (with Sean Paul)
Song of the Year — “Cheap Thrills”

Best New Artist

Best New Artist

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Best New Artist

Best New Artist

Album of the Year — “Dangerous Woman”

Best New Artist

Album of the Year — “A Moon Shaped Pool”

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