Even as Beyonce surges in the Grammy race — she picked up nine nominations and is now the frontrunner to win Album of the Year for “Lemonade” — Adele maintains a stronghold in the race for Record of the Year according to the latest buzz from our forum posters. Her song “Hello,” the lead single off her latest blockbuster album “25,” is the safe bet. In fact, the prevailing wisdom is that she “takes this in a landslide.”
Indeed, we’re giving “Hello” leading 1/2 odds of winning Record of the Year, though Beyonce’s “Formation” is still a formidable opponent, ranked second with 9/2 odds. The remaining nominees — “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots, “Work” by Rihanna and Drake, and “7 Years” by Lukas Graham — are all 7/1 underdogs.
Do you agree with our posters? Read some of their comments below, and make sure to join the discussion in our forums.
PoweR: “I really think Adele has it because her song fits the mold, [its producer] Greg Kurstin is nominated for Producer of the Year (the only producer nominated for Record of the Year and Producer of the Year) and [engineer] Tom Elmhirst has won ROTY multiple times. ‘Hello’ is safest yet deserving choice here.”
King Loso: “I can’t see any song other than ‘Hello’ winning here. It’s tailor-made for this category. And I simply do not buy into the ‘Formation’ hype. We know the track record that Urban music has in this category. It just doesn’t fit the mold, same goes for ‘Work.’ ‘Stressed Out’ is gravely overrated IMO. ‘7 Years’ is extremely unique the first time couple of times you hear it, but it becomes grating very fast. Adele takes this in a landslide.”
Felicia: “Record of the Year is Adele’s for the taking. This is her strongest lock in the general category. Song of the Year will go to ‘7 Years.'”
Davebube: “‘Hello’ deserves both ROTY and SOTY. Honestly. This award is hers to lose.”
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