This year’s live Grammy Awards ceremony on Monday offered few surprises. But the ones that did happen were doozies. Do you agree with our six choices as the most shocking upsets of the 2016 ceremony?
1. Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
While this was one of the biggest upsets of the night, it’s one we should have seen coming. Trainor was in third place in our predictions center with 4/1 odds of winning. She was behind James Bay (13/10 odds) and Sam Hunt (14/5 odds) in this race. But in hindsight, we should have considered that she would be a likely winner considering her nominations in Record and Song of the Year last year for “All About That Bass.”
2. Song of the Year: “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)
Sheeran was only in second place with odds of 17/10 in our predictions center, so it may not seem like that big an upset. But despite many chances over the past four years, Sheeran had never won a Grammy before Monday. It also cannot be overlooked that many of us thought Taylor Swift (“Blank Space”) was going to have a huge sweep tonight including this category. She had first place odds at 11/8 of prevailing. But even though she didn’t win, at least she was ecstatic for Sheeran.
3. Traditional Pop Album: “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” (Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap)
We should make this a new adage for the Grammys: never bet against Tony Bennett! His collaboration with Charlap was ranked second in our predictions center with their odds of winning at 5/4. Our predicted winner was another Grammy veteran — Bob Dylan for “Shadows in the Night” which had its odds of winning at 11/10.
4. Pop Solo Performance: “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran)
Much like what happened in Song of the Year, we thought this was going to be a part of a Swift sweep. She had 1/2 odds of winning for “Blank Space” while Sheeran wasn’t far behind with 4/1 odds of winning.
5. Rock Album: “Drones” (Muse)
Muse may have won this category in 2010 for “The Resistance,” but our predictions center had James Bay easily winning this for “Chaos and the Calm.” His odds were at 21/20 while Muse had their odds at 7/5.
6. Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (Various Artists)
The soundtrack from “Empire” seemed like a sure thing in this category. The original music for the Fox drama has been a standout for the past year, and that gave it 8/11 odds of prevailng. But with its focus on a musical legend who can no longer perform, the documentary soundtrack about Campbell’s last tour turned out to be the champ anyway despite odds of 10/3.
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Photo Credits: Meghan Trainor by Jim Smeal/REX Shutterstock; Ed Sheeran by Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock.