We predicted 30 categories for Monday night’s Grammy Awards, and one Gold Derby user out of more than 1,200 stood alone with the very best score: our very own contributor Charles Bright. He scored 90%, which means he correctly forecast 27 out of 30 categories. The only three he missed were Best New Artist (He picked Sam Hunt over eventual champ Meghan Trainor) and Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (in both cases predicting Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” over Ed Sheeran‘s winning “Thinking Out Loud“).
Watch my post-Grammys slugfest with Bright above, or click here. We discuss how we both missed the boat on Best New Artist, underestimating Trainor even though solo female artists usually have an advantage in that race. We also discuss Swift’s historic Album of the Year victory for “1989” (she’s the first woman to win twice for her own album) and whether that could be good news for Adele in next year’s Grammy contest for “25.”
And now that Kendrick Lamar has lost the top prize yet again (he was also nominated for Album of the Year in 2013 for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City“), does he have a Grammy IOU he can cash in for his next album? Other acclaimed hip-hop artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West have racked up dozens of wins but have been snubbed every time they competed in the general field, which almost always favors adult-contemporary music over rap, but Lamar could be just the artist to overcome the recording academy’s biases.