It has been no secret that the Grammys are skittish around rap music in the top categories, but that could change dramatically this year as hip-hop music had a banner year in the general-field nominations. As of this writing Logic is the frontrunner to win Song of the Year for his suicide-awareness anthem “1-800-273-8255.” He would be the first rap artist ever to claim that prize.
Song of the Year is awarded exclusively to songwriters, and Logic co-wrote “1-800” with the song’s featured artists Alessia Cara and Khalid, as well as Arjun Ivatury and Andrew Taggart. They currently lead our predictions with odds of 8/5, based on support from most of our users, including three Expert journalists who have made their picks: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music), and Adnan Virk (ESPN). They also have support from Gold Derby Editor Marcus James Dixon. And they’re backed by nine of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Grammy winners, and 14 of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions.
Several other rap artists have paved the way with nominations in this category, including Eminem (“Lose Yourself” and “Love the Way You Lie”), Kanye West (“Jesus Walks” and “All of the Lights”), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Same Love”), and Kendrick Lamar (“Alright”), to name a few, but they haven’t won. Lamar was also eligible this year for “Humble,” which was snubbed in this race for its songwriting even though it contends for Record of the Year. But there is another rap artist in contention, Jay-Z (“4:44”), though he’s currently an underdog with 7/1 odds.
Do you agree with our predictions that Logic and company will come out on top in this race? Or will someone else snatch history away from him in this closely divided field?
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