If experts’ predictions are correct, Sunday’s Grammy Awards will turn into a diva battle that results in Beyonce defeating Adele in one top category (Album of the Year) while Adele wreaks revenge in two other major contests: Record and Song of the Year.
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Beyonce has the best odds (4/9) to finally win best album for the first time. After two past defeats (“I Am … Sasha Fierce” in 2010, “Beyonce” in 2015), “Lemonade” is the frontrunner, according to experts’ picks at Gold Derby.
Adele ranks a close second in that race with 3/1 odds for “25.” She won five years ago for “21” and now, If she prevails again, she’ll become the second woman to claim that top category twice as a main album artist. The first was Taylor Swift, who triumphed last year for “1989” after previously winning for “Fearless” in 2010 when she defeated – that’s right — Beyonce.
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Seven Experts pick Beyonce’s “Lemonade”: Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) plus veteran music journalists Chris Willman and Edna Gundersen. Two experts back Adele’s “25”: Glenn Gamboa (Newsday) and Joyce Eng (TV Guide). See how the experts rank nominees according to likelihood of winning.
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The experts pick Beyonce to win four additional categories out of her total of nine nominations: Best Urban Contemporary Album (1/10 odds for “Lemonade”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (1/10 odds for “Freedom”), Best Video (1/10 odds for “Beyonce”) and Best Music Film (1/5 odds for “Lemonade”). If Beyonce snags all five, that will bring her career total to 25, which will tie her with classical pianist and composer Vladimir Horowitz as the fifth biggest winner in Grammy history. Only one female music star has won more: country thrush Alison Krauss (27). Symphony conductor Georg Solti is the all-time champ with 31.
Adele’s “Hello” is favored to win Record of the Year (1/5) and Song of the Year (4/11) over Beyonce’s “Formation.” Below are the experts’ odds in the top four Grammy categories. See more.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Lemonade,” Beyonce — 4/9
“25,” Adele — 3/1
“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” Sturgill Simpson — 50/1
“Views,” Drake — 50/1
“Purpose,” Justin Bieber — 66/1
RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Hello,” Adele — 1/5
“Formation,” Beyonce — 15/2
“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots — 50/1
“Work,” Rihanna feat. Drake — 50/1
“7 Years,” Lukas Graham — 66/1
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Hello,” Adele — 1/4
“Formation,” Beyonce — 13/2
“Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber — 33/1
“7 Years,” Lukas Graham — 40/1
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” Mike Posner — 66/1
BEST NEW ARTIST
Chance the Rapper — 10/9
The Chainsmokers — 9/5
Maren Morris — 6/1
Kelsea Ballerini — 50/1
Anderson Paak — 66/1
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