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On November 24, the Grammys announced its nominees for its 63rd ceremony. On March 14, CBS will air the ceremony at 8 p.m. ET. Ahead of then, critics have started to pick which Grammy nominees they expect to win. Here are some critical predictions for who will win at the 2021 Grammys.
Record of the Year
After Beyoncé’s album Lemonade didn’t get any Grammy wins in major categories in 2017 (a move widely considered a snub), critics expect that the Grammys will most likely award Beyoncé this year. The queen of pop leads this year’s nominations, with nominations in nine categories.
Beyoncé has two worthy Record of the Year contenders: her bodacious “Savage Remix” with Megan Thee Stallion and her proud song “Black Parade.” Critics say that “Black Parade” may win Record of the Year for its good production and celebration of Black culture. On the other hand, many people, not just critics, love the “Savage Remix.”
However, if Beyoncé doesn’t win Record of the Year with “Black Parade” or her feature on “Savage,” it’s possible that either Dua Lipa’s catchy song “Don’t Start Now” or Billie Eilish’s melancholy “Everything I Wanted” could win. Both singers are possible frontrunners due to Lipa’s multiple nominations this year and Eilish’s sweep of the 2020 awards.
Song of the Year
Critics believe that Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” and H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” both have a good chance of winning Song of the Year. Ultimately, though, the consensus is that “Black Parade” will most likely take the cake. Both songs are the artists’ commentaries on racial issues, and it’s likely that songs addressing Black pride or racism will win in this category. In that vein, two years ago, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” won Song of the Year.
Album of the Year
Many people are predicting that Taylor Swift will win Album of the Year with her 2020 album folklore. Dua Lipa’s catchy album Future Nostalgia was popular, and critics think it could win if folklore doesn’t, but critics and fans love folklore.
Swift’s surprise quarantine album was not country-pop nor did it feature her signature autobiographical lyrics. Instead, she took a folkier route and it was well-received. So many people loved the album, in fact, that Swift released a sister record, Evermore, only four months later.
Best New Artist
In critics’ eyes, Megan Thee Stallion has a great shot at winning Best New Artist. On her Suga EP, she linked up with another popular Houston native, Beyoncé, for the aforementioned and beloved “Savage Remix.” Megan also garnered a lot of attention last year for her feature on Cardi B’s “WAP.” Additionally, she is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Performance, which are two categories she also might win.
If Megan doesn’t win Best New Artist, then Phoebe Bridgers may be a frontrunner. Bridgers has received extensive critical acclaim and fan adoration for her 2020 sophomore album Punisher, further garnering attention in 2021 with her SNL performance. Bridgers is also nominated for other categories such as Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance.
Who do you think will win at the 2021 Grammys? Share your predictions in the comments!