The smell of glamour and prestige fill the air, exclusive designer gowns prance the red carpet, savage opinions and commentary tyrannize Twitter feeds, paparazzi scour the area for Hollywood’s biggest star-studded blunders and jaw-dropping coupled appearances, celebrity charlatans exchange hugs, kisses, smiles from across the room as they await their grand moment on center stage…
The. Grammys. Are. Here.
After months of witnessing superstar vets dominate concerts, stalking new artists as they rise up on billboard charts, and listening to catchy songs commandeer mainstream radio, we can already ruminate the songs, artists and albums that will be going home with a trophy, or two, or three-- and the ones that will plaster on smiles as they venomously applaud from their seats.
This year’s show is going to be especially great because:
1. James Corden is hosting (and that means on-stage karaoke)
2. A pregnant Beyonce is performing (and if you think that will at all affect her ability to deliver a fierce performance, let me redirect you to the 2015 VMAs
3. Those who get to recite their thank you speeches will mostly likely sound off on Trump and his entire presidency during the process (and let’s be real… who gets tired of hearing that?)
Aside from my own predictions, other individuals have been sizing the categories and declaring their picks ever since the nominations were first announced. Thanks to our pop culture gurus and music pundits on Winq, here are the top 5 opinions as told by millennials:
The award for ALBUM OF THE YEAR should go to Lemonade.
With its fierce message of infidelity and empowerment, this album is not just a collection of songs-- it's art. No other album has captured raw emotion and spirit the way Beyonce has through Lemonade.
The award for BEST NEW ARTIST should go to Chance.
The award for MOST LIKELY TO BE AT THE GRAMMYS AFTER THREATENING NOT TO GO should go to Justin Bieber.
Against top contenders like Kanye and Drake, the people have spoken... Bieber will still be at the Grammys even though he apparently says he won't.
The award for BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE should go to Chainsmokers ft Halsey for Closer.
Personally, I'm still hoping to see Rihanna's hit single “Work” go home with this award, which mind you, spent about as long at #1 on the charts as Adele's “Hello," but due to the sheer volume of critics who confused Rihanna's raw, unfiltered creole for "gibberish," she may just get snubbed.
The award for BEST PERFORMANCE RECENTLY ADDED TO GRAMMY ROSTER should go to Katy Perry.
The Grammys are setting up to be a star-studded evening with highly anticipated performances from Queen Bey and John Legend. And now, we have learned of two new artists set to take center stage and enhance the hype of Sunday's award show. Between Katy Perry and a Lady Gaga/Metallica duet, the polls favored Katy Perry.
Though aside from the unknown, what we do know for certain is that Beyoncé leads this year's list with nine nominations for her visual album Lemonade. She will face off against Adele in key categories (i.e. Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year). Along with Drake and Rihanna who will follow close behind with eight nominations each. Chance the Rapper made Grammy history with seven nominations (five of them for Coloring Book, his stream-only mixtape).
Stay tuned to see if these predictions actually hold up when the winners are announced at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.