The 2017 Grammy Awards are in our rearview mirror and below we take a look at how our expert projections before the event translated into winning Grammy bets after the ballots were counted.
Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper took home the hardware as music's Best New Artist and we had to lay the lumber that the betting odds makers were demanding. Although it was tough to stomach laying 4-5 in a category that also included The Chain Smokers at 5-2, Marren Morris at 7-1, Anderson Pak at 22-1, and cutesy country gal Kelsea Ballerini at 22-1, the choice was clear and sometimes you've got to swallow hard, lay it and like it. We did all three and cashed a ticket.
Song of the Year
The Grammy odds in this category were heavily stacked in Adele's favor at 3/10 with her haunting love song "Hello" and even Queen Bee herself was a distant second at 4-1 with her soulful Formation lurking as the second choice. Though Beyonce would cop best video of the year for Formation it was just an also-ran in the judge's eyes as "Hello" never seemed to be in doubt as top song of the year.
Perhaps all one would have to do is look at the Youtube hits and it was clear that the 1.8 billion clicks for Hello dwarfed the "mere" 22 million hits for Beyonce's video. Unfortunately for those tailing our betting picks, we came up short with the longshot Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" at 20-1. Hoping that the judges would split their votes between the alpha females of the group, we thought Posner's pop smash would be able to sneak in and cash. We were wrong as Adele claimed one of her many Grammy's on the evening.
Album of the Year
This proved to be a minor upset, though to witness Adele's onstage reaction and her gracious acceptance speech which practically had her handing the award to Beyonce, it was monumental in her eyes. Beyonce's "Lemonade" was the prohibitive 4-6 favorite with Adele's "Hello" album trailing closely behind at 6-4. The others nominees were simply there for window dressing as Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" at 14-1, "Purpose" by Justin Bieber at 14-1 and Drake's "Views" at 20-1 never had a shot at rivaling the supreme divas of music.
And so it was that we referred back to those 1.8 billion Youtube hits and thought we were getting fairly good value for a mild upset by Adele and decided that a 6-4 return was good enough for us. Particularly when we would have bet on her straight up against Beyonce's eponymous "Lemonade" that had the music world buzzing that this was a wink and a nod towards husband Jay Z's side squeeze "Becky". However, many believe Lemonade was simply a freshly squeezed promotional gimmick to drive sales through the roof. Whatever it was, it proved to be second best to Adele's newly minted Grammy-winning album "Hello".