2016 Grammy Picks: Selecting Winners On All Major Categories

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 6:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 6:22 PM UTC

Wagering on events is not confined only to sports, which is why we will take a look at the Grammy odds and determine winners in the major categories on February 15th.

Record of the Year

  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars (-275)
  • Blank Space – Taylor Swift (+400)
  • Can’t Feel My Face - The Weekend (+550)
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (+800)
  • Really Love – D’Angelo and the Vanguard

If it was up to me, Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” would get the nod in this category, but something tells me that won’t be the case as they weren’t even nominated. I am not holding out for a grassroots write-in campaign, so with that, we must turn our attention to the song that harkened back to the playful and feel-good R&B era of the late 70’s and 80’s. I speak of the ubiquitous 2015 smash hit Uptown Funk. Unless you lived under a rock, you couldn’t help but hear Mark Ronson’s booming old school bass guitar back-boning Bruno Mars’ vocals channeling Earth, Wind and Fire, The Gap Band and a pinch of Prince thrown in for good measure. While I am not fond of laying the lumber in my Grammy picks, I can’t help but choose this funky requiem to a time when R&B ruled the charts.

Grammy Pick: Uptown Funk -275
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Album of the Year

  • 1989 – Taylor Swift (-333)
  • To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar (+250)
  • Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weekend (+600)
  • Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes (+2000)
  • Traveller – Chris Stapleton (+2000)

This is Taylor Swift’s award to lose but with Grammy odds north of -300 I am looking elsewhere. The most likely candidate to upset Ms. Thang is Lamar’s critically acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The Compton native would be the cool choice as opposed to the poppy princess who already has a treasure trove of hardware. I say the voters give a little love to hip-hop and make Kendrick Lamar’s song stylings the Album of the Year.

Grammy Pick: To Pimp a Butterfly +250
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Song of the Year

  • Blank Space – Taylor Swift (-137)
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (+170)
  • See You Again – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth(+650)
  • Alright – Kendrick Lamar (+1000)
  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town (+2000)

We are talking the song here, people, not the recording, which is supposed to honor the substance and emotion of the piece, but oftentimes a less than stellar entry gets the nod because it sounded so good by the artist and producer who crafted it. Thus, overlap from Record of the Year and Song of the Year is not uncommon. This is a two-horse race between Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, so don’t waste your hard earned dinero on the other three. I believe this to be a coin flip so instead of laying the juice, I will gladly take it.

Grammy Pick: Thinking Out Loud +170 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


Best New Artist

  • Meghan Trainor -150
  • James Bay +275
  • Sam Hunt +450
  • Courtney Barnett +1000
  • Tori Kelly +1400

I am staying far away from the chalk in this field as Meghan Trainor’s debut hit came out in 2014, but she wasn’t eligible as Best New Artist until 2015. That song has come and gone, which means people are no longer as dewy-eyed about the tribute to curvier chicks with a little more junk in the trunk. This is a category that I believe will be captured by a rising country music star in Sam Hunt. The former college football player had written a series of hits for superstars Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire before striking out on his own. At 30-years-old he’s no fresh faced kid, but he has plenty of industry juice to take home the hardware.

Grammy Pick: Sam Hunt +450
Best Line Offered: at Coral

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