Grammy Awards 2022 Predictions: Who Will Win, Who Should Win Music’s Biggest Awards | The music

Are we all feeling a little more interested in award shows right now?

A week after a memorable night at the Oscars, we’re in store for another big night for the stars. The 64th annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for Sunday, after being postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Before the ceremony, let’s play another round of “who should win” and “who will win” for some of the bigger categories.

record of the year

• Nominated: “I Still Have Faith in You” by ABBA, “Freedom” by Jon Batiste, “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar and “Peaches” by Giveon, “Right on Time”, Doja Cat with “Kiss Me More” by SZA, “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X, “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic.”

• Should win: “Peaches” and “Montero” are so catchy, but it’s not the catchiest song award. And it’s not the most enjoyable song award, which would go to “Leave the Door Open.” The Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga mashup is certainly special, but it looks like a race between Rodrigo and Eilish. As much as “Driver’s License” deserves this ride, I can’t get over the power of “Happier Than Ever.”

• Will win: Rodrigo. Hint: it’s not the last time you’ll see his name here. The teenage star could just follow in Eilish’s footsteps in 2020 and sweep the top four categories.

album of the year

• Nominees: Jon Batiste, “We are”; Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Love for Sale”; Justin Bieber “Justice”; Doja Cat, “Planet Her (Deluxe)”; Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”; SOUND “Back of My Mind”; Lil Nas X, “Montero”; Olivia Rodrigo, “Sour”; Taylor Swift, “Always More”; Kanye West, “DONDA”.

• Should win: I don’t know who should win, because it seems like no one should ever have to choose between Eilish, Rodrigo and Swift. The academy has shown Eilish a lot of love in the past. Swift’s second pandemic album could follow the story of “Folklore,” which won album of the year in 2021. It could also be a nice way to honor Swift by giving the win to her protege, Rodrigo.

• Will win: “Sour” made such a splash that Rodrigo probably has the advantage here.

song of the year

• Nominees: “Bad Habits” written by Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid, Ed Sheeran; “A Beautiful Noise”, written by Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry, Hailey Whitters; “Driver’s License,” Written by Daniel Nigro, Olivia Rodrigo; “Fight for You”, written by D’Mile, HER, Tiara Thomas; “Happier Than Ever,” written by Billie Eilish and Finneas; “Kiss Me More”, written by Rogét Chahayed, Doja Cat, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, SZA, David Specher; “Leave the Door Open” written by Anderson. Paak, Christopher Brody Brown, D’Mile, Bruno Mars; “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”, written by Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Lil Nas X, Roy Lenzo; “Peaches,” written by Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Daniel Caesar, Andrew Wotman, Keavan Yazdani; “Right on Time”, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth.

• Should win: I still need the annual reminder, so I’ll pass it on. Song of the Year is a songwriter’s award, while Record of the Year is about the track in its complete form. There are nine brilliant songwriters listed for “A Beautiful Noise,” which sounds pretty good. But if you’re a songwriting purist, that seems like too many voices behind a single song. Brandi Carlile’s “Right On Time” seems more of a good choice. The full version of “Happier Than Ever” – not the radio edit – is a lyrical dream. So I will dream of seeing Eilish and Finneas on stage for that one.

• Will Win: Rodrigo can’t escape those red lights and stop signs. And we can’t escape the “Driver’s License”, which will probably get the green light for this category.

Best New Artist

• Nominees: Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, Finneas, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid LAROI, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie.

• Should win: Few of these artists are really new. Glass Animals had a hit with “Heat Waves,” but the band has been around since 2010. It’s a similar story with indie rock’s darling Japanese breakfast. Finneas has been seen on the awards show stages for years with his sister. A more recent artist that I would be happy to see recognized is Arooj Aftab, the Pakistani American singer and songwriter. But there just so happens to be a very shining star among these nominees.

• Will win: Again, Rodrigo. She is the definition of what you imagine for the best new artist.

Best Pop Solo Performance

• Nominees: “Anyone” by Justin Bieber; Just on Time by Brandi Carlile; “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish; “Positions,” Ariana Grande; “Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo

• Should Win: It seems to be a toss-up between “Happier Than Ever” and “Drivers License”. If voters are too divided by these members of the royal pop star, we could get a surprise win for Brandi Carlile.

• Will Win: This looks like another golden ticket to the “Driver’s License”.

Best Rock Performance

• Nominated: “Shot In The Dark” by AC/DC; “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)” by Black Pumas; “Nothing Compares to 2 U” by Chris Cornell; “Ohms” from Deftones; “Make a Fire” by Foo Fighters

• Should win: It may be strange to give a Grammy to a cover, but Chris Cornell’s version of the Prince/Sinead O’Connor classic “Nothing Compares 2 U” is just brilliant. The Foo Fighters could also pick up a win here, adding to the group’s 11 career wins.

• Will Win: Nothing quite compares to Cornell coverage.

Best R&B Song

• Nominees: “Damage” by HER; “Good Days” by SZA; “Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon; “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic; “Take Back Your Feelings” by Jazmine Sullivan

• Should win: This should easily go to “Leave the Door Open,” which is the best-known song here and should be honored at some point of the night.

• Will win: “Leave the door open”

best rap song

• Nominated: “Bath Salts” by DMX with Jay-Z and Nas; Saweetie’s “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat; Baby Keem’s “Family Ties” featuring Kendrick Lamar; Kanye West’s “Jail” featuring Jay-Z; “MA . LIFE” by J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray

• Should win: Not Kanye West. Sorry, that’s my mandatory statement as a diehard Swiftie.

• Will Win: Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, “Family Ties”.

Best Country Song

• Nominees: “Better Than We Found It” by Maren Morris; “Film” by Kacey Musgraves; “Cold” by Chris Stapleton; “Country Again” by Thomas Rhett; “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes; “Remember His Name” from “Mickey Guyton”

• Should win: “Camera Roll” was one of my favorite songs of 2021, so I’d love to see Musgraves take home the trophy for this beautifully subtle glimpse into heartbreak. There are more obvious winners, however, considering the popularity of “Fancy Like” and the powerhouse that is Maren Morris.

• Will win: let’s roll with “camera roll”.