Here’s a look at some of the bigger categories and who might take home the trophy.
Record of the Year
THE NOMINEES: “Really Love” by D’Angelo and The Vanguard; “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars; “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran; “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift; “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
WHO SHOULD WIN? D’Angelo’s comeback album seems like an afterthought nowadays, but “Really Love” was just one of many great songs from “Black Messiah.”
WHO WILL WIN? Taylor Swift will probably take this home because the song has been everywhere. It wouldn’t surprise me if “Uptown Funk” got this Grammy, though.
Album of the Year
THE NOMINEES: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes; “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar; “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton; “1989” by Taylor Swift; “Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd
WHO SHOULD WIN/WILL WIN? If the Grammys want to right the wrongs of other awards shows (read: the Oscars), then it will give this one to Kendrick Lamar, and he definitely deserves it. “To Pimp A Butterfly” is a challenging and brutally honest document of modern times.
Song of the Year
THE NOMINEES: “Alright” from Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”; “Blank Space” from Taylor Swift’s “1989”; “Girl Crush” from Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer”; “See You Again” from “Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”; “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran’s “X”
WHO SHOULD WIN? Kendrick Lamar’s anthem “Alright” is an optimistic and intelligent song.
WHO WILL WIN? Sadly, this race usually isn’t about intelligence. Not to say Taylor Swift isn’t, but “Blank Space” will probably take this one home because of being clever or something. Start rolling your eyes now.
Best New Artist
THE NOMINEES: Courtney Barnett; James Bay; Sam Hunt; Tori Kelly; Meghan Trainor
WHO SHOULD WIN? Courtney Barnett put a little life in the alt-rock scene with her debut “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.”
WHO WILL WIN? Meghan Trainor, the voice behind the annoyingly awful “All About That Bass,” gets this one.
Best Dance/Electronic Album
THE NOMINEES: “Our Love” by Caribou; “Born In The Echoes” by The Chemical Brothers; “Caracal” by Disclosure; “In Colour” by Jamie XX; “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü” by Skrillex and Diplo
WHO SHOULD WIN? The Chemical Brothers, who released one of its strongest albums two decades into its career.
WHO WILL WIN? Skrillex and Diplo are Grammy darlings. So is Disclosure. This might be a close race.
Best Rock Album
THE NOMINEES: “Chaos And The Calm” by James Bay; “Kintsugi” by Death Cab For Cutie; “Mister Asylum” by Highly Suspect; “Drones” by Muse; “.5: The Gray Chapter” by Slipknot
WHO SHOULD WIN? I don’t know if it shows my age, but all of these albums sound awful. Seriously, Slipknot is still around?
WHO WILL WIN? Muse because I just picked its name out of a hat.
Best Rap Album
THE NOMINEES: “2014 Forest Hills Drive” by J. Cole; “Compton” by Dr. Dre; “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” by Drake; “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar; “The Pinkprint” by Nicki Minaj
WHO SHOULD WIN? There is no question: Kendrick Lamar. Especially since Macklemore wasn’t nominated.
WHO WILL WIN? Comparing the rest of these albums to Kendrick’s is a fool’s errand. They can’t compete with what he did. At all.
Best Alternative Music Album
THE NOMINEES: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes; “Vulnicura” by Björk; “The Waterfall” by My Morning Jacket; “Currents” by Tame Impala; “Star Wars” by Wilco
WHO SHOULD WIN? This will be a close race. All of these albums are pretty good, with the exception of Lame, I mean, Tame Impala. Wilco, though, stands above the rest.
WHO WILL WIN? I really want Wilco to win this, but something tells me this is the year the Grammys get relevant and give it to the snorefest that is Tame Impala.
Best Country Album
THE NOMINEES: “Montevallo” by Sam Hunt; “Pain Killer” by Little Big Town; “The Blade” by Ashley Monroe; “Pageant Material” by Kacey Musgraves; “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton
WHO SHOULD WIN? Kacey Musgraves released a stunner. But ...
WHO WILL WIN? Chris Stapleton has had too much commercial and critical acclaim to not get this award.