2018 Grammy Predictions
The 60th GRAMMY Awards are upon us, and we, at BoldLatina, are ready to see Luis Fonsi perform, as well as the rest of our Brown and Black people represent on stage. This year, the industry will be sporting white roses to support #TimesUp.
Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)
Redbone / Childish Gambino
Despacito/Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
The Story Of O.J./ JAY-Z
HUMBLE./ Kendrick Lamar
24K Magic/Bruno Mars
This is a tough one because we love all these records, all four artists are great in their own way. But, we gotta go with our Puerto Rican, Luis Fonsi.
Album Of The Year
(Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)
“Awaken, My Love!”/Childish Gambino
24K Magic/Bruno Mars
Another difficult choice, but we gotta give it to Brooklyn native, Mr. Carter. 4:44 exposed JAY-Z’s vulnerabilities, and it opened the conversation on the importance of mental health, LGBTQ awareness, and infidelity. All taboo topics among men of color.
Song Of The Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
That’s What I Like
Rooting again for Puerto Rico on this one!
Best New Artist
(An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)
Lil Uzi Vert
This one is a toss-up between these two, we’ll be happy if either wins. If you are not familiar with their music, get on it!
Best Pop Solo Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.)
Love So Soft- Kelly Clarkson
Praying – Kesha
Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
What About Us – P!nk
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Major girl power on this category, and we love it! This one is for Mother Monster.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.)
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara
While we would prefer Bieber not be part of this, we are still rooting for Puerto Rico. If Daddy Yankee doesn’t join Fonsi on stage, we will riot.
Best Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal pop recordings.)
Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay
Lust For Life- Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran
Gaga took a leap of faith in the creative process of this album, she deserves the recognition.
Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)
Get You- Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis
Distraction – Kehlani
High – Ledisi
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
The Weekend – SZA
Daniel Caesar is the artist you got to add to your playlists, and this collaboration with Colombian-American, Kali Uchis is one to play on repeat.
Best Rap Performance
(For a Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Bounce Back – Big Sean
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
4:44 – JAY-Z
HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
Bad And Boujee – Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert
Cardi B, the Queen of the Billboard charts is our pick. Migos gets MAJOR thumbs down for Offset’s recent homophobic comments.
Best Rap/Sung Performance
(For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)
PRBLMS – 6LACK
Crew – Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
Family Feud – JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé
LOYALTY. – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna
Love Galore – SZA Featuring Travis Scott
Power to the Carters for addressing their marital issues in the form of two of the best albums ever recorded.
Best Rap Song
(A song must contain music and lyrics and must be either a new song or a song first achieving prominence during the eligibility year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))
The Story Of O.J.
Give Cardi the Grammy already!
Best Rap Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new rap recordings.)
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator
Mr. Carter for the win.
Best Latin Pop Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin pop recordings.)
Lo Único Constante – Alex Cuba
Mis Planes Son Amarte – Juanes
Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017 – La Santa Cecilia
Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos) – Natalia Lafourcade
El Dorado – Shakira
Mexico for the win! Let’s talk about Natalia Lafourcade’s version of Coco’s “Remember Me” with Miguel, get the tissues ready.
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new Latin rock, urban or alternative recordings.)
Ayo – Bomba Estéreo
Pa’ Fuera – C4 Trío & Desorden Público
Salvavidas De Hielo – Jorge Drexler
El Paradise – Los Amigos Invisibles
Residente – Residente
Please watch the documentary Residente on Netlix, and thank us later.
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new regional Mexican (banda, norteño, corridos, gruperos, mariachi, ranchera and Tejano) recordings.)
Ni Diablo Ni Santo – Julión Álvarez Y Su Norteño Banda
Ayer Y Hoy – Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Momentos – Alex Campos
Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas – Aida Cuevas
Zapateando En El Norte – Humberto Novoa, producer (Various Artists)
La madre de todas las bandas for the win.
Best Tropical Latin Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new tropical Latin recordings.)
Albita – Albita
Art Of The Arrangement – Doug Beavers
Salsa Big Band – Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Gente Valiente – Silvestre Dangond
Indestructible – Diego El Cigala
Rubén Blades already took the Latin Grammy, we are counting on him getting this one too.