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The 59th GRAMMY Awards are happening here in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend, so the editors at NEST HQ are having a friendly competition to see who can predict the most Ws ahead of the ceremony Sunday night. While there are over 80 categories recognized at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, we’ve chosen a more modest number of 20 for our projections, mostly including “____ of the year” categories for song, record, album, etc as well as those with the realms of pop, rap, dance, and R&B (apologies to any Classical or Tropical Latin fans out there, maybe next year).

Below you’ll find the prophetic writings of Molly, Nathan, and Jonah for 2017’s 59th GRAMMY Awards. Feel free to call them out in the comments with whatever you agree or disagree with.


Best Dance/Electronic Album
Jonah: Flume – Skin

This guy has clearly altered the trajectory of dance music over the past few years, and it’s about time he gets recognized for it. The “Australian sound” aka “the Flume sound” is a real thing, and it has spawned and encouraged an entire generation of producers to follow in his footsteps. Remarkably, even with hundreds of producers emulating his style, Flume found a way to stay true to himself while steering clear of complete expectation in Skin.

Molly: Flume – Skin

Skin is going to win even though Tycho’s Epoch goes down far easier start to finish and boasts thrice as many a-ha moments (at least for me). Packed full of high profile collabs with pop-crossover acts like Tove Lo, Beck, and AlunaGeorge, Skin is just the kind of hype record that makes the Record Academy’s voter base feel cool voting in a category many of them don’t know much about.

Nathan: Tycho – Epoch

I’ll be the black sheep on this vote. I love both Tycho and Flume’s albums so much, and they each have their respective merits. But ultimately I think Tycho will win because it often comes down to accessibility and Tycho certainly has it.

Best Dance Recording
Jonah: Flume – “Never Be Like You”

While there was some steep competition in this category this year (Riton’s “Rinse & Repeat” and Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up” are incredible), it’s hard to argue that any of the other nomination could top the success of Flume’s “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai. It felt like this song played in every radio station, store, restaurant, restaurant bathroom, and gas station since its release, and not once was I mad about that.

Molly: Bob Moses – “Tearing Me Up”

I can totally see Bob Moses’ “Tearing Me Up” surprising everyone as the sleeper hit in this category coming in for the win. While The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya is an obvious choice for Grammy-voter-Basics, it’s a wet noodle of a song compared to “Closer” and no one’s going to vote for it.

Nathan: The Chainsmokers – “Don’t Let Me Down”

As much as I hate to say it, The Chainsmokers will probably take the win on this. They have finagled their way into multiple music-listening demographics and the radio playability of their music is undeniable. I also feel like the voters see them as the epitome of “dance music” when really they just represent a small sector of it that somehow leaked into the mainstream.

Best Remixed Recording
Jonah: Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)

RAC’s been nominated for best remix two years running now, and I’d say this year’s his year. The bassline he strapped on to Bob Moses’ also-Grammy-nominated “Tearing Me Up” is just too good.

Molly: Paul McCartney & Wings “Nineteen-Hundred-And-Eighty-Five” (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)

I love that Timo Maas is nominated for a Grammy this year, and I think he and James Teej’s remix of Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Nineteen-Hundred-And-Eighty-Five” is a shoo-in. At this stage in his career, I feel like Paul McCartney could record himself trimming his toenails and win a Grammy. There’s like three different versions of this remix, they’re all great but I legitimately have no idea which one is nominated and frankly no one voting probably does either.

Nathan: Bob Moses – “Tearing Me Up” (RAC Remix)

This one is simply the best in the category. It doesn’t have the A-list names, but it definitely deserves the win for quality alone.

Best Rap Album
Jonah: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

This was the best album of the year. Period.

Molly: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

De La Soul’s And The Anonymous Nobodies is by far the most prolific album in this category, although Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book is without a doubt going to take this one. Everyone loves an underdog, the record is fantastic, and a win for Chance in this category will be a massive win for independent artists everywhere who rely on streaming platforms to get their music heard. Even though Drake’s Views got grillions upon grillions of streams, I still think Chance will take it.

Nathan: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

This is a total toss-up between Drake and Chance. Coloring Book deserves the win, but Views is a Drake album. Considering Views is far from Drake’s strongest album, and Chance is the best new artist, I’ll have to give this to Coloring Book.

Best Rap Performance
Jonah: Chance the Rapper – “No Problem feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz”

From the bold hook to all three verses from Chance, Lil Wayne, and 2 Chainz, “No Problem” carries an energy unmatched by any of the other nominations in this category.

Molly: Desiigner – “Panda”

Desiigner’s “Panda” seemed like it was bumping out of every car speaker in LA when it came out last year, and even though it’s been played out to death I’m still ok with it taking this category. I’m not proud of this prediction but you have to admit in terms of a rap performance, this didn’t sound like anything else we heard last year.

Nathan: Chance the Rapper – “No Problem feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz”

While I absolutely love “That Part” (and at any time of day), “No Problem” is simply a better song, and the performance of which is possibly one of Chance’s most digestible.

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Jonah: Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”

In a Rap/Sung category, this is a no-brainer. The first official collaboration between Kanye & Chance implants Gospel firmly within the Rap realm.

Molly: Drake – “Hotline Bling”

If I never hear “Hotline Bling” again it’ll be too soon, but this song has become so iconic in the last year it’s impossible it won’t win this one. However, it would be nice to see Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé take it for “Freedom,” but an artsy, unconventional song like that is far more likely to win once Tidal gets enough fake users to justify having its own Grammy category.

Nathan: Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Obviously “Hotline Bling.” The song basically narrated half of 2015.

Best Rap Song
Jonah: Chance the Rapper – “No Problem feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz”

Chance’s rebellious anthem to the traditional constructs of the music industry deserves this recognition. You don’t want zero problems, big fella.

Molly: Drake – “Hotline Bling”

I really hope Jonah is right but I think “Hotline Bling” will take this one too, and I know that makes me jaded beyond reproach. I really lost my faith in the Grammys in 2013 when some dude named Al Walser managed to lobby himself hard enough to get nominated for Best Dance Recording alongside Skrillex, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia for a totally generic song that to date barely has 16,000 YouTube views.

Nathan: Kanye West ft. Rihanna – “Famous”

As controversial as “Famous” is, it stirred the pot and got stuck in people’s heads. Although Kanye is boycotting the Grammys (big surprise there), I think he’ll secure a win for “Famous.”

Best Pop Solo Performance
Jonah: Adele – “Hello”

Molly: Adele – “Hello”

“Hello” is going to take this one too even thought I would absolutely love Beyoncé’s “Hold Up” or even Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” to win. Listening to Adele sing that song is utterly arresting to your every sense so I can’t really complain about a win here.

Nathan: Beyonce – “Hold Up”

“Hold Up” is a gorgeous work of art. From the intro monologue to the golden ringing vocals throughout. Becky with the good song.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Jonah: Rihanna – “Work” ft. Drake

To be honest, I really didn’t like this song too much at first — mostly because I couldn’t really understand a lot of what Rih was saying — but I came around to it after my girlfriend played it for the 214th or 215th time. HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUSIC VIDEO?

Molly: The Chainsmokers “Closer” ft. Halsey

This is going to shred my credibility but it’s the truth – I fucking love “Closer.” The Chainsmokers and Halsey are undoubtedly going to take this one and I think hating on them is as basic and unoriginal as their bro-sona.

Nathan: Rihanna – “Work” ft. Drake


Best Pop Vocal Album
Jonah: Justin Bieber – Purpose

Purpose felt like Justin Bieber’s official entrance into pop music adulthood. Working with producers like BloodPop®, Skrillex, and Diplo repositioned Bieber within the musical landscape, and Purpose reflected a more insightful, thoughtful Justin Bieber than ever before.

Molly: Adele – 25

Bieber’s Purpose is an outstanding album and I hope it wins. More than likely the voting members, who didn’t even nominate his last album Believe in 2013, are going to snub him in favor of Adele’s 25 but not because it’s a better record.

Nathan – Justin Bieber – Purpose

Again, super tough, but Purpose had more hits on it than any of the other records, iirc. For that reason alone it should take home BPVA.

Best Alternative Music Album
Jonah: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

While I’m inclined to want the late, great David Bowie to receive a posthumous award for Blackstar, I just can’t slight the emotional intelligence of Bon Iver’s 22, A Million.

Molly: David Bowie – Blackstar

Obviously David Bowie’s Blackstar is going to win for no reason other than it’s David fucking Bowie. Also, it was a great album even if it didn’t destroy me in the best possible way how Bon Iver’s 22, A Million or A Moon Shaped Pool did – none of that matters cause Bowie.

Nathan: David Bowie – Blackstar

I really just want to see him win this. The amount of work he put into this so close to his last days gives it an incomparable edge that many works of art will never achieve. This is god-tier stuff we’re dealing with.

Best R&B Performance
Jonah: Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

I believe Solange got snubbed big time with the exclusion of A Seat at the Table for best R&B Album. Her performance on “Cranes in the Sky” deserves this one.

Molly: Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Solange is 100% going to take this one for “Cranes In The Sky” because she crushed this gorgeous, ultra-modern love song. She’s also going to win because everyone on the planet has some notion of how much it must suck to be Beyoncé’s infinitely less relevant sister, so just give her a Grammy already.

Nathan: Rihanna – “Need Me”

This is one of my favorite Rihanna songs, and unlike “Work” it actually has some incredibly singing on it. I’m betting on this win because Rihanna tends to secure 95% of the categories she’s nominated for.

Best R&B Song
Jonah: Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”

Easily one of the best ANTI standouts. I’d be very surprised if Rihanna walks out of Staples Center without at least one Grammy in each hand this year.

Molly: Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”

The sweet guitar solo that comes in and out of Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” is going to be responsible for her win in this category – that sound is irresistible. And the Academy loves to give Rihanna Grammys, she has eight already.

Nathan: Bryson Tiller – “Exchange”

“Exchange” is the most traditionally “R&B” of the category. That could be either a plus or a minus, comfortably securing Tiller the win or opting for the totally predictable “Kiss It Better.” Whatever, I’ll take the L if need be.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jonah: Beyonce – Lemonade

If you’re winning AOTY you better win the genre category, too.

Molly: Beyonce – Lemonade

Lemonade – all day. Every record in this category has moments of legitimate greatness but Lemonade is the only one I can’t bear to skip a track on. Every detail of the release was perfect, except that it was on Tidal.

Nathan: Beyonce – Lemonade

Yo, Rihanna, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best urban contemporary albums of all time!

Best Music Video
Jonah: Beyonce – “Formation”

Need I say more?

Molly: Beyonce – “Formation”

Beyoncé, “Formation,” obviously. Have you seen that video?! Name me a another that can even begin to match the sheer volume of insanely powerful imagery this one possesses. Also, just imagine what it took to get that shot of her sinking the cop car at the end and give her the damn award already.

Nathan: Jamie xx – “Gosh”

“Formation” was obviously good, but I was blown away by “Gosh” like nothing else before it. Honestly, that video should win multiple awards for multiple ceremonies. That being said, if “Formation” wins I won’t be surprised.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jonah: Benny Blanco

Benny stashed multiple Billboard #1’s this year for his work with Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Tory Lanez and, in addition to POTY recognition, his work is also nominated within the Grammy’s Best R&B Song, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year categories. Give this man his trophy.

Molly: Max Martin

I really feel like Benny Blanco should take this one just for the sheer number of records he produced in 2016 (look at his Wikipedia!) – I’d be willing to forgive his work on that limp-dick Cashmere Cat track “Throw Myself A Party” cause he got Kanye to actually sing on the ultra-emo Francis and The Lights album. My prediction though is the Grammy will go to Max Martin again because he did Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” which is an absolutely perfect song.

Nathan: Max Martin

Max Martin is a certifiable legend in the pop world, as is Benny Blanco. However, I think Martin will take it home.

Record Of The Year
Jonah: Adele – “Hello”

When you love a new song as much as your mom and grandma, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll probably snag ROTY honors.

Molly: “Formation”

Here’s where “Formation” can win – the difference between a song and a recording is the difference between the musical composition itself vs. the production that goes into creating the recording which embodies the song. If you were to play “Hello” on guitar and sing it, odds are it would sound great, but “Formation” would not translate in the same way. Even though I do believe “Formation” should win Song Of The Year too, it will definitely take Recording Of The Year.

Nathan: Adele – “Hello”

I still shed a tear every time I hear a despondently melodic “Hello.”

Album Of The Year
Jonah: Beyonce – Lemonade

This album changed the modern culture of the Western world in 2016. No other album in this category had the empowering effect that Lemonade did. Slay.

Molly: A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson, the black sheep of the country music establishment, made the best album of the year in my not-so-humble opinion. I could totally see a lot of voters not being able to decide between 25 (cause they love Adele and feel like they should) and Lemonade (which really is worthy) then arriving at a frantic state of “fuck it!” and throwing their vote down for a modern day Roy Orbison on DMT.

Nathan: Adele – 25

This album is in more households than microwaves [citation needed]. If it doesn’t win I’ll flip the nearest table (yes, we can put that on video if it comes down to it).

Song Of The Year
Jonah: Adele – “Hello”

See above for explanation for Record of the Year. Also, Adele swept ROTY and SOTY in 2012, sooooooo

Molly: Adele – “Hello”

As much as I would love “Formation” to take this and I think the win would be an incredible moment for women of color, “Hello” is a song your grandma probably loved if she’s still alive therefore it’s going to win. This category seems to be based on how widely a song was received rather than how powerful it is.

Nathan: Adele – “Hello”

Again…shedding tears like Niagara Falls over here.

Best New Artist
Jonah: Chance the Rapper

I would bet three of my toes and a finger on this prediction.

Molly: Anderson. Paak

For the record I did not take the above bet because Anderson. Paak will win this one. His music is so accessible to so many different breeds of taste. Plus he performed for Ellen’s birthday with his six year old so America is basically in love with him now and the voting members of the Academy probably are too.

Nathan: Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is one of the most talented and unique artists to arise in recent years, and has already had a lasting impact on the music community far and wide. However, I’m not sure if I’d take Jonah’s bet just on the off chance that the Grammy’s muck this one. But it’s too late for Jonah. His bet is locked.


Watch the 59th GRAMMY Awards hosted by James Corden this Sunday, February 12th at 5PM PST on CBS.