We are in what is traditionally a quiet period for professional sports. Hockey and basketball are really all that is going on right now in North America, although there is always a soccer game being played somewhere that you can wager on. Just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean that you need to sit around and wait for the next big sporting event, as there are plenty of other betting options out there. If you are a fan of music, then why not put your knowledge to the test by wagering on the 2018 Grammy Awards, which are set to go this coming Sunday night, January 28. Let’s take a look at the major categories and make some predictions as we go.
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Album of the Year
The betting odds favorite here is Kendrick Lamar, who has 7 nominations on the night, for his album “DAMN.” He may be the favorite, but I’m not so sure he will win. Lorde exploded onto the music scene with her debut album a few years back, but rather than trying to play on her popularity by cranking out another album quickly, she took her time and did it right. Her second release, “Melodrama,” will get the nod here, I believe.
Record of the Year
We may have been given a clue to the winner of this one due to the fact that “Despacito” already won in this category at the Latin Grammy’s. Now, perhaps the Grammy voters will shy away from that record because it already won. While it would seem to be the obvious pick here, I think that Kendrick Lamar is set to score at least one of the big three prizes, and I believe he gets it here for “HUMBLE.”
It’s a talented bunch of artists in this category, and it is Alessia Cara who is considered the favorite to win. I think this award is going to go elsewhere, though, as I like Khalid to get the nod. He has received a ton of acclaim for the very personal nature of his debut album, and he has been all over the TV this week talking about the experience. Exposure does not always lead to success, but here it will, I believe.
Song of the Year
While there were a lot of great songs released this past year, there was only on that seemed to be playing everywhere you went, and that song was “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. It may not be the best of the 5 songs in this category, but you cannot get beyond the fact that it was a huge smash hit on English speaking radios stations despite being in Spanish. This one would appear to be a slam dunk.
Best Solo Performance
While there are a lot more categories to cover in the 2018 Grammy Awards let’s close out our preview with this one, which is right there in the top 5 awards at this event. It was another big year for singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, and he is the favorite to take home the Grammy in this category for “Shape of You.” There is also a lot of love for “Praying,” by Kesha, but a win would be a surprise, as this looks to be a lock for Ed Sheeran.