The 2016 Grammys are only days away, so it is right that we start hypothesizing who will take home the grand prize. As with any awards ceremony, it is difficult to accurately predict who will be declared the best, which leaves us to put forth an educated guess. Despite the different opinions the OKP staff might have, it appears that all of the nominees are especially worthy of this hallowed accomplishment.
So, when Monday rolls around, the general public will all be retweeting, chiming in with their own opinion and jamming out to that Hamilton performance. Whatever happens throughout the night, the 58th Annual Grammy Awards will find most eyes, ears and hopes resting on Kendrick Lamar and his 11 nominations. It’s clear that the Grammys are making up for the mistake of snubbing good kid, m.A.A.d. city back in 2012.
There are many who would like to pretend that Kendrick Lamar didn’t have the best project of the last 360-some days. They would be mistaken. Yet, in the past, the Grammys have been an unpredictable bag of crazy that has thrown us for a loop, both for good and for bad (looking at you, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Should the night not go Kendrick Lamar and TDE’s way, that would mean that the whitewashing tendencies are continuing for a new generation.
We’ll have to wait until Monday, February 15 to see what really happens, but until then check out Okayplayer’s staff choices for who will win at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
Compton – Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This Its Too Late – Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj
With a host of talented MCs littering the field, it may seem like we would all be in agreement in choosing one to take home the “Best Rap Album” Grammy. And you would be right if you knew us IRL, as we all agree unanimously that the top dog of Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick Lamar, and his To Pimp A Butterfly album is worthy of the “Best Rap Album” distinction.
Best Rap Song
“All Day” – Kanye West
In what has developed into a mix of sophisticated and ratchet rap, the nominees that the Grammys voters have to pick and choose are as major as their sounds that eek out of speakers around the country. Yet, whether one loves the raucous vibe of “All Day,” or has their mojo increased by Drake’s “Energy,” or even took to the streets to protest injustice by singing “Alright,” our team of musicologists all believe that Kendrick Lamar will earn his second Grammy for To Pimp A Butterfly.
Best Rap/Sung Collabo
“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory” – Common ft. John Legend
“Classic Man” – Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur
“These Walls” – Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only” – Nicki Minaj ft. Lil’ Wayne & Drake
Oh, how millions of Barbz are going to feel bad for Nicki Minaj. As her song faded from playlists, the guys on this list easily overshadowed her debauchery-filled romp with Drake and Lil’ Wayne through clever and earnest lyrics that sounded unlike anything from the Young Money roster. And even though “Glory” was the darling of the Oscars, “One Man” was a surprise summer hit — our team is split 3-1 in favor of Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls”. What is the “one,” you ask? Our illustrious EIC held the single vote for Jidenna’s blockbuster boogie, “Classic Man,” which featured Roman GianArthur.