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Popdust Predictions for the 2018 Grammy's + Iconic Moments from Years Past

You won't want to miss this year's Grammys back in the Big Apple.

Beyoncé isn't nominated this year but we had to relive this moment. Can you say iconic?

On the contrary her hubby JAY-Z (aka Shawn Carter) takes the lead with the most Grammy nominations for this year. In fact, he holds 21 Grammy's, just one less than Queen Bey. Will 2018 put him on par with his wife? Regardless, the two are a force to be reckoned with. Along side JAY-Z, songs like "Despacito" and "1-800-273-8255" got major Grammy nods. New artists like SZA and Julia Michaels were recognized. I'm sure the internet is buzzing with opinions, but here are mine...

Record of The Year Prediction

If we're going off sheer popularity and the record that touched the most people this year, I'd have to predict "Despacito." I think JAY-Z's "The Story of OJ" is a close second for the cultural and necessary work of art it is, but whether they know what it means or not, people love themselves some "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber.

Album of The Year Prediction

I think that JAY-Z will see justice during Album of the Year winning for his 4:44. Exclusive to Tidal, JAY-Z fans who use Spotify had to do some serious waiting and digging to listen to the album. Luckily JAY-Z has gradually released killer visuals for a handful of the songs on his Vevo channel which are bound to get some recognition at this year's VMAs. My personal favorite album of the year was Lorde's Melodrama which I think could be a second contender.

Song of the Year Predicition

Though I'm rooting for "1-800-273-8255" to win not only because it's a harmonious collaboration between some of my favorite artists but because it's also an amazing track that raises suicide awareness, I think "Despacito" will again come through on top. What can I say? It's a total ear worm. Check out co-writer Erika Ender singing the song with legendary Roberto Carlos.

Best New Artist Predicition

I'm rooting for the stunning Miss Julia Michaels hard but there's some pretty tough competition this year. Michaels came out of a really amazing songwriting career and just released her debut album Nervous System with the hit song "Issues." I think SZA and Khalid could give her a run for her money though. SZA popular for her confrontational, unapologetic lyrics and Khalid coming out of nowhere it's hard to say who will take this one. If I were to guess I'm going to predict SZA wins. I think after performing on SNL and collaborating with Maroon 5, she's become a household name.

Best Solo Performance Prediction

This is a hard one because I want them all to win. Do you remember Kesha's vocally stunning performance in "Praying"? Ed's subtle but specific performance in "Shape of You"? Even so, I think P!nk is going to take home the Grammy here for her amazing performance on "What About Us?" P!nk is having a stellar year (and career tbh).

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Prediction

Honestly, I think it'll be a huge year for "Despacito" and they'll take this one to for the collaboration between Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, and Daddy Yankee.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Prediction

All of the greats are nominated here: Michael Bublé, Bob Dylan, Seth MacFarlane, Sarah McLachlan, and Tony Bennett. I have feeling it'll be Tony Bennett's Tony Celebrates 90. C'mon- what a legend.

Best Pop Vocal Album Predicition

Oof another hard one for sure. Love her, but I think after the whole Radiohead issue Lana Del Ray isn't a frontrunner. For me it's a pretty even split between Kesha's Rainbow , Ed Sheeran's Divide, and Lady Gaga's Joanne. Honest opinion? I'd give it to Kesha. I love the dynamic of her album. Some songs showcase her voice, others are certifiable bangers, others are powerful anthems.

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Needless to say, I think it's going to be a big year for the Grammy's. How could it not be? Finally after fifteen years away from the "concrete jungle where dreams are made," the Grammy's will be back home in NYC and we're stoked. Here are some of the best moments in the last 15 years.

2004

Prince and Beyonce's iconic opening number.

2005

In 2005 Kanye won the Grammy and proceeded to prompt the producers of the Grammys to get the music ready because his speech was going to be long. He left it unfinished too leaving us wondering....

2006

The Gorillaz and Madonna performed with holograms truly bringing the Grammys into the 21st century.

2007

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Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" was a major thing. Remember that? She took home the Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Yes queen!

2008

Beyonce clearly being queen of the iconic performances performs "Proud Mary" with Tina Turner.

2009

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A very, very pregnant M.I.A. performs (on her due date!) and give birth three days later. We see you, Queen.

2010

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Following the 2009 VMA drama with Kanye and Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift becomes the youngest artist ever (at age 20) to win album of the year for Fearless. Beyonce also sets a new record for female artists taking home six Grammys that year. It was the age of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and a good time for women.

2011

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Remember when Lady Gaga's red carpet look was a literal egg that she later emerged from on stage? Yeah- I forgot too. You're welcome.

2012

Whitney Houston tragically passes the day before and in a heart felt tribute, Jennifer Hudson sings "I Will Always Love You."

2013

Taylor Swift does the most in this circus themed performance.

2014

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert perform "Same Love" featuring Madonna. It's an iconic moment for the LGBTQ+ community to be celebrated on a large scale.

2015

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One of the many times Gaga wowed us, but this performance with Tony Bennett would mark a new era for the pop star. She would go on to be on American Horror Story and perform The Sound of Music.

2016

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Hamilton makes history by being the first time the Grammys aired live from Broadway.

2017

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And of course- the queen of all Grammy moments, when Queen Bey herself performed pregnant with her two twins a beautiful number adorned in gold and looking like mother Mary herself.

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Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter and check out her music on Spotify. Press inquiries here.


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Give the Songwriters & Producers behind the Grammy Nominations the Spotlight too!

Do you know what it takes to write a Grammy nominated banger?

Julia Michaels is now a household name...

but it wasn't always that way. Before her wildly successful Nervous System album with "Issues" (nominated for Best Song) and "Uh Huh" (another crowd favorite), Julia Michaels was on the song-writing hustle. Most notably, Michael co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Sorry." This is the case for a lot of artists while they work toward label representation and gain contacts in the industry. Every Grammy season, I like to take the time to learn more about the songwriters behind the Best Song nominees. Not only might they be the nominated artists of tomorrow, but I also find hearing the differences and similarities in their solo projects intriguing. So, let's hear it for the Grammy nominated songwriters! Here are the nominees.

Ramón Ayala | "Despacito"

While Ramón may not be well known in the mainstream scene, he's legendary in the norteño and conjunto genre of Mexican music, earning the nickname "King of The Accordion." His songs have won him a slew of Grammys and have also been featured in many movies.

Poo Bear | "Despacito"

Poo Bear is a legendary songwriter of sorts. This isn't his first collab with Bieber either. Having worked with the artist on other successful songs like, "What Do You Mean?" and "Where are U Now?," Poo Bear aka Jason Boyd was an obvious collaborative partner on this super record. Poo Bear also co-wrote "Caught Up" from Usher's crazy successful Confessions album and has written with everyone from Kelly Rowland to Chris Brown. Even on his own projects, he's worked with stellar artists like this recent collaboration with Skrillex.

Erika Ender | "Despacito"

Erika Ender is another underrated treasure in the mainstream world. Having a prolific career as a singer, she is also one of the most successful and respected composers in the Latin music community. She's been celebrated by the Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and is in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has her very own version of "Despacito".

Marty James Gordon | "Despacito"

Gordon is the fourth and final additional songwriter of "Despacito" in addition to the artists attached to the projects. Now do you see how much it takes to create a hit? Marty James Gordon is a well known composer for film. His work can be heard in 40 Days and Fourty Nights, The Prince & Me, and Jack and Jill. Gordon has worked with several other Latin artists such as Enrique Igelsias.

No I.D. | "4:44"

Dion Wilson (aka No I.D.) co-wrote "4:44" with JAY-Z (aka Shawn Carter). Nicknamed "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop," in addition to his own solo projects he has also acted as a mentor to artists such as Kanye West. Currently in Chicago, Wilson is a disc jockey, rapper, and writer there. He released a solo album in 1998 entitled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album).

Benny Blanco | "Issues"

Benny Blano is no stranger to making hits. He's worked with some of the best artists of our time including Ed Sheeran, Kesha, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, and more. Predominately a producer, Blanco was signed to Dr. Luke's label Prescription Songs and under that label produced tons of hits. Here's one of them since he doesn't have a solo project out.

Stargate | "Issues"

Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen together create Stargate, the production duo behind some of the greatest stars over the past several decades from Michael Jackson to Brittany Spears to Beyoncé. On a recent single, they called upon some of their favorite past collaborators P!nk and Sia to create quite the tune.

Justin Tanter | "Issues"

Justin is also songwriting royalty having sprinkled his magic onto top hits across genres. Some artists he's worked with include: Kelly Clarkson, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Fall Out Boy... the list goes on. Tanter studied musical theatre in college but then returned to school at Berklee to study music. After Berklee, him and fellow graduates created Semi Precious Weapons, a group that would go on to open for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour. Julia Michaels is a long-time songwriting partner of his, so it only makes sense that he worked on "Issues" with her.

6ix | "1-800-273-8255"

6ix has worked with a handful of artists but his work with Logic has gotten the most clout. He is Logic's in house producer and produced five songs on his newest album including 1-800-273-8255.

The Stereotypes | "That's What I Like"

The Stereotypes are a collaborative producing and songwriting force made up of Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip. They've been behind a number of hits included Danity Kane's "Damaged" and most recently worked with Pitbull as artists and producers on "Jungle".

1500 or Nothin | "That's What I Like"

Brody Brown is a known producer and song-writer who has worked with mainly Cee Lo Green , Bruno Mars, and Adele's song "All I Ask" which he also played piano on. James Faunterloy is known for his work with Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. Both are part of 1500 or Nothin' a songwriting and producing collective based in LA.

Phillip Lawrence | "That's What I Like"

Phillip Lawrence is a consistent collaborator with Bruno Mars. In fact, he and Mars even have named their duo "The Smeezingtons." They broke into the record industry by co-writing and co-producing "Fuck You" with Cee Lo Green.



Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter and check out her music on Spotify. Press inquiries here.


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