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Students Predict the Grammys

Neha Srivastava '16 and Sanaea Bhagwagar '17, Entertainment Editors
A celebration of the year’s best music and artists, the 58th Annual Grammys awards show aired on Monday, February 15 on CBS. Prior to its broadcast, we asked Hopkins students to predict which songs and artists they believed would win each category. 
Tatiana Niebuhr ’17 offered her opinion on 2015 as a whole: “Many different records with many different styles found success this year. It looks like the bubblegum dance pop domination from 2011 is dissolving into a more laid-back sound, with alternative, acoustic, and r&b tracks becoming more prominent in the ‘pop’ sphere.”

Artists Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Wiz Khalifa all appeared as common favorites amongst students. Tyler Bahamonde ’18 commented, “Kendrick Lamar is the best. He is a lyrical genius.” Lauren Antonelli ’16 was confident in her predictions: “Regardless of your personal feelings on [Taylor Swift]  and her “squad,” there is no denying she will win every category she is nominated for.”

Niebuhr added, “It seemed as if each month of 2015, another track from 1989 rose to the top of the charts and saw hours and hours of radio air time. Swift’s 1989 saw such consistent popularity that it would be difficult for it to not win any awards at the 2016 Grammys.”

Here are the results from the survey:

Song of the Year:
35% “See You Again,” 
by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
34% “Blank Space,” by Taylor Swift
19% “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
11% “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
0% “Girl Crush,” by Little Big Town
 
Album of the Year:
48.9% 1989, by Taylor Swift
34.1% TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY by Kendrick Lamar
15.9% BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS by The Weeknd
1.1% SOUND AND COLOR by Alabama Shakes
0% TRAVELLER by Chris Stapleton
 
Best New Artist:
46.6% Meghan Trainor
25% Tori Kelly
12.5% James Bay
12.5% Sam Hunt
3.4% Courtney Barnett
 
Best Rock Song:
60.5% “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King 
14.8% “Don’t Wanna Fight,” by Alabama Shakes
11.1% “Hold Back The River,” by James Bay
8.6% “What Kind of Man,” by Florence + The Machine
4.9% “Lydia,” by Richard Meyer, Ron Meyer, and Johnny Stevens
 
Best R&B Song:
65.9% “Earned it,” by The Weeknd
11% “Coffee,” by Miguel
11% “Let it Burn,” by Jazmine Sullivan
8.5% “Really Love,” by 
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
3.7% “Shame,” by Tyrese
 
Best Rap Song:
54.7% “Trap Queen,” by Fetty Wap
23.3% “Alright,” by Kendrick Lamar
9.3% “Energy,” by Drake
8.1% “Glory,” by John Legend
4.7% “All Day,” by Kanye West

Click here for a full list of the real Grammy winners from Monday, February 15.
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