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With the Grammy's rapidly approaching and nominations for coveted awards like Album of the Year officially out, here are my predictions for everyone's favorite winter award show:

Album of the Year

There’s several likely winners here but I’ve narrowed it down to two: Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey. Swift’s “Midnights" broke countless records (ugh) and with the dominance of her Eras Tour, this award is hers to lose. The only hindrance I see to her winning is the fact that a win in this category would make her the first person to ever win Album of the Year four times, leaving Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon in the dust with their three wins.

While this would certainly be a year to cement Taylor Swift as an integral presence in the music industry, it seems odd to do it with an album that has the lyric “Karma is a cat purring in my lap,” — especially over those three powerhouse artists.  I’m not hating on “Midnights,” I’m actually a fan of the album, but in comparison to the other albums she’s won this award for (“Folklore” in particular), it seems weak.

Del Rey, on the other hand, has long been consistently snubbed by the music industry, and I think this could be the year the Grammy's finally make it right. “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” is a work of art, an amalgamation of the career of one of the most influential artists in music, and its themes centering around her public image only serve as a reminder of why she has such influence. On top of that, Lana and SZA’s albums are the only albums I really see deserving of a win, but it seems like SZA’s moment long passed. 

Who will win: Taylor Swift, “Midnights”

Who should win: Lana Del Rey, “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” 

Record of the Year

If it was up to me, this award would be going to either boygenius’ “Not Strong Enough” or SZA’s “Kill Bill,” but as my Instagram followers like to remind me, it is not up to me.

I personally think Billie Eilish has this award on lock. Her record “What Was I Made For?” is truly a beautiful song and came with a massively successful movie. On top of that, Eilish is an industry favorite, with seven Grammy wins under her belt.

I don’t see Swift winning anything for “Anti-Hero" — it's a weak song in general, and her vocals are certainly not the star of the show, and I don't see Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” scoring the win. I didn’t even remember it existed until I saw it on the list. 

What will win: Billie Eilish, “What Was I Made For?” 

What should win: boygenius, “Not Strong Enough”

Song of the Year

I, unfortunately, think this award will also be going to Taylor Swift. She holds the record for the most nominations in the category (seven, including the one she’s up for on Sunday), yet zero wins. Swift should have won this award for her song “cardigan,” I’ll admit, but “Anti-Hero” is definitely not worthy of a win for Song of the Year. It’s a catchy little song, but its lyrics are silly and trivial at times.

With boygenius’ “Not Strong Enough” and Del Rey’s “A&W” also nominated, “Anti-Hero” just looks like some song I wrote in my notes app after two bottles of wine. “A&W” is a groundbreaking song that tactfully touches on sexual assault and modern sexuality. Put that up against a song about being a sexy baby and it’s kind of criminal. That being said, given the year Swift had and the lack of a win despite so many nominations, I think it’s her time. 

What will win: Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”

What should win: Lana del Rey, “A&W”

Best New Artist

While I’d personally like to see Victoria Monét take this award home, I have a pretty strong feeling that the woman who proclaimed “Think you the shit, bitch? You not even the fart” will be taking this coveted award home. Ice Spice had one of the biggest debut years I can recall, scoring a total of four top 10 Hot 100 hits last year.

For a woman who was virtually unknown a little more than a year ago, but has since gone on to make a hit single for the “Barbie” movie soundtrack, it's clear that this was her year. As much as Monét is a personal favorite of mine, it would seem wrong not to give Ice Spice the award. If this level of breakthrough doesn’t warrant the best new artist, I’m not sure what does. 

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Who will win: Ice Spice

Who should win: Ice Spice

The Grammy's will premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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