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Grammy Talk

Just how many wins will Olivia Rodrigo take home? We look at some nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards

The Oscars just happened this past weekend, with "CODA" taking home Best Picture, "Dune" hauling in six other awards, Jessica Chastain winning Best Actress and Will Smith with Best Actor. But the fun isn't over for pop culture fans just yet as this weekend we're about to be treated once more with the Grammy Awards! After a delay due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant the show will be held on April 3 from 5-8:30pm PST on CBS. So get ready for your Twitter timelines to explode yet again—although, I'm not sure things will pop off quite like they did with the Oscars.

Music's biggest night is back, so as is tradition, I'll be checking out a few categories to see what should win, and what will most likely win on the biggest stage. Here we go.

Best New Artist
Arooj | Aftab | Jimmie Allen | Baby Keem | Finneas | Glass Animals | Japanese Breakfast | The Kid Laroi | Arlo Parks | Olivia Rodrigo | Saweetie

Should Win: Honestly kind of a tough, yet confusing category with what is considered a "new artist." But for those where that title feels right, there are clear standouts. Baby Keem put out one of the best hip-hop albums of last year, Arlo Parks shined insanely bright for R&B, all while Olivia Rodrigo became a new pop juggernaut. One of these three should take the crown.

Will Win: If Olivia Rodrigo doesn't win this I would be incredibly shocked. She's on a different level of stardom right now compared to everyone in this category.

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Just like books, you can't judge an album by its cover, but all these are up for awards in this Sunday's Grammys.
Best Alternative Music Album
Fleet Foxes – Shore | Halsey – If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power | Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee | Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams | St. Vincent – Daddy's Home

Should Win: Japanese Breakfast needs this win. There's a chance it will happen, but I don't have a lot of faith. I would also accept an Arlo Parks victory for her stunning album "Collapsed In Sunshine."

Will Win: Probably St. Vincent or Fleet Foxes.

Best Rap Album
J. Cole – The Off-Season | Drake – Certified Lover Boy | Nas – King's Disease II | Tyler, The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost | Kanye West – Donda

Should Win: Tyler, The Creator brought back DJ Drama and the Gangsta Grillz Mixtape vibe in such an incredible and innovative manner. He truly deserves it.

Will Win: Drake or Nas.

Record Of The Year
ABBA – "I Still Have Faith In You" | Jon Batiste – "Freedom" | Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – "I Get A Kick Out Of You" | Justin Bieber – "Peaches" (Feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon) Brandi Carlile – "Right On Time" | Doja Cat – "Kiss Me More" (Feat. SZA) | Billie Eilish – "Happier Than Ever" | Lil Nas X – "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" | Olivia Rodrigo – "drivers license" | Silk Sonic – "Leave The Door Open"

Should Win: Justin Bieber's "Peaches" is honestly a bop. It's catchy, fun and feels like summer. His flip on the track during his Tiny Desk performance might even be better. Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More" is another one of these crazy-infectious songs that went nuclear on the radio and Tik Tok. Having SZA featured on the track was a brilliant move. Then of course, "driver's license," which got so big SNL even tackled it with a skit. It's not even Rodrigo's best song, but that thing blew up.

Will Win: Probably Rodrigo with "drivers license." The only thing that I think comes close to maybe stopping it is Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More."

Album Of The Year
Jon Batiste – We Are | Justin Bieber – Justice: Triple Chucks Deluxe | Doja Cat – Planet Her Deluxe | Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever | Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett – Love For Sale | H.E.R. – Back Of My Mind | Lil Nas X – Montero | Olivia Rodrigo – Sour | Taylor Swift – Evermore | Kanye West – Donda

Should Win: This is a category that always underwhelms for me because it always feels like the real standouts get left behind. However, some albums here are really strong. It ultimately comes down to three for me: Doja Cat (who recently said she was going to quit music and then apologized) released a really fun album that pushes pop to exciting places; Billie Eilish who continues to improve and grow with each release, seemingly becoming a mainstay at the top of the music pantheon; and then Olivia Rodrigo's "Sour." She put out a great debut album and looks to stick around just as Eilish has.

Will Win: Again, Olivia Rodrigo might have this thing locked up.

There are plenty more categories that will be dishing out wins, and you can find them all online. But the big story here is we might be seeing history again with Oliva Rodrigo. She has seven total nominations this year, and we could see the young star sweep all of those or the big four (best album, best new artist, song of the year, record of the year) just as Billie Eilish accomplished the latter at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. Eilish has seven total wins out of 17 nominations so far in her career, and Rodrigo may be following down that road with her early buzz and success. I wouldn't be surprised by the outcome, as I embarrassingly ordered $90 worth of "Sour" album merchandise one night after too many edibles when the album first released. One might also call that music's biggest night.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards
Sun., April 3, 5-8:30pm PST
Watch on CBS

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Isaac Biehl

Isaac is living proof that "Iowa Nice" is actually a thing. A journalism graduate from Iowa State University, he regularly writes about music, the outdoors and the arts/culture scene. Isaac loves the Trail Blazers, backpacking and a good IPA. He plans to one day win Survivor. Your move, Jeff Probst...
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