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Dua Lipa wants to storm Beyoncé’s throne: our Grammy Awards pool

Music has been the lifeline for many in the year of the pandemic. The endless dead hours between four walls and the overdose of information on everything related to the coronavirus have been made a little more bearable thanks to the artists who have found their inspiration in the lockdown. A good example of this is Taylor Swift, who surprised everyone with an unexpected album (‘Folklore’) that has little to do with pop or country to which we are accustomed.

To celebrate this, this Sunday, March 14, the Grammy Awards arrive, awards in which Beyoncé defends her crown as queen of American music. The interpreter of ‘Halo’ will not have it easy because young people come stomping: Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish have earned talking about you to you to the ex of Destiny Child. The most prominent absence is the signature The Weeknd, stars in the last Super Bowl, which has already ordered his record company not to re-inscribe his name on the list of candidates for future nominations. The author of ‘Blinding Lights’ has not sat well at all that they have forgotten him in the edition in which he was called to make history.

This 2021 gala will be directed by the versatile Trevor Noah. His resume includes jobs as a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and host. It will not be easy, since it will be, as has been customary since the coronavirus crisis broke out, the most atypical ceremony that is remembered: the Live performances will be interspersed with remote presentations, and there will be no public in the stands. But, despite everything, as Mercury would say, “the show must go on.”

In the absence of any last minute surprise additions, among those who will take the microphone are Harry Styles, who will open the night, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Silk Sonic, Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlie, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, HEIM, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris y Post Malone.

Album of the year

‘The Beast’ – Jhené Aiko

‘Black Pumas Deluxe Edition’ – Black Pumas

‘Everyday Life’ – Coldplay

‘Djesse Vol. 3’ – Jacob Collier

‘Women in Music Pt. III’ – Haim

‘Future Nostalgia’ – Dua Lipa

‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ – Post Malone

‘Folklore’ – Taylor Swift

With the most conspicuous absence of The Weeknd, one of the most listened to artists of the year thanks to his hit ‘Blinding Lights’, the eyes are focused on the diva war between Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift. If the second wins the Grammy for Album of the Year, it will be the third artist in history to achieve it three times, after Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder.

Song of the year

‘Black Parade’ – Beyoncé

‘The Box’ – Roddy Ricch

‘Cardigan’ – Taylor Swift

‘Circles’ – Post Malone

‘Don’t Start Now’ – Dua Lipa

‘I Can’t Breath’ – H.E.R.

‘If the World was Ending’ – JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels

Critics are divided into this category. Although Beyoncé is a safe bet, it seems that this time the British Dua Lipa, considered by many the future of Anglo-Saxon pop, can lead the game. This is even more relevant considering that in just two years Dua Lipa has gone from holding the honor of being the best revelation artist to fighting to win the most important categories.

Record of the year

‘Black Parade’ – Beyoncé

‘Colors’ – Black Pumas

‘Rockstar’ – DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch

‘Say So’ – Doja Cat

‘Everything I Wanted’ – Billie Eilish

‘Don’t Start Now’ – Dua Lipa

‘Circles’ – Post Malone

‘Savage’ – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé

Young Billie Eilish is called to burn her name into the history of American music. Although ‘Everything I Wanted’ starts as a favorite, the story behind ‘Black Parade’, which was born at the dawn of the racial protests that emerged in the US after the murder of George Floyd, may tip the balance in favor of Beyoncé.

Best Music Video

‘Brown Skin Girl’ – Beyoncé

‘Life is Good’ – Future ft. Drake

‘Lockdown’ – Anderson .Paak

‘Adore You’ – Harry Styles

‘Golitah’ – Woodkid

Not even those in the know are clear who the jury will choose in the category of best music video. Although Anderson .Paak has gained visibility after the recent announcement that he has formed a group with Bruno Mars, Harry Styles, which will open the gala of this edition of the Grammy Awards, and especially Future ft. Drake, they will fight.

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers


Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat


Megan Thee Stallion

There is no current music fan who does not know Megan Thee Stallion. Not surprisingly, not everyone is lucky enough to sign a duet with Beyoncé and also to collaborate with an Ariana Grande with a discreet presence on the list of nominees for these Grammy Awards. The Doja Cat or D Smoke crown can be removed.

Best Pop Solo Song

‘Yummy’ – Justin Bieber

‘Say So’ – Doja Cat

‘Everything I Wanted’ – Billie Eilish

‘Don’t Start Now’ – Dua Lipa

‘Watermelon Sugar’ – Harry Styles

‘Cardigan’ – Taylor Swift

It seems logical to think that if Dua Lipa gets the absolute title of best song, it will also do the same with the specific category of its genre. However, the young British woman cannot be neglected as she is chased by three of the most listened to artists of 2020: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish.

Best Pop Duo / Band Song

‘Un Día / One Day’ – J. Balvin ft. Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy

‘Intentions’ – Justin Bieber ft. Quavo

‘Dynamite’ – BTS

‘Rain on Me’ – Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande

‘Exile’ – Taylor Swift ft. Bon Iver

The swords are at the top: ‘Dynamite’, from the K-Pop phenomenon BTS, is the most watched music video in 24 hours in the entire history of YouTube (101.1 million views); ‘Rain on Me’ represents the union of two of the greatest current pop divas and for many the song of the summer; and ‘Exile’, born in the middle of the pandemic, became for many a true reflection of the general feeling in confinement.

Best Pop Album

‘Changes’ – Justin Bieber

‘Chromatica’ – Lady Gaga

‘Future Nostalgia’ – Dua Lipa

‘Fine Line’ – Harry Styles

‘Folklore’ – Taylor Swift

The surprise album of ‘Miss Americana’ is one of the jewels that 2020 leaves and it is not easy to compare it with the hit by Dua Lipa, an album that chains success after success. Relaxed and introspective one, partying and hard-core the second. Perfect in their own way, each in their own time.

Best rock song

‘Kyoto’ – Phoebe Bridgers

‘Lost in Yesterday’ – Tame Impala

‘Not’ – Big Thief

‘Shameika’ – Fiona Apple

‘Stay High’ – Brittany Howard

Many times relegated to one side in rock, women this year claim their place in the category in which Foo Fighters, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, U2 or David Bowie reigned in the past. And it looks like they’re going to get it (Phoebe Bridgers is nominated in four categories), although it won’t be easy to beat a classic like Tame Impala.

Best R&B Album

‘Happy 2 Be Here’ – Ant Clemons

‘Take Time’ – Giveon

‘To Feel Love/d’ – Luke James

‘Bigger Love’ – John Legend

‘All Rise’ – Gregory Porter

John Legend is synonymous with awards. He has eleven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar, the latter in 2015 for his work on the ‘Selma’ soundtrack. It is quite an institution in the United States and wants to complete its dozen of the gramophone awards. ‘Conversations in the Dark’ is the best cover letter of his latest work.

Best R&B Song

‘Better Than I Imagine’ – Robert Glasper ft. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello

‘Black Parade’ – Beyoncé

‘Collide’ – Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG

‘Do It’ – Chloe X Halle

‘Slow Down’ – Skip Marley & H.E.R.

Beyoncé’s history with the Grammys goes way back. This time she has nine nominations in eight categories and if she gets five she would become the most awarded living artist. If she achieves four, she will be the most awarded woman, whose record is now held by Alison Krauss. What no one will take away is the title of the most nominated artist. In addition, his firm step on stage has left iconic performances on these tables, such as when he performed ‘If I Were a Boy’ in 2017.

Best rap song

‘The Bigger Picture’ – Lil Baby

‘The Box’ – Roddy Ricch

‘Laugh Now, Cry Later’ – Drake ft. Lil Durk

‘Rockstar’ – DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch

‘Savage’ – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé

With just a couple of years into his career, DaBaby is one of those rappers who, in addition to succeeding with his own songs, is a regular at remixes with established artists. On this occasion he will take the stage with Dua Lipa, with whom he signs a version of his hit ‘Levitating’. In its category, the absence of ‘Mood’, by 24kGolden, the number 1 hit on Billboard for several weeks, stands out.

Best Latin / Urban Pop Album

‘YHLQMDLG’ – Bad Bunny

‘For the First Time’ – Camilo

‘Table for Two’ – Kany García

‘Pausa’ – Ricky Martin

‘3:33’ – Debut Nova

As a result of the numbers, the award for the best Latin / urban pop album seems to go to Bad Bunny, the most listened to artist on Spotify. Despite this, this may be his first Grammy, awards in which this 2021 he has achieved his second nomination. The year of the pandemic could not have been more fruitful for him, as he released three albums: ‘YHLQMDLG’, ‘Those who were not going to leave’ and ‘The Last World Tour’, with which he took the opportunity to announce his retirement temporary.

Best Latin / Alternative Rock Album

‘Aura’ – Bajofondo

‘Monster’ – Cami

‘Flying Over’ – Prophetic Culture

‘The Conquest of Space’ – Fito Páez

‘Miss Colombia’ – Lido Pepper

Although she is not sure of the award, this young Chilean can already boast that her album ‘Cami’ was selected by Billboard as one of the 25 best Latin albums of 2020. In addition, at 24 years old, she is the youngest singer from Chile in be nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Best film music

‘Beastie Boys Story’ – Beastie Boys

‘Black is King’ – Beyoncé

‘We Are Freestyle Love Supreme’ – Freestyle Love Supreme

‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice’ – Linda Ronstadt

‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ – ZZ Top

‘Black is King’ was a veritable ‘boom’ in a United States rocked by protests to demand effective racial equality. And no one better than Beyoncé could launch this beautiful creation that explores the artist’s relationship with music from the soundtrack ‘The Lion King’ (2019), both with the Disney label.

Best soundtrack

‘Ad Astra’




‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

His victory in the Oscar It suggests that ‘Joker’ may prevail at the Grammy for the best soundtrack. Hildur Gudnadóttir is its creator and she could not more beautifully capture the evolution of the character played by Joaquin Phoenix.

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