The 60th annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday, and this year’s nominations have not only been universally celebrated, but have become some of the absolute hardest to predict. Fully capturing what an amazing year for music 2017 was, our Go DJs have become locked in a fierce debate. Hot takes and bold predictions were flying back and forth, as to who will be walking away with a solid gold Gramophone.

Mr. Peter Parker

Best Rap performance: “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
Hardest record of the year, video was bananas.

Best Rap/sung performance: “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
Rihanna over everything, this was one of my favorite songs of the year.

Best Rap song: “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
Cardi B’s arrived. Give her the props she deserves.

Best Rap Album:4:44 – Jay-Z
Very thankful for the return of the GOAT, Hov gave us a mature album, well worth the wait.

Best New Artist: Khalid
Dude came outta nowhere, amazing artist with legend status already.

Album Of The YearDamn. — Kendrick Lamar
Front to back/back to front a masterpiece.

Record Of The Year: “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
Shifted the culture when it dropped.

Song Of The Year: “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Made the biggest impact to humanity this year. Crossover smash with a message.

DJ Bonics

Best Rap performance: “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
Not many people out performing Kendrick right now. He’s got the right ingredients of star and street to captivate an audience!

Best Rap/sung performance: “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
Captivating!

Best Rap song: “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
Biggest song of the year!

Best Rap Album4:44 – Jay-Z
This one is tough. But it’s nice to see an OG still put out a great album.

Best New Artist: Khalid
A recent high school graduate that’s 19-years-old with hits that are timeless and melodic. Also didn’t have to do any weird to get attention.

Album Of The Year24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Hits for everybody!

Record Of The Year: “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Although I’d pick “Redbone,” you can’t ignore the impact of this song. Plus my mom loves it!

Song Of The Year: “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
There’s others I like personally but a song from a rap artist that touches people beyond the music is special and important!

Sophia Eris

Best Rap Performance: “Bodak Yellow”

Best Rap/Sung performance: “Loyalty”

Best Rap Song: “The Story of O.J”

Best Rap Album: DAMN

Best New Artist: Khalid

Album Of The Year: DAMN

Record of The Year: “24K Magic”

Song of The Year: “1-800-273-8255”

Auggie 5000

Best Rap performance: “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/sung performance: “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap song: “Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap AlbumDAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Best New Artist: Khalid

Album Of The YearDamn. — Kendrick Lamar

Record Of The Year: “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Song Of The Year: “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

Chaz Kangas

Best Rap performance: “Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert
From a flow standpoint, and the sheer level of how much it was quoted, this was an inescabale on-record rap performance.

Best Rap/sung performance: “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna Everything a rap/sung performance can and should be.

Best Rap song: “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
I think this is the dark horse that will pull the upset as Kendrick and JAY voters will be split, and I don’t know if Cardi has quite the cross-genre industry support yet needed for rap Grammys that Run the Jewels seem to have cultivated.

Best Rap Album: DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
The Grammys owe Kendrick and they won’t forget.

Best New Artist: SZA
She has so much momentum without a lot of representation in the other categories, so I think SZA fans will put their eggs in the Best New Artist basket.

Album Of The Year: Damn. — Kendrick Lamar
The Grammys really own Kendrick, and they won’t forget.

Record Of The Year: “24K Magic”
Bruno Mars None of the other nominees have cross-genre support on the sheer superstar level that Mars has, so I’d be surprised if “Magic” doesn’t happen.

Song Of The Year: “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Grammys are going to make a statement, as their is likely it.

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