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2017 Grammy Preview: Industry Insiders on the Artists to Watch

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The trophy of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11,  2007. 

From Beyonce to Adele to the presumed Prince tribute, here's what industry insiders predict for the 2017 Grammys. 

"There's no way we won't get a Prince tribute, and there's no way Questlove won't be involved. I can see Beyoncé having a moment and Dave Grohl crushing the guitar solo on 'Purple Rain.' The Grammys love Dave Grohl."   -- Jess Besack, director of music programming, SiriusXM

Adele, Beyoncé and David Bowie are locks for album of the year nominations, but Adele and Beyoncé could cancel each other out." -- Diane Warren, songwriter

"It will be interesting to see how voters treat Kanye, Chance the Rapper and Drake. Will they finally grasp that hip-hop is the most fearlessly experimental category of popular music, bar none?" -- Mike Caren, creative officer, Warner Music Group

"Paul Simon's Stranger to Stranger and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth have real shots at getting lots of nominations." -- Danny Strick, co-president, Sony/ATV U.S. Music Publishing

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 3 issue of Billboard.

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