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