American Songwriter’s Staff Predictions for the 2022 Grammy Awards

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards are finally here.

After a postponement in January due to an upswing in Omicron cases, The Recording Academy rescheduled the award ceremony for Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcasted from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT.

In celebration of the event, American Songwriter’s staff put our heads together to predict the winners of a just a few categories. For the categories of General Field, Pop, Rock, Alternative, R&B, Rap, Country, and American Roots Music we chose one or two nominations that we think have a good shot at taking home the Grammy.

Read below for a few of our predictions, and see if you agree.


General Field

Record of the Year

I Still Have Faith in YouABBA
FreedomJon Batiste
I Get a Kick Out of YouTony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Peaches, Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon
Right on TimeBrandi Carlile
Kiss Me More, Doja Cat feat. SZA
Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish
Montero (Call Me By Your Name)Lil Nas X
drivers licenseOlivia Rodrigo
Leave the Door OpenSilk Sonic

American Songwriter Picks: (Split) Rodrigo’sdrivers license“or Eilish’s”Happier Than Ever

Album of the Year

We AreJon Batiste
Love for SaleTony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe)Doja Cat
Happier Than EverBillie Eilish
Back of My MindHERE
MonteroLil Nas X
SourOlivia Rodrigo
evermoreTaylor Swift
DondaKanye West

American Songwriter Picks: Eilish’s Happier Than Ever

Song of the Year

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon
“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. SZA
“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish
“Fight for You,” HER
“A Beautiful Noise,” Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X
“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo
“Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran
“Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic

American Songwriter Picks: Rodrigo’s “drivers license”

Best New Artist

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

American Songwriter Picks: Olivia Rodrigo

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Anyone,” Justin Bieber
“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile
“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish
“positions,” Ariana Grande
“drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo

American Songwriter Picks: (SplitCarlile’s “Right on Time” or Rodrigo’s “drivers license”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
“Lonely,” Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
“Butter,” BTS
“Higher Power,” Coldplay
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. SZA

American Songwriter Picks: Gaga and Bennett’s “I Get a Kick Out of You”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)Justin Bieber
Planet Her (Deluxe)Doja Cat
Happier Than EverBillie Eilish
positionsAriana Grande
SourOlivia Rodrigo

American Songwriter Picks: Eilish’s Happier Than Ever

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

love for sale, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Til We Meet Again (Live), Norah Jones
A Tori Kelly Christmas, Tori Kelly
Lady Sings Nina, Lidisi
That’s Life, Willie Nelson
A Holly Dolly Christmas, Dolly Parton

American Songwriter Picks: Gaga and Bennett’s Love for Sale

Rock

Best Rock Performance

“Shot in the Dark,” AC/DC
“Know You Better (Live from Capitol Studio A),” Black Pumas
“Nothing Compares 2 U,” Chris Cornell
“Ohms,” Deftones
“Making a Fire,” Foo Fighters

American Songwriter Picks: Foo Fighters’ “Making a Fire”

Best Rock Song

“Waiting on a War,” Foo Fighters
“The Bandit,” Kings of Leon
“Distance,” Mammoth WVH
“Find My Way,” Paul McCartney
“All My Favorite Songs,” Weezer

American Songwriter Picks: Foo Fighters’ “Waiting on a War”

Best Rock Album

Power UpAC/DC
Capitol Cuts — Live from Studio ABlack Pumas
No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vol. 1Chris Cornell
Medicine at MidnightFoo Fighters
McCartney IIIPaul McCartney

American Songwriter Picks: Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

ShoreFleet Foxes
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want PowerHalsey
JubileeJapanese Breakfast
Collapsed in SunbeamsArlo Parks
Daddy’s Home, Vincent

American Songwriter Picks: (SplitFleet Foxes’ Shore or Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

R&B

Best R&B Performance

“Lost You,” Snoh ​​Aalegra
“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Giveon and Daniel Caesar
“Damage,” HER
“Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan

American Songwriter Picks: Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“I Need You,” Jon Batiste
“Bring It on Home to Me,” BJ the Chicago Kid, PJ Morton, and Kenyon Dixon feat. Charlie Bereal
“Born Again,” Leon Bridges feat. Robert Glasper
“Fight for You,” HER
“How Much Can a Heart Take,” Lucky Daye feat. Yebba

American Songwriter Picks: Jon Batiste’s “I Need You”

Best R&B Song

“Heartbreak Anniversary,” Giveon
“Damage,” HER
“Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan
“Good Days,” SZA

American Songwriter Picks: HER’s “Damage”

Best Progressive R&B Album

New LightEric Bellinger
Something to SayCory Henry
Mood ValiantHiatus Kaiyote
Table for TwoLucky Day
Dinner Party: DessertTerrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington
Studying Abroad: Extended StayMasego

American Songwriter Picks: (Split) Lucky Daye’s Table for Two or Dinner Party: Dessert

Best R&B Album

Temporary Highs in the Violet SkiesSnoh ​​Aalegra
We AreJon Batiste
Gold-Diggers SoundLeon Bridges
Back of My MindHERE
Heaux TalesJazmine Sullivan

American Songwriter Picks: (Split) Jon Batiste’s We Are or HER’s Back of My Mind

Rap

Best Rap Performance

“Family Ties,” Baby Keem feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Up,” Cardi B
“My Life,” J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray
“Thot Shit,” Megan Thee Stallion

American Songwriter Picks: Megan The Stallion’s “Thot Shit”

Best Rap Album

The Off-SeasonJ. Cole
King’s Disease IInas
Call Me If You Get LostTyler, the Creator
DondaKanye West

American Songwriter Picks: Tyler, the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost

Best Melodic Rap Performance

“Pride Is the Devil,” J. Cole feat. Lil Baby
“Need to Know,” Doja Cat
“Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
“WusYaName,” Tyler, the Creator feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Ty Dola $ign
“Hurricane,” Kanye West feat. the Weeknd and Lil Baby

American Songwriter Picks: Kanye West’s “Hurricane”

Best Rap Song

“My Life,” J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray
“Bath Salts,” DMX feat. Jay-Z and Nas
“Family Ties,” Baby Keem feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Best Friend,” Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
“Jail,” Kanye West feat. Jay-Z

American Songwriter Picks: DMX’s “Bath Salts”

Country

Best Country Solo Performance

“Forever After All,” Luke Combs
“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton
“All I Do Is Drive,” Jason Isbell
“Camera Roll,” Kacey Musgraves
“You Should Probably Leave,” Chris Stapleton

American Songwriter Picks: Mickey Guyton’s “Remember Her Name”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“If I Didn’t Love You,” Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne
“Glad You Exist,” Dan + Shay
“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King and Miranda Lambert

American Songwriter Picks: Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s “If I Didn’t Love You”

Best Country Song

“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton
“Better Than We Found It,” Maren Morris
“Camera Roll,” Kacey Musgraves
“Country Again,” Thomas Rhett
“Cold,” Chris Stapleton

American Songwriter Picks: Guyton’s “Remember Her Name”

Best Country Album

Skeletons – Brothers Osborne.
Remember Her Name — Mickey Guyton.
The Marfa Tapes — Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall.
The Ballad of Dood and Juanita — Sturgill Simpson.
Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

American Songwriter picks: Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over

Best American Roots Performance

CryJon Batiste
Love And RegretBilly Strings
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be FreeThe Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
Same DevilBrandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile
NightflyerAllison Russell

American Songwriter Picks: Brand Clark feat. Brandi Carlile’s Same Devil

Best American Roots Song

“Avalon,” Rhiannon Giddins With Francesco Turrisi
“Bored,” Linda Chorney featuring Becca Byram, EJ Ouellette & Trevor Sewellzz
“Call Me A Fool,” Valerie June featuring Carla Thomas
“Cry,” Jon Batiste
“Diamond Studded Shoes,” Yola
“Nightflyer,” Allison Russell

American Songwriter Picks: Yola’s “Diamond Studded Shoes”

Best Americana Album

Downhill From EverywhereJackson Browne
Leftover FeelingsJohn Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
Native SonsLos Lobos
Outside ChildAllison Russell
Stand For MyselfYola

American Songwriter Picks: Allison Russell’s Outside Child

Best Bluegrass Album

RenewalBilly Strings
My Bluegrass HeartBéla Fleck
A Tribute To Bill MonroeThe Infamous Stringdusters
Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)Sturgill Simpson
Music Is What I SeeRhonda Vincent

American Songwriter Picks: Billy Strings’ Renewal

Best Traditional Blues Album

100 Years Of BluesElvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite
Traveler’s BluesBlues Traveler
I Be TryingCedric Burnside
Be Ready When I Call YouGuy Davis
Take Me BackKim Wilson

American Songwriter Picks: Blues Traveler’s Traveler’s Blues

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Delta CreamThe Black Keys featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown
Royal TeaJoe Bonamassa
Uncivil WarShemekia Copeland
Fire It UpSteve Cropper
662Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

American Songwriter Picks: Joe Bonamassa’s Royal Tea

Best Folk Album

One Night Lonely [Live]Mary Chapin Carpenter
Long Violent HistoryTyler Childers
Wednesday (Extended Edition)Madison Cunningham
They’re Calling Me HomeRhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
Blue Heron SuiteSarah Jarosz

American Songwriter Picks: Rhiannon Giddens’ They’re Calling Me Home

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Live In New Orleans!Sean Ardoin And Kreole Rock And Soul
Bloodstains & TeardropsBig Chief Monk Boudreaux
My PeopleCha Wa
Corey Ledet ZydecoCorey Ledet Zydeco
Kau Ka Pe’aKalani Pe’a

American Songwriter Picks: Sean Ardoin and Kreole Rock And Soul’s Live In New Orleans!


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