Predictions for the mainstream fields have already been covered, but the GRAMMYs have a total of 83 categories and you’d have to be a music genius to known them all. In fact, members are not obliged to vote in all of them. There are, however, some categories where we will find familiar faces, radio-friendly songs, and music videos.
Let’s now take a look at the possible winners in the fields for dance/electronic, Latin music, visual media (music for films/TV, etc..), production, and music video/film.
Best Dance Recording
The rules for this category had been changed to prevent pop singers winning herethat is why, a mainstream pop artist will only be eligible if he or she is collaborating for an EDM producer. Therefore, thanks to 6-time winner Skrillex and Diplo, Justin Bieber will be going home with his first GRAMMY trophy for his collaboration in the number-one dance song “Where Are Ü Now” which definitely revamped Bieber’s career.
Alternate: In case there’s a Lamar-sweep, EDM producer Flying Lotus could also take his first GRAMMY for “Never Catch Me”.
Best Dance/Electronic Album
The most likely choice here would be Jamie xx’s In Colour, considered by many music magazines as the best EDM album of the year.
Alternate: Watch out for Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack Ü collaborative album. Skrillex had won this category twice, though he was snubbed in the last two years.
Best Latin Pop Album
Alejandro Sanz’s Sirope seems to be the most likely choice. The Spanish singer has contended this category three times and is yet to lose. Sanz also won the Latin GRAMMY-equivalent Best Contemporary Pop Album.
Alternate: Another GRAMMY-darling is Ricky Martin. He won this award back in 1999.
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
After winning four Latin GRAMMYs last November, Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia LaFourcade is looking forward to get her first American GRAMMY for the critically-acclaimed Hasta la Raiz.
Alternate: I wouldn’t be surprised if Pitbull wins for Dale. He’s performing in the ceremony and if the category is televised, he’d take this award.
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano)
Los Tigres del Norte are probably the most well-known norteño band in both the U.S. and Latin America. This category also tend to favour U.S.-based artists.
Alternate: Banda El Recodo had existed for almost seven decades and have won multiple GRAMMYs. The album Mi Vicio Mas Grande won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Banda Album.
Best Tropical Latin Album
Not only Todo Tiene Su Hora by Juan Luis Guerra won the prestigious Album of the Year at the 16th Latin GRAMMYs. The Dominican singer/songwriter and father of Bachata music has won three GRAMMYs so far.
Alternate: American and Puerto Rican artists tend to be favoured in the Latin field of the anglophone GRAMMYs. If that’s the case salsa artist Victor Manuelle will win for Que Suenen Los Tambores.
Best Americana Album
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell won this category in 2014, they are up again for The Traveling Kind. Also among the most acclaimed albums of the year, it’d be a surprise if they lose
Alternate: One of the most acclaimed-albums of the year was Something More than Free by Alabama musician Jason Isbell.
Best Song Written for Visual Media
For the last three years, the Oscar winner for Best Original Song ultimately also wins this category. This trend is set to continue this year as the favourite are John Legend and Common for “Glory” from the movie Selma.
Alternate: Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary film The Hunting Ground is another favourite. The song is also up for the Oscar and Warren won in 1997.
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Diplo has the edge here considering that he’s nominated for producing some of this year’s biggest hits, much like the previous two winners: Max Martin and Pharrell Williams.
Alternate: Blake Mills is nominated for the only one album he produced in the year and that is the Album of the Year-nod Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes.
Best Music Video
“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar was the most elaborated, most expensive and most viewed music video of the year (until Adele’s “Hello” was released). Since this duo may lose the Pop Duo/Group category, voters would like to reward both artists at once in this category. Director Joseph Khan won this award in 2003.
Alternate: Kendrick Lamar’s black-and-white and socially-charged video for “Alright” was considered one of the best music videos of the year.
Best Music Film
Amy is not strictly a music film, however, it is hard to imagine that after receiving nods for the Oscars and BAFTAs, it’d lose in the GRAMMYs.
Alternate: The only good thing about Foo Fighter’s Sonic Highways was the journey the Foos embarked on to create the record, and that’s what this film is about.