Who’s Going Home with a Grammy? FDU Students (Think They) Know

By Patricia Ressell-Deras
Staff Writer

With the 61st Grammy Awards fast approaching on Sunday, Feb. 10, The Equinox conducted a survey of predictions of who is going home with a trophy. We asked 11 freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors, four seniors and even one graduate student to predict who will win. Here are the results:

Song of the Year

The nominees for song of the year are: “All the Stars” – Kendrick Lamar & SZA; “Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai; “God’s Plan” – Drake; “In My Blood” – Shawn Mendes; “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile; “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey; “Shallow” – Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper; “This Is America” – Childish Gambino.

According to FDU students, the Grammy goes to … “God’s Plan.”

Drake’s hit single was released in mid-January of last year and has since dominated the charts. The Canadian rapper’s single streamed over 14 million times worldwide when it dropped and broke Apple Music’s first-day streaming record, according to Billboard. The single carried its rising momentum by leading the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 11 weeks consecutively, only to be overthrown by another of Drake’s songs, “Nice for What.”

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Record of the Year

The nominees for record of the year are: “I Like It” – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin; “The Joke” – Brandi Carlile; “This Is America” – Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan” – Drake; “Shallow” – Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper; “All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar & SZA; “Rockstars” – Post Malone Ft. 21 Savage; “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey.

According to FDU students, the Grammy Goes to… “This Is America.”

The viral hit single was composed by Donald Glover, whose stage name is Childish Gambino. Gambino and Ludwig Göransson produced the song back in May of last year. Both producers worked with recording engineers, Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, Mike Bozzi, Alex Tumay, Riley Mackin and Shaan Singh. The hit also features background vocals from famous American rappers such as Young Thug, Quavo, 21 Savage, etc. This is Gambino’s 12th Grammy nomination and Göransson’s seventh nomination.

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Album of the Year

The nominees for album of the year are: “Invasion of Privacy” – Cardi B; “By The Way, I Forgive You” – Brandi Carlile; “Scorpion” – Drake; “H.E.R.” – H.E.R.; “Beerbongs & Bentleys” – Post Malone; “Dirty Computer” – Janelle Monáe; “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves; “Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By” – Various Artists.

According to FDU students, the Grammy Goes to … “Black Panther.”

“Black Panther: The Album” contains 14 tracks from various artists with a run time of just under 50 minutes. The soundtrack was produced by 12-time Grammy winner, Kendrick Lamar and three-time Grammy winner, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. The album features songs from a broad array of artists such as, SZA, Future, The Weeknd, Travis Scott and more. Among the tracks are two songs that have also been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. The single “All the Stars” is nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. The single “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake, has been nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

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Tune into the Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 P.M. to see if FDU students predicted the future!

Graphics by Patricia Ressell-Deras