[REVIEW] 2017 Grammy Predictions x Rock


The rock generation lost a legend in 2016, and I’m hoping that the winners in these categories expands on David Bowie’s legacy (see 2016 list here).

Best Rock Performance (Category 12)
Alabama Shakes – Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)
Beyoncé (feat. Jack White) – Don’t Hurt Yourself
David Bowie – Blackstar
Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan)
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Who Should Win: Alabama Shakes – Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)

Who Will Win: Twenty One Pilots – Heathens

Three-time Grammy award winners Alabama Shakes seem like an easy choice in this category, but Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” nearly demolished rock radio records throughout most of 2016.

Best Metal Performance (Category 13)
Baroness – Shock Me
Gojira – Silvera
Korn – Rotting In Vain
Megadeth – Dystopia
Periphery – The Price Is Wrong

Who Should Win: Baroness – Shock Me

Who Will Win: Megadeth – Dystopia

I fell in love with Baroness after their third album single “March To The Sea”, but I’m betting on legendary metal band Megadeth to pick up this category and secure their first Grammy win ever.

Best Rock Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 14)
David Bowie – Blackstar
Songwriters: David Bowie
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Songwriters: Radiohead
Metallica – Hardwired
Songwriters: James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Songwriters: Tyler Joseph
Highly Suspect – My Name Is Human
Songwriters: Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer, and Johnny Stevens

Who Should Win: Radiohead – Burn The Witch

Who Will Win: David Bowie – Blackstar

All five songs in this category are equally Grammy-worthy, but the win will go to the late David Bowie, who will find it incredibly difficult to pick up wins in the Big Four.

Best Rock Album (Category 15)
Blink-182 – California
Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty
Gojira – Magma
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Weezer – Weezer

Who Should Win: Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty

Who Will Win: Weezer – Weezer

It’s been eight years since Weezer won a Grammy, which will make their win here even more spectacular.

Best Alternative Music Album (Category 16)
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
David Bowie – Blackstar
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Who Should Win: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Who Will Win: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Known as TUA’s favorite category, the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album could go either to Bon Iver or Radiohead, but expect the witch burners to secure a victory for their best album in almost 15 years.

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