Everything You Should Know Before the Grammys

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Besides harsh temperatures and snuggly outfits the winter also brings us a plethora of awards shows. The most important award show in the music industry is the Grammy’s which is set for Feb. 12. Receiving a golden record player signifies ultimate success for an artist and is sure to catapult rising artists into instant stardom.

This year there is fierce competition between the nominees that leave fans divided over who they want to win. Adele, Beyoncé, Drake, and Justin Bieber are all nominated for Album of the Year dividing those who are fans of more than one artist in the category. The clear underdog for the Album of the Year is Sturgill Simpson whose album, A Sailors Guide to Earth, is the only country roots in the category.

“I think Adele has more passion in her music,” Graham Pellegrino a Penn State sophomore says. “I think she deserves it more than other artists.”

“Lemonade made it socially acceptable to be a crazy girl for once and I have never felt more liberated by a single album in my life,” says Maddie Walsack, a sophomore who is very much in Queen B’s corner.

The artist who is most likely to walk away with an arm full of trophies is a tie between the two queens of our generation: Adele and Beyoncé.

Senior Jermaine Crosson says, “Lemonade was lit, but a little busy and 25 was good, but kind of a sleeper.”

Fan favorite Chance the Rapper is another artist to watch. Chance has been on the music scene for a long time now, writing lyrics for big names like Kanye West. But now, he is finally being recognized for his own talents.

In true Kanye West fashion, Kanye is competing against himself for Best Rap/Sung performance with “Ultralight Beam” and “Famous” both being nominated.

Netflix sensation “Stranger Things” also picked up a nomination for best score competing with some of the best movies of 2016 such as “The Hateful Eight,” “The Revenant,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Don’t forget to tweet Valley at @valleymag with your Grammy predictions and your opinions on who should win.