The Official 2018 Grammy Awards Predictions Part 2: Best New Artist, R&B And Country Categories

On Sunday, The Late Late Show host James Corden will help the Recording Academy celebrate the best recording artists and producers in the industry!

In Part 2 of our 2018 Grammy series, Enstars locks in our predictions on who will walk away with Album of The Year, Best New Artist, and essential races in both the R&B and Country categories.

Album of the Year

Our Predicted Winner: Damn by Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar had an incredible 2017. Rolling Stone named Damn one of the best albums of 2017 and several of the album's tracks were placed on several Best Of lists. Also, Lamar had strong collaborations with Rihanna and U2 that put him in the best spot to walk away with this award.

Best New Artist

Our Predicted Winner: Julia Michaels.

While Khalid may receive some love from the Recording Academy, it will be hard to ignore Julia Michaels' story. After co-writing hits for pop artists such as Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez, Michaels stepped into the spotlight and delivered good material throughout the 2017 Grammy Awards eligibility period. The The Voice: Season 14 Battle Round adviser would be in good company as coaches Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine won this award.

Best R&B Performance

Our Predicted Winner: "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars.

Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" easily walks away with this Grammy award. At the end of 2017, Billboard placed the track at the number one spot on four different charts. The song played to Mars' strength, and it brilliantly showcased his voice.

Best R&B Song

Our Predicted Winner: "Location" by Khalid.

While it would be easy to predict that the Recording Academy would give this award to Mars, we believe that rising star Khalid should win this prize. If the future Bonnaroo and Music Arts Festival performer wins the award, it will inspire his generation of performers to chase their respective dreams as a musician.

Best R&B Album

Our Predicted Winner: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

Just like the Best R&B Performance category, Mars should easily win this award. The 24K Magic production team created an impeccable record that not only honors some of the legendary masters of the genre, but also created chart-toppers that satisfied numerous generations of music aficionados.

Best Country Solo Performance

Our Predicted Winner: "Tin Man" by Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert overcame the constant bombardment of the Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani couple coverage and delivered some of her best material in years with her post-divorce studio album: The Weight of These Wings. "Tin Man" is a haunting track and it would send a message to the country music world that might have written her off.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance And Best Country Song

Our Predicted Winners: "Better Man" by Little Big Town

We believe that Taylor Swift handed Little Big Town a massive hit when she wrote "Better Man" for the country quartet. This song should win not only the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy award but also the Best Country Song Grammy as well.

The 60th Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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