The Vibe Staff Grammy Winner Predictions

We’re only hours away from the world’s grandest music award show and anticipation is higher than Jim Jones. New history is inevitable. Underdogs will be learned and superstars affirmed. Everybody’s got their list of hopeful winners and predicted losers, including us. So it’s only right we share our picks with y’all. We had our staff and contributors individually select winners for each category relevant to Vibe. The majority pick for each award is the official Vibe prediction. Check out our winners and compare ‘em to yours.


RECORD OF THE YEAR: “I Gotta Feeling”, Blackeyed Peas

“Definitely the biggest song of the year, half a year on the charts at No. 1” – Clover Hope aka Clovito, Senior Editor



ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Fame, Lady Gaga

“Lady Gaga is easily one of the most unique and talented artists to come around in a too long. She writes her own songs, has a style unlike anybody before her, and I think that the Grammy voters will recognize her for it.” – Jon Eiseman, Intern



SONG OF THE YEAR: “Single Ladies,” Beyonce

 “I agree with Kanye on this one. How many renditions of the song did people make? If she can make Justin Timberlake wear a unitard and get almost every woman to tell their man to put a ring on it, she’s alright with me”– Alexis W, Online Marketing Director




“MGMT was big for me in '08 but I guess they're finally getting their due.” – Adrien Field, Fashion Content Producer



BEST R&B SONG: “Pretty Wings”, Maxwell

 “This is the one song on the list that actually epitomizes R&B. Although I wish Jamie Foxx would win for “Blame It,” I don't think the Grammy committee goes out enough to recognize the true beauty of that song.” – JFK, Deputy Editor


BEST R&B ALBUM: Blacksummers’ Night, Maxwell

“This was the most complete R&B album of 2009. Excuse me, it the most complete album that was nominated (The-Dream, anyone?)” – Brad Wete, Content Producer



BEST RAP SONG: “Best I Ever Had”, Drake

“Drake will do it off a mixtape. Sorry Jay...” – Mikey Fresh, Video Content Producer


BEST RAP ALBUM: The Renaissance, Q-Tip

“Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 and Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 just missed the Grammy's Aug. 31 cut-off date. That left the mighty Mos and Tip. A ridiculously close contest, the former ATCQ frontman wins for a seriously slept-on work that has heart and skillful saavy, showing that hip hop’s not just a youngster’s game.” – Keith Murphy, Senior Editor


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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."


it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.


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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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Travis Scott's February Show At The Forum Helped Him Make History

Travis Scott had a historic night back in February, when he managed to make $1.7 million in one night for his Los Angeles Astroworld Tour stop. Not only did he manage to sellout over 16,000 tickets, he also joined the ranks of some huge names who have sold out The Forum more than once in a 12-month span.

"Travis now joins legends like Garth Brooks, Juan Gabriel, The Grateful Dead, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Sting and Michael Jackson to accomplish repeat sellouts since 1990," writes TMZ of the major feat. He sold out The L.A. venue for his Dec. 19 and 20 shows.

The rapper has a lot to celebrate these days. His hit "Sicko Mode" has been in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 for 32 weeks, one of five songs in history to do so. It peaked at No. 1 and currently sits at No. 10. He also recently sat down with Playboy for an intimate interview with Nas, where they discussed the current state of the hip-hop game and the Internet's influence.

"We came up on iPhones, you know what I mean?" he said when commenting on the differences between Nas' generation and his. "We’re at a point now where we don’t even write our raps down. We’re just going straight off the dome in the booth. I know from people I work with, like Young Thug and Quavo, most everyone likes going in and just laying down whatever’s on their minds."

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