Country At The Grammys: Andy’s Predictions Vs. The Actual Winners
While knowing Chris Stapleton would have a huge night, I didn't see him taking three of the four country categories. Had he cloned himself, he might've swept with Duo/Group! Here's the breakdown:
Back in November, I weighed in on the Grammy Awards. Had I not had a soft spot for "Tin Man," a 75% prediction rate wouldn't have looked too shabby. Both are great songs, and in the end Best Country Song went to "Broken Halos."
I also whiffed the Best Country Solo Performance. As much as Maren Morris (who oddly went the pop route Sunday night) is on a roll, this was going to be another face off between Miranda and Chris. In the end, "Either Way" (which was on my list of should've been a huge in '17) beat out "Tin Man, and Sam Hunt. at the expense of one of the biggest songs of 2017 by Sam Hunt. One of the biggest songs of the year, "Body Like A Back Road" threw up a goose egg.
Best Country Duo/Group Performance was probably the most wide open category. Again, likely due to Stapleton being a solo artist. Little Big Town had a solid year, and probably the best song of the nominees. Grammy voters got it right.
This leaves us with Best Country Album. In November I wrote "This one is Chris Stapleton's to lose. From A Room is highly regarded both in and out of country music, and is the only one of nominated to place on a "best of" list outside of it." There was a part who thought Thomas Rhett might make a late run, but in the end, Chris owned the night.