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2016 Grammy Awards Predictions: The Boot Readers vs. Staff

2016 Grammy Awards predictions
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Music’s Biggest Night is just around the corner, and The Boot’s readers and staff have made their winners predictions.

The 2016 Grammy Awards will feature nine country-, Americana-, bluegrass-, folk- and roots-specific categories. Below, see who The Boot’s readers think will take home each award, and how their predictions compare to our staff’s guesses. We’ll update this post with the real winners as they are announced, as a fun comparison.

While the Grammys are a celebration of all genres of music, country will be well represented throughout the 2016 awards ceremony. Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit will team with Jackson Browne to perform a tribute to their recently deceased Eagles bandmate Glenn FreyChris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. will honor the late B.B. King; and Luke BryanJohn Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor will pay tribute to Lionel Richie, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year.

Additionally, Taylor Swift will be opening the televised portion of the awards, and the MavericksCarrie UnderwoodSam Hunt and Little Big Town are all set to perform. Cam will also be presenting one of the evening’s trophies.

The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Feb. 15 beginning at 8PM ET. The televised ceremony will be preceded by the 2016 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which is scheduled to run from 3:30PM ET until 6:30PM ET, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. The latter event will be streamed live via the Grammy Awards’ official website and

2016 Grammy Awards Winners Predictions: Readers vs. Staff

Best Country Album

Readers: Montevallo, Sam Hunt
Staff: Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Winner: Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song

Readers: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Staff: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Winner: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Best Country Solo Performance

Readers: “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban
Staff: “Burning House,” Cam
Winner: “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo / Group Performance

Readers: “If I Needed You,” Joey + Rory
Staff: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
Winner: “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Best Americana Album

Readers: Mono, The Mavericks
Staff: Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell
Winner: Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell

Best American Roots Song

Readers: “All Night Long,” The Mavericks
Staff: “24 Frames,” Jason Isbell
Winner: “24 Frames,” Jason Isbell

Best American Roots Performance

Readers: “Born to Play Guitar,” Buddy Guy
Staff: “Julep,” Punch Brothers
Winner: “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Mavis Staples

Best Bluegrass Album

Readers: In Session, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Staff: The Muscle Shoals Recordings, The SteelDrivers
Winner: The Muscle Shoals Recordings, The SteelDrivers

Best Folk Album

Readers: Didn’t He Ramble, Glen Hansard
Staff: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Winner: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

NEXT: Top 10 Country Grammy Awards Moments

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