TORONTO – Toronto’s newest music connoisseur, social media celebrity and full-time city councillor is giving his winning picks for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
The 58th annual Grammys will air Monday night and Toronto city councillor and Drake super-fan Norm Kelly is weighing in with his predictions on the evening’s winners.
Here are his picks:
Song Of The Year
“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
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“Girl Crush” — Little Big Town
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
For the category of Song of the Year, Kelly said “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa is the clear winner.
“There was a straight forwardness to it, a clarity to it and an emotional tug,” Kelly said.
Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Kelly has formed a special bond with Canadian rapper Drake and for the category of “Best Rap Album,” Kelly said Drake’s If you’re reading this it’s too late is the clear winner.
“I liked it so much that it’s part of the background music in my office,” Kelly said.
“I think the runaway winner is Drake’s If you’re reading this it’s too late … this is a no brainer. This is the one that should win.”
For a final category, Kelly was in tough with some of the music industry’s newest talent.
Best New Artist
Kelly is smitten with new artist Tori Kelly – and not because they share the same name – but admits pop star Meghan Trainor will likely win the prize.
“She’s professionally packaged for the stadium arena audience,” he said.
Kelly added he is mostly correct in his predictions but will be closely tuning in to the music award show on Monday night.