Grammy Awards Picks for Album, Record, Song of the Year

  • Olivia Rodrigo’s album ‘Sour’ features four top 10 hits, including ‘Drivers License’
  • The breakout star is nominated for seven Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year
  • The 64th Grammy Awards show will take place in Las Vegas on April 3rd, 2022

By the time The Grammys actually take place, the albums it’s recognizing could be known as “classics.” Originally scheduled for January, the biggest night in music is still about three weeks away.

While we don’t know what performers will take the stage on Sunday, April 3, we do know that Trevor Noah will host the 64th edition.

Before we check the odds on the Grammys biggest categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, check out the top betting sites for Entertainment in 2022 and get our updated 2022 Oscar Picks after the SAG Awards.

Album of the year

Olivia Rodrigo - Sour+125
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever+300
T. Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love for Sale+300
Lil Nas X - MONTERO+900
Taylor Swift - Evermore+900
Doja Cat - Planet Her+1200
Kanye West - Donda+2500
H.E.R - Back Of My Mind+2800
Jon Batiste - We Are+3300
Justin Bieber - Justice+3300

The year of Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ (+125) went platinum and earned seven Grammy nominations, so it’s no surprise to see the 19-year-old favored for ‘Album of the Year’. Best known for starring in a Disney+ show for tweens at the start of 2021, Rodrigo’s smash-hit ‘Drivers License’ recently surpassed 1 billion global streams and made her a global superstar.

Rodrigo is a shoo-in for Best New Artist at -1000 and nominated for both Record and Song of the Year as well, but ‘Album’ will be the most difficult award for her to capture. While other singles like ‘Good 4 U’ and ‘Brutal’ made waves, her album may not be viewed as a complete work like Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ (+300) or ‘Love for Sale’ from Tony Bennett  and Lady Gaga (+300). 

Also, consider a wager on MONTERO from Lil Nas X (+900), as it’s genre-bending musical diversity may appeal to voters who like anything from pop to rock to hip-hop. MONTERO was a critics’ favorites of 2021 and a black artist is certainly due to win Album of the Year, having not won since 2008.

Record of the Year

Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license+200
T.Bennett & Lady Gaga - I Get A Kick Out Of You+200
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever+400
Silk Sonic - Leave The Door Open+400
Lil Nas X - Montero (Call Me By Your Name)+800
Doja Cat - Kiss Me More+1400
ABBA - I Still Have Faith In You+2800
Brandi Carlile - Right On Time+4000
Jon Batiste - Freedom+4000
Justin Bieber - Peaches+4000

Silk Sonic for the upset?

To clarify, Record of the Year is the top award to honor an artist’s performance, along with the production and mixing behind a song. The winners in the past 10 years have all been top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, which should bode well for Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ (+200).

Billie Eilish is in the mix again after consecutive wins in this category for “Bad Guy” (2020) and “Everything I Wanted” (2021), but ‘Happier than Ever’ (+400) didn’t make nearly the impact as those other hits. If anyone is going to upset Rodrigo, it might be Silk Sonic (+400), a R&B duo from 11-time Grammy-winner Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak.

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Song of the Year

drivers license - Olivia Rodrigo-200
Happier Than Ever - Billie Eilish+400
Leave The Door Open - Silk Sonic+450
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) - Lil Nas X+1000
Kiss Me More - Doja Cat+1600
Fight For You - H.E.R.+2000
Bad Habits - Ed Sheeran+3300
Peaches - Justin Bieber+3300
A Beautiful Noise - Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile+4000
Right On Time - Brandi Carlile+4000

Clean sweep?

While Record of the Year usually goes to popular hits, the Grammy for Song of the Year honors a track’s writing, including lyrics and melodic composition. That’s not necessarily bad news for Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ (-200), as the 19-year-old is known for her songwriting. Artists have also claimed both these two categories in three of the past five years.

‘Happier Than Ever’ (+400) and ‘Leave the Door Open’ (+450) are again viewed as Rodrigo’s primary competition in this category, but this looks like a clean sweep. Having achieved record sales and incredible critical acclaim, Olivia Rodrigo will own the Grammys this year.

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