- Trevor Noah hosts the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, March 14th, 2021
- Major categories up for grabs at the Grammys include Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and the coveted and cursed Best New Artist
- Read on for an analysis of the best pick and the ultimate strong dark horse contender for Record of the Year
Traditionally held in late January or early February, COVID-19 pushed the Grammys back to March 14th. This Sunday, the Recording Academy celebrates musical releases from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. We’ll be taking a look at the top contenders to win Record of the Year in the 63rd Grammy Awards odds.
Grammy opening odds were released as early as December for all major categories including, Record of the Year, an award that honors the performer, the producers, and the musical engineers regardless of sales or chart position. As we edge closer to the Grammys, odds continue to fluctuate in each category.
Odds for Record of the Year at 63rd Grammy Awards
|“Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa||-200|
|“Black Parade” – Beyonce||+650|
|“Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish||+650|
|“Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyonce||+700|
|“Say So” – Doja Cat||+1100|
|“Circles” – Post Malone||+1400|
|“Rockstar” – DaBaby Featuring Roddy Rich||+1800|
|“Colors” – Black Pumas||+2500|
Odds as of March 12, 2021
Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now Leads the Pack
Dua means love in Albanian. The English songwriter and songstress brings back disco in a fury with her hit single “Don’t Start Now”. The single shares a slew of love don’ts for an ex while raking in three different Grammy nominations. Dua took home Best New Artist in 2019. Will “Don’t Start Now” ward off the curse of Best New Artist?
— E! News (@enews) March 8, 2021
Dua is up for a total of six Grammys. Favored at -200 odds, Dua will win Record of the Year for “Don’t Start Now”. Dua won the heart of Grammy voters last year. She is primed for another round of success as voters give her plenty of Grammy nods this year, while snubbing the likes of The Weeknd.
Pick: Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” (-200)
Queen Bey Looks for Her Crown
The Beyhive is buzzing with excitement as Beyonce’s single “Black Parade” and her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion both make the Record of the Year nominee list. Queen Bey has been nominated in this category multiple times without much success in securing the Gram. Could this be her year?
And the Grammy for record of the year goes to….
— MissClout (@B7Baddie) March 6, 2021
While “Black Parade” has been regarded as mid-tier quality by critics, the song made headlines. Beyonce released the song on Juneteenth to celebrate the end of slavery and to promote small black-owned businesses. In the wake of Black Lives Matter and the country’s quest to evaluate societal racism, “Black Parade” contributed to the focus on cultural shift.
Record of the Year is about the performer, the producers, and the engineers. This could be the year performance is defined by more than dancing and singing on a stage. This could be the year, voters take a look at when and how a single is released and its impact on society. If you’re looking for an underdog pick, double down on “Black Parade”.
.@nytimes Beyoncé is her biggest rival at this #GRAMMYs awards, at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, there will be no shortage of big names in the main categories, but only one has the real heavyweight showdown: Beyoncé vs. Beyoncé." pic.twitter.com/IbolAF3mcI
— BEYONCÉ NEWS (@BeyonceHiveNews) March 10, 2021
What about Beyonce’s Megan Thee Stallion collaboration? The more savage the risk, the better the payout. This collab pays out a pretty +700. Are you looking for something more mainstream and catchy to put your money on? Bet on Bey being her own competition. Looking at nominees across all categories, it is clear the Recording Academy favors catchy radio favorites making “Savage” a great underdog pick.
Underdog Picks: Black Parade (+650) or Savage (+700)
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