Predicting the big winners at the Grammy Awards is often a fool’s errand. Unlike the Oscars, which arrive after an endless succession of smaller awards ceremonies, there is no real Grammy bellwether, no way to take the temperature of likely voters. Even trying to read the tea leaves during the ceremony itself can be precarious, as many an artist will seem to be steamrolling through the genre categories during the afternoon’s pre-telecast awards ceremony, only to come up short when the biggest prizes are announced in primetime.
As with every Grammys ceremony, the 59th annual Grammy awards will offer intrigue and excitement in its major categories on Sunday night (Feb. 12). But what are some of the storylines baked into the nominations -- and that make the telecast all the more entertaining? Check out 10 categories worth paying attention to for their highly competitive nature and larger meaning for the possible winners:
Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" surprised many with a nomination for Album of the Year.
We have one homegrown reason to show some interest in Sunday night’s Grammy telecast: Breathitt County native and onetime Versailles dweller Sturgill Simpson, who was playing Lexington clubs with the alt-country troupe Sunday Valley at the start of the decade. He will compete for two high-profile Grammys: country album of the year and the all-genre album of the year. He also will perform.