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:Record of the YearJust like in the Album of the Year category, Record of the Year may come down to Adele (nominated for “Hello”) versus Beyoncé (up for “Formation”). Yet, unlike the albums race, Record of the Year may be even less predictable: the combination of Rihanna and Drake on the chart-topping “Work” may be enough star power to topple either diva, while rock-leaning Grammy voters may gravitate more toward Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” or Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.” Give the slight edge to Adele or Bey for now, but don’t be shocked by any of the five nominees taking this one home.Best New ArtistQuestions abound in the coveted Best New Artist race: will stellar country ladies Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris cancel each other out, or will one rise up to follow in the footsteps of former BNA winners Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes? Can Chance The Rapper really pull a major Grammy win before his official debut album release (and does anyone care that he doesn’t have an official debut album out)? Can Hot 100 all-stars The Chainsmokers become the first EDM-centric winner in this category… ever? Or can Anderson .Paak ride the critical acclaim wave and score without a smash single?Pop Duo/Group PerformanceThree No. 1 smashes, a trio of songs that helped define pop radio in 2016, are nominated here: The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” (feat. Halsey), Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (feat. Sean Paul) and Rihanna’s “Work” (feat. Drake). Also nominated: “7 Years” and “Stressed Out,” two of the most enduring hits of the past year. This is not one of the biggest awards of the evening, but it’s surely one of the most hits-packed — and hard to predict. Best Pop Vocal AlbumThis pop category is especially intriguing because it could give two of the biggest Top 40 artists their first taste of Grammy gold. With Confident, Demi Lovato has notched her first career Grammy nod, so a win would have her batting a thousand; meanwhile, Ariana Grande (who’s also up for best pop solo performance) could snag this for her hits-laden Dangerous Woman LP. Both are facing stiff competition in Justin Bieber, Adele and Sia, but perhaps the voters will spread the love and give one of Lovato or Grande their due.
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