Pop titans to square off at Staples Center
On Sunday night, two of the most revered figures in modern music will clash for Record of the Year honors at the 2017 Grammys. So does Beyoncé or Adele have the upper hand heading into the festivities?
Online sports book Bovada.lv currently gives the British songstress’ “Hello” odds of -500 to reign supreme in the aforementioned category. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s fiery “Formation” (+500) is expected to fall just short. Rihanna’s “Work,” Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” and Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” round out the list of nominees.
As the lead single off 25, Adele’s immensely popular third studio album, “Hello” absolutely dominated the charts as 2015 drew to a close. Trafficking in equal parts melancholy and catharsis, the ballad delivered the six-time Grammy winner’s powerhouse vocals in spades. One could argue that it has even surpassed “Rolling In the Deep” as the quintessential track in her career oeuvre.
Where “Hello” gradually builds to an emotional crescendo, though, “Formation” giddily produces an assault on the senses right away. Beyonce’s in a different place as an artist here, with a hypnotic beat and call-to-action lyrics underscoring a striking a sense of urgency. Whether such an in-your-face metamorphosis plays with older voters, of course, remains to be seen.