On Sunday, the entertainment industry’s established elite and up-and-coming artists will descend upon Madison Square Garden to enjoy music’s biggest night of the year: the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. With an impressive and expansive list of nominees this year, Pandora has already predicted this year’s Grammy winners, thanks to some savvy data wrangling by the streaming music service.

Every time you hit the thumbs up button on Pandora, you did more than just tell the streaming service’s AI what tunes to play—it also gave Pandora a sense of what the most popular songs and artists are as well. According to a spokesperson, the statistical gurus at Pandora examined the number of times a listener gave a song a thumbs up and then compared that number to the number of times that song spun, over the past year.

Dayle Dempsey, Pandora’s manager of customer communications, said that their Grammy winner predictions aren’t just a straight popularity contest. “The good thing about this methodology is that it doesn’t give preference to huge, established acts,” Dempsey said in a statement. It “allows room for less mainstream acts to stage an upset,” she added.

So, who does Pandora predict will take home those golden gramophones? Here’s its full list of 2018 Grammy winner predictions.

Album of the Year

DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year

HUMBLE by Kendrick Lamar

Best New Artist


Song of the Year

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi

Rap Album

Tyler the Creator’s Flower Boy

Rock Album

Nothing More’s The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Country Album

Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes

Pop Album

Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 27 on CBS.

What do you think: did Pandora get it right this year? Share in the comments— and tune in Sunday and come back here to see how Pandora did!

—Keiko Zoll



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