Rihanna May Win This Grammys Category, If History Repeats Itself
With nine nominations to her name, Beyoncé is the most nominated artist of the 2017 Grammys. She also became the most nominated artist of all time, racking up 62 nominations over the course of her 20-year career. Next year, Beyoncé could also become the most winning female artist in Grammys history. Right now, she's seven awards behind Alison Krauss. If Beyoncé beat or tied Krauss she would also beat her and Adele's tied record for most Grammy wins in one night with six trophies. Of course, this is all to say, you don't want to bet against the queen. That is, unless you're placing bets on who is going to win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, then I'd put my money on Rihanna.
Rihanna received eight nominations for 2017, one of which is Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Kanye West's "Famous." In her career, RiRi has won eight Grammys, four of which are for this very category. She also happens to be the female artist with the most wins in Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The only person who has won more in this category is Jay Z, who has won seven. This includes a 2008 win with Rihanna — her first in this category — for her song "Umbrella."
Now, Rihanna's most recent nomination in this category is not for her song, but this may actually increase her odds. Out of her four wins, three of them were for other people's songs. In 2010, she won for Jay Z and West's track "Run This Town." Two years later, she won again for West's "All Of The Lights" — beating herself, since she was nominated for her song "What's My Name?" featuring Drake. She followed that up with another win in 2015 for Eminem's "The Monster."
You may also see a recurring theme that may strengthen her odds: Kanye West. Two of her previous wins were with West, who has taken home four of these statues himself. If anything, he's her biggest competition here, since he is nominated twice in this category. His other nomination is for the Life Of Pablo track "Ultralight Beam," featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream.
But, the odds are still in her favor due to her high average of wins. Out of seven nominations, Rihanna has won four awards, which means she has a winning average of 57 percent. Beyoncé, who is nominated for "Freedom" featuring Kendrick Lamar, has won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration once back in 2004 for "Crazy In Love" featuring Jay Z. This was out of five nominations, giving her an average of 20 percent. West has been nominated 12 times in this category, resulting in an average of 33 percent. And poor Drake may be up for "Hotline Bling," but he's currently zero for four in this category.
Basically, it's all about math. When it comes to Rihanna, the numbers are just on her side, and come Feb. 2, we'll get to see if this all adds up.
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