And the Award Goes To Kyle Driscoll January 28, 2018 Reviews We’re swapping The Recording Academy for our very own Editor-in-Chief, Kyle Driscoll. Here’s his take on who should be taking home the gramophones. Record of the Year: “The Story of OJ” A win here would cap off a great year for OJ. Racial epithets haven’t been this catchy since “Gold Digger,” as Jay shows his frequently-absent socially conscious side. And since this is really a producer’s award, the eerie No ID beat should be enough for this one to take home the hardware. Album of the Year: “Awaken, My Love!” It won’t win, but Gambino’s latest LP was his best as he shed hip-hop for the funked-out sounds of the ’70s. The public ogled over Kanye leaving his rap roots with “808s & Heartbreak” and Kendrick channeling George Clinton with “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Donald Glover deserves the same acclaim, but it’s unlikely he’ll get it from the Academy. Song of the Year: “Despacito” What a sorry array of nominees. In such a weak field, the smart money has to be on the biggest hit of the year, which won’t be hurt by a wave of Puerto Rican sympathy. Best New Artist: Khalid Lots of great picks to choose from here, but Khalid was born for this award. He, Cara and SZA appeal to the millennial sentiment in similar ways, but Khalid bests SZA in mainstream appeal, which may be the difference-maker. Also, I’m protesting Cara’s “newness” after having a top 10 hit in 2015.