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Grammy Awards Betting Odds: “DAMN.”, “Despacito” Favored In Key Races

Odds have emerged for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Kendrick Lamar in Humble | TDE / Interscope

Only ten days remain until the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

As anticipation builds for the ceremony, odds have emerged for this year’s key awards races.

Bookmakers have issued odds (and are offering action) on the “Big Four” awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

In recent years, the odds have served as solid — but not perfect — indicators of the final outcomes.

The betting favorite lost in only one of the top four races in 2017 (Adele’s “25” beat Beyonce’s favored “Lemonade” for Album of the Year), 2016 (Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” beat Taylor Swift’s favored “Blank Space” for Song of the Year), 2015 (Beck’s “Morning Phase” beat Beyonce’s favored “Beyonce” for Album of the Year), 2014 (Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” beat Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ favored “The Heist” for Album of the Year), 2013 (Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” beat fun.’s favored “We Are Young” for Record of the Year) and 2012 (Bon Iver beat the favored Nicki Minaj for Best New Artist).

How will the oddsmakers fare this year? We will find out on January 28.

For now, let’s take a look at how they expect the night to unfold (based on active lines at Paddy Power).

Reading Betting Odds: Negative number = how much you have to bet to win $100 / Positive number = how much you win if you bet $100 | In other words, the lower the number, the better the odds.

Album of the Year:
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. +125 (favorite)
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic +333
Lorde – Melodrama +333
Jay-Z – 4:44 +400
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love +600

Record of the Year:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito -188 (favorite)
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. +200
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic +600
Childish Gambino – Redbone +1400
Jay-Z – The Story Of OJ +1400

Song of the Year:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito -120 (favorite)
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 +250
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like +400
Jay-Z – 4:44 +750
Julia Michaels – Issues +1000

Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara +163
SZA +163
Khalid +450
Julia Michaels +500
Lil Uzi Vert +800

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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