Bun B is banking on some upsets at next Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The UGK rapper is a devout Christian, and recently predicted that fellow Christian artists Lecrae and Mali Music would beat out several internationally prominent performers for awards.
Lecrae is up for three Grammys, including two softball categories: Best Gospel Perfomance/Song ("Help" by Naomi Campbell) and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Messengers" with For King & Country).
But its the Best Rap Performance award that will be nearly impossible to snag. That category also features tunes by Eminem, Drake, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar.
Meanwhile, Mali (who's also up for Best Gospel Performance/Song) will need to take down Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Jhene Aiko and Pharrell Williams.
Bun B is not phased.
Here's the official report from Rapzilla (via Christian Post): Bun B, who as a member of the duo UGK was nominated for Best Rap Performance in 2001 and 2008, confirmed that he thinks Lecrae and Mali Music will even win those honors [Best Rap Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album].
"I'm sure that no matter the outcome, they're both very honored to be nominated," Bun B told Rapzilla. "It's great when hard work gets acknowledged. Even better when it's rewarded. I think they got it personally but I know they can handle it gracefully if they don't."
Back in 2014, Lecrae discussed what it's like to reach national prominence after a decade of plugging away in the hip-hop universe.
"The 'Best Rap Song Performance' is like a milestone for me," he said. "It's more about the mission than it is kind of the award for me and what it is, is the mission of just saying that a voice that is not for the degradation of humanity is in the same pipeline with everybody else."
Check out Lecrae's nominated song, "All I Need is You," below: