Needless to say, it was a Grammy year like no other.
The year for participation in the 63rd annual Grammy Awards ends today (August 31). Needless to say, it was a Grammy year like no other.
In the middle of the eligibility year, which began on September 1, 2019, a global pandemic affected virtually every aspect of American life. On May 25, the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis put a bright spot on the race.
How will these events affect Grammy nominations? We will not know for sure until the nominations are announced later this year. (Last year’s nods were announced on November 20 to give you some idea of the weather.) Here are 1
Taylor Swift: Swift is likely to release his fourth album of the year Folklore. Her last two studio albums, Reputation and Lover, have moved into this category of tents, but Folklore is received warmer. To date, only one female artist, Barbra Streisand, has received four or more Album of the Year nominations. (This legendary star garnered six nods.) But this year, Swift, Lady Gaga, and an all-female trio, The Chicks, could land in fourth place. Folklore has topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks, putting him in a tripartite relationship with Post Malone’s Bleeding in Hollywood and Lil Baby My turn for at most weeks at number 1 this year. (Of course, Folklore can be added to its total value.)
Swift’s “Cardigan”, which entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 1, has a good chance to nod song of the year. This would be Swift’s fifth nod in this category, which would be more than any other songwriter. Swift is currently linked to lyricist Marilyn Bergman as the most nominated female songwriter, with four nods each.
Weekend: The Weeknd is almost ready to receive its second record of the year, which nodded for “Blinding Lights”, which went number four on the Hot 100 for four weeks. The R&B / pop star will probably receive his second album of the year nodding for In hours. The Weeknd was nominated in these categories five years ago for “Can’t Feel My Face” and The beauty behind the madness, respectively.
Blinding Lights won a video for the year at the MTV Video Awards on August 30th. If he also won a record of the year – a great opportunity – this would be only the second work to win both awards. The first? “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” on Green Day 15 years ago.
Harry Styles: The pop idol has a good chance to upload nominations for record, album and song of the year. These will be the first Grammy nominations for Styles – in each category, alone or as part of One Direction. The only question is whether the Nomination Review Committee, which determines the final nominations in the Big Four categories, will favor “I adore you” or the sexy summer smash “Watermelon Sugar” (hit number 1 in the Hot 100).
Fiona Apple: Apple has a good chance of inviting album of the year to criticize it Take the bolt cutters. Apple has twice been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, but has not been nominated in the Big Four category since it was the best finalist for a new artist 23 years ago. Bring it will be the first alternative album of a female solo artist, nominated for album of the year after “Sinéad O’Connor” I don’t want what I didn’t get 30 years ago.
Billy Isle: Eilish has a good chance of uploading a record and the song of the year nods to either “Everything I Wanted” or the newer “My Future”. Eilish won both awards last year for “Bad Guy.” She will become the first artist to be nominated for a record of the year after winning U2 nearly two decades ago. The Irish band won the 2000 Beautiful Day Award and was nominated again the following year with Walk On, which they also won.
Maren Morris: The multifunctional singer has a good chance to break her second record of the year for her country for her ballad “Bones”. Maren was nominated two years ago for “The Middle,” her crushing pop hit with Zed and Gray. Morris will join Swift in the shortlist of artists who have received nominations for record of the year for both pop and country records. Swift was nominated in the category once when she was the main country performer (for “You belong to me”), once when she flirted with a pop, but still officially country (“We never come back together”) and twice as a pure pop artist (“Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”).
Lady Gaga: Gaga could give her first album of the year with a nod in nine years Chromatica. Gaga’s three previous nods in this category were for Glory (2009), The monster of glory (2010) and Born this way (2011). Moreover, Gaga and Ariana Grande could set a record for nomination for the year for their “Rain on Me” hit, which entered the Hot 100 at number 1. This would be the second nod in this category for both artists. Gaga was previously nominated for Poker Face; Grande, last year, for “7 Rings”.
Megan You Stallion-Beyonce: Their collapse, “Savage”, hit number 1 on the Hot 100, has a good chance of a record for the nomination for the year. This would be Beyoncé’s sixth nod in this category, which would allow her to surpass Streisand as the female performer with the most nods in her career. By the way, if “Savage” and “Rain on Me” were nominated for record of the year, it would be the first time in Grammy history that two all-female collabs were nominated in that category that same year. Only two all-female cakes have ever been nominated for record of the year: Brandi and Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998) and Iggy Azalea / Charli XCX “Fancy” (2014).
Post Malone: Posty will probably be nominated for Album of the Year for Bleeding in Hollywood and a record of the year for the wonderful Circle ear candy. This will be his second album of the year, which he nods, and his third record of the year in so many years. He was nominated two years ago for “Rockstar” starring 21 Savage, and last year for “Sunflower”, his team with Sue Lee. Post is vying to become only the fourth artist in Grammy history to make the finals in this category for three (or more) years. The first three were Frank Sinatra (who was nominated for four consecutive years from 1958-61), Roberta Flack (1972-74) and Steve Winwood (1986-88). (That would make a pretty cool quartet.)
Lil Baby: “The Bigger Picture,” in which Lil Baby demonstrates her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, has a good chance of nodding a song of the year. Her “I Can’t Breathe”, which won the VMA award in the socially best video for a good category, can also be nominated. Several followers have been nominated for Song of the Year in recent years, namely Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” (2015), Beyoncé’s “Formation” (2016) and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” (2018, which also won a song, and record of the year). “The Bigger Picture,” which was released less than three weeks after the murder of George Floyd, entered the Hot 100 at number three. The aforementioned Lil Baby album, My turn, is also in play for the album of the year nod.
Luke Combs: Combs’ second-year album What you see is what you get has a good chance to upload an album of the year nod. The album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard 200 and ranked No. 1 in Top Country Albums for 26 weeks. No album in the country was nominated for album of the year last year. Casey Musgraves Golden hour was nominated (and won) two years ago.
The chickens: Gaslighter, the provincial trio ‘s first studio album in 14 years, could bring them back to the album’ s final of the year. Chicks’ last three studio albums, Flying (1999), At home (2002) and Taking the long road (2006), all were nominated in this category. If Gaslighter is nominated, The Chicks will become the first act to make the album of the year final with four consecutive studio albums since Billy Joel made it with 52nd Street (1979), Glass houses (1980), The nylon curtain (1982) and An innocent man (1983).
Roddy Rich: Rich could land two the record of the year nods, for his own “The Box”, which topped the Hot 100 for 11 weeks, and “Rockstar” by DaBaby, in which he is featured, who spends seven weeks on top. This would make him only the second artist in Grammy history with two records of the year nodding in the same year. The first was Farrell Williams, who was included in the nominated hits of Daft Punk and Robin Thicke seven years ago. Rich also has a reasonable chance to upload an album of the year to debut, Please excuse me for being antisocial. But don’t look for Ricch in the category of best new artists. Last year, he won a Grammy as a featured performer on Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks in the Middle,” making him inadmissible in that category.
Bad bunny: The Puerto Rican singer, rapper and composer has a good chance to upload an album of the year YHLQMDLG. This would be the first Spanish album nominated in this category. The album already went down in history when it entered Billboard 200 at number 2, becoming the highest Spanish album in the 54-year history of the chart.
BTS: Will this be the year that K-Pop sensations finally get their first Grammy nod? They won four VMA awards, including three for their hit “On”. Either “On” or the newer “Dynamite” can give a sign of the best performance of a pop duo / group and even, perhaps, a record of the year.
Dodge cat: The singer / rapper, whose “Say So” topped the Hot 100, won the VMA push award for best new artist. She could receive a Grammy nomination for Best New Grammy Artist and perhaps even a record for the year to nod. But when she was younger, she made some negative comments about blacks and gays, which certainly wouldn’t help. And Dr. Luke, who produces “Say So” (under a pseudonym) and co-wrote the song, has his own baggage because of Kesha’s claims.
Dua Lipa: The British pop star won the best new artist two years ago. It is the album of the contender for the year Future nostalgia; candidate’s entry for the year with “Don’t start now”.
Lil Uzi Vert: The rapper, who was nominated for best new artist three years ago, is the album of the year with his recognition Eternal Attack.