In 56 years of GRAMMY history only 10 artists have managed to get nominated for all of the General Field categories in the same ceremony. Last year, New York trio Fun. was the last addition to this exclusive list. And even more difficult is to swipe the field. In 1980, Christopher Cross became the first -and to date only- singer to win the Big 4 awards at the GRAMMYs in one single night. 32 years later Adele became only the second artist to achieve this. However she did it in separate years; winning the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the rest in 2012.
This year breakthrough acts have dominated the musical scene. It’s been quite a while since the race for Best New Artist hadn’t be so competitive. And not only that. A handful of artists are predicted as locks to get into the rest of the general field categories. By majority, the top artists to achieve this task, in order of likelihood, are: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS: Well they have dominated every single music award they’ve been nominated for. So why not the GRAMMYs? They are considered locks for Record of the Year (RoTY) for their worldwide hit “Thrift Shop” and Song of the Year for “Same Love”. However their hardest goal will be getting to Album of the Year (AoTY) for The Heist as many would consider there are better highlighted urban albums for AoTY. And the issue is that it will be hard to see two or more urban albums in the line-up. However they are still the most realistic choice to crown the general field.
KACEY MUSGRAVES: She is considered a lock at Song of the Year (SoTY) for “Merry Go ‘Round” or even for “Mama’s Broken Heart”. More and more people are also rooting for her in Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park as it is one of the top critically-acclaimed country records of the year. However chances to get into Record of the Year are minimal. If Grammy voters are to select a pure country track for RoTY is probably going to be “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.
LORDE: Her song “Royals” was considered a lock for Song of the Year from the very first time it hit the Billboard Alternative Charts. In fact, a lot of people (myself included), thought that this song will be bigger than hers and she wouldn’t even get to Best New Artist (BNA). Now, betting odds are giving her high chances to get into RoTY as well and AoTY for Pure Heroine. What could prevent her for doing this is possibly her youth. The last time an underage act managed to get into another general field nomination -than BNA- were the Hanson brothers back in 1998. Furthermore, the last time an underage person won a GRAMMY in the general field was LeAnn Rimes in 1997 at the age of 14. To date, the youngest winner ever.
KENDRICK LAMAR: His album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is by far the best album of the year according to music critics. I had it on my AoTY predictions up until all the buzz for Mackelmore started in the summer. Now he only seems to be getting into BNA. However he can still throw a surprise. His fatalist rap solo “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and his contribution with rappers A$ap Rocky, Drake & 2Chainz for their hit “F***kin’ Problems”.
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