The nominees for the 57th GRAMMY Awards will be revealed in the morning of December 5th; except for the Album of the Year nods which will be announced during a Xmas-themed concert special to be aired by CBS, later that night. And while we wait, we continue with our predictions.
Since the submissions for the 57th GRAMMYs have been leaked through the GoldDerby forums; we can get a clearer picture for the potential nominees, and some dramatic changes have ocurred, especially in the General Field.
Record of the Year: Bastille’s “Pompeii” is now out of the race as it was not submitted for the Record of the Year award. Furthermore, the original version of “Happy”, by Pharrell Williams, was also ruled ineligible; however, a live version of the song is in the running. It is unclear whether the voters would actually support this version.
These changes now leave us with three definite locks: Beyoncé & Jay-Z for “Drunk In Love”; MAGIC! for “Rude”; and Taylor Swift for “Shake It Off”. And, a new entrant in the race is British blue-eyed soul singer, Sam Smith for “Stay with Me”.
Album of the Year: There are two contenders which everybody agrees upon: Beyoncé’s self-titled album and Jack White’s Lazaretto. The other three spots have become difficult to fill: Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 seems to be the safest bet. Other albums that have risen to prominence include Sam Smith for his debut release, In The Lonely Hour and Sia for 1000 Forms of Fear.
Song of the Year: “Let It Go” from Frozen is, of course, a shoo-in. And, as mentioned above, “Happy” is not eligible for this award. As a matter of fact, Williams has virtually no chance here since Ed Sheeran’s “Sing”, which he co-wrote, was not submitted. On the other hand, Queen Bey’s team submitted “Drunk In Love” (as opposed to “XO”). “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith; “Chandelier” by Sia (and Jesse Shatkin); and A Great Big World for “Say Something” complete the list.
Best New Artist: Now that Ariana Grande was ineligible for the award; there are only two major competitors— Sam Smith and Aussie rapper, Iggy Azalea. Another act that emerged is the British duo, Disclosure, now enhancing Bastille’s chances. The country spot (if any) will most certainly go to Cole Swindelll. Another prominent contender is R&B singer, Jhené Aiko.