It’s been more than a month since the 57th GRAMMYs took place and there are still 11 months until the next ceremony occurs. But we are ready to start predicting the nominations for the 58th GRAMMY Awards that will most likely be announced in the beginning of December.
The eligibility period for the 58th GRAMMYs ranks from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Therefore, there is a number of potential contenders in the running already. Let’s take a look at the odds in the ‘Big 4’ categories.
Record of the Year
The current front-runner for Record of the Year is definitely “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The song is, to date, the biggest hit of the year having spent a total of 12 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Another Brit is also in the running, Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud”. The British singer-songwriter may complete his stake in the general field if he receives this Record of the Year nomination. Another potential nominee is “FourFiveSeconds” by Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney; because we know how much NARAS love collaborations, specially one featuring the former Beatle. Last but not least are “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and “Something from Nothing” by the Foo Fighters.
Album of the Year
There are two serious contender for Album of the Year already. The first one is Taylor Swift’s 1989 which already gathered three nodss at the 57th GRAMMYs and spawned two number-one singles, last year-nominee “Shake It Off”, and “Blank Space”. The second contender is the politically-charged To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar who already has two GRAMMYs for the song “i”. The third favourite belongs Sonic Highways by the Foo Fighters whose last two albums have made it to the AoTY-lineup and are, so far, the most likely rock rep. Other contenders include If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake and Strangers to Ourselves by Modest Mouse.
Song of the Year
The Song of the Year line-up might ended-up once again being similar to the Record of the Year. The two strongest contenders are “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift with Max Martin and Shellback. The third favourite is the Oscar-winning song, “Glory” from the movie Selma by Common and John Legend. Other favourites include “FourFiveSeconds” (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney) and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and former GRAMMY-winning songwriters, Bruno Mars and Jeff Bhasker.
Best New Artist
The current front-runner, who has delighted other panelists and predictors, is British singer-songwriter, James Bay. Bay is just breaking into the North American market but won the Critic’s Choice at the 2015 BRIT Awards. The second favourite is Meghan Trainor who might pull out an ‘Ed Sheeran’ after being nominated this year for Record and Song of the Year for her number-one single, “All About that Bass”. The other favourite is pop girl group and MTV’s New Artist award winners, Fifth Harmony. Other potential nominees include 2-time GRAMMY nominee, Charli XCX and George Ezra.
The following predictions are listed in order of likelihood of being nominated:
|RECORD OF THE YEAR||ALBUM OF THE YEAR||SONG OF THE YEAR||BEST NEW ARTIST|
| Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
|Thinking Out Loud||James Bay|
“Thinking Out Loud”
To Pimp A Butterfly
|Blank Space||Meghan Trainor|
| Taylor Swift
| Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
|Uptown Funk!||Charli XCX|
“Something from Nothing”
| Modest Mouse
Strangers to Ourselves