The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are just around the corner. Nominations will be announced, earlier than usual, on November 28th. The ceremony will take place in New York on January 28th, 2018.
And while we wait it is time to take a look at the possible nominees, in one of the most prestigious categories: Record of the Year.
In recent years, this category has become a popularity contest. Therefore, it is common that the most successful singles of the year get nominated.
Thanks to the submissions posted in the GoldDerby forums, we are now able to speculate better on which five songs could make the cut.
Predictions (in order of likelihood of being nominated)
- Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You”
- Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber — “Despacito” (Remix)
- Taylor Swift — “Look What You Made Me Do”
- Bruno Mars — “That’s What I Like”
- Lorde — “Green Light”
There are two songs that should be considered ‘shoe-ins’ in this category: Ed Sheeran’s most recent no. 1 hit single “Shape of You”, and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”. Both songs were amongst the most heavily played this year. Sheeran had a previous nomination for the ballad “Thinking Out Loud” two years ago.
“Despacito”, on the other hand, received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Record of the Year. If nominated, it will be the first time since the first edition, in 1958, that a song predominately in a language, other than English, is in the line-up.
The other two favourites, though somehow overlooked by other predictions, are Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”. Mars is a former winner in this category whereas Swift had been nominated for this category a total of four times. It is also worth noting that these two artists might get nominated based on their names alone.
Another possible nominee could be Lorde’s “Green Light”. This electropop number was produced by three-time GRAMMY winner Jack Antonoff. Lorde was nominated in this category for the hit single “Royals” in 2014.
Other possible nominees include: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.”; Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”; The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This”; The Weeknd & Daft Punk’s “Feel It Coming”; and Little Big Town’s “Better Man”.
What do you think? Who would be your nominees for Record of the Year?