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 ‘Big Four’ categories: Song of the Year.
Unlike record of the year, this songwriter’s award is more diverse. It usually features at least two songs that are outside of the mainstream pop realm.
Also starting this year, songwriters will receive another general field award. The Album of the Year (AoTY) category will start awarding songwriters. Therefore, it is important to look out not only at this year’s potential Record of the Year (RoTY) candidates but also those for AoTY.
This year’s favourite include three potential RoTY nominees, plus a rap song and a country song.
Predictions (in order of likelihood of being nominated)
- “Shape of You”
- “Better Man”
- “Green Light”
- “That’s What I Like”
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid, Kandi Burrus, Tameka Cottle & Kevin Briggs (Ed Sheeran)
Former category winner (Sheeran); billboard no. 1 hit single; will attract votes from both the pop & R&B fields; samples another hit and GRAMMY-winning song (“No Scrubs”).
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar & Mike Will Made It (Kendrick Lamar)
Both Lamar and Mike Will have GRAMMY songwriting awards; billboard no. 1 hit single; have religious imagery; critically-acclaimed song; the most likely rap song to make it to the general field.
“Better Man” by Taylor Swift (Little Big Town)
Performers had a previous song nominated for Song of the Year; Taylor Swift has two GRAMMY songwriting awards; nominated for three Country Music Association Awards (CMA); the most likely country song to make it to the general field.
“Green Light” by Lorde, Jack Antonoff & Joel Little (Lorde)
All the songwriters are former winners in this category; Lorde’s album is likely to get the AoTY nomination for Melodrama; it was a long-awaited release.
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntreloy, Jonathan Yip, Jeremy Reeves & Ray McCullough III (Bruno Mars)
Philip Lawrence and Bruno Mars had been nominated in this category twice; one of the biggest pop singles of the year; potential nominee for RoTY; could receive votes from pop, R&B, rap, and jazz fields.
Other possible nominated songs: “A Million Reasons” (Lady Gaga); “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Sam Smith); “1-800-273-8255” (Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid); “Look What You Made Me Do” (Taylor Swift); “Body Like A Back Road” (Sam Hunt).
What do you think? Who would be your nominees for Song of the Year?