A Southern rock band teamed with some of the best producers in the industry; a Compton rapper who created one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the decade; a Nashville songwriter who stunned the country music world with his solo debut; a pop star who had the highest grossing tour in the world this past year; and a Canadian singer who dominated the charts with a soulful voice and drug-induced lyrics. That’s the profile of the five outstanding nominated artists for Album of the Year (AOTY).
Predictions for the mainstream fields have already been covered, but the GRAMMYs have a total of 83 categories and you’d have to be a music genius to known them all. In fact, members are not obliged to vote in all of them. There are, however, some categories where we will find familiar faces, radio-friendly songs, and music videos.
Let’s now take a look at the possible winners in the fields for dance/electronic, Latin music, visual media (music for films/TV, etc..), production, and music video/film.
Wrapping up the predictions for the mainstream fields is Country. This field contain four categories: solo performance, group or duo, and the regular songwriters’ and album awards.
Bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists no longer compete here as they know have their own field: “American roots”. The result is a group of nominees that are strictly country, though some of them do have pop, rock, or blues influences.
Chris Stapleton dominates the field with three nods. Ashley Monroe and Little Big Town are in twice. The rest of the nominees only appear once.
Now it is turn for the rap field which consists of four categories: rap-only performance, rap and sung collaboration and of course the regular songwriters’ and album’s awards.
Determining eligibility in the rap field is quite easy. Basically if you’re rapper, this is where you fit and that could be why the field has never been called “hip-hop”. Many hip-hop singers end up in R&B.
Unlike the rest of the mainstream fields, the R&B field have five categories instead of four. Similar to rock, it has a category for best performance, for a sub-genre performance (traditional R&B), songwriters’ award and two other categories for albums (R&B and urban contemporary).
Just like the category for Best Alternative Music Album, the Urban Contemporary Album is also hard to define. The Academy defines it as an award “for artists whose music includes the more contemporary elements of R&B and may incorporate production elements found in urban pop, urban Euro-pop, urban rock, and urban alternative”. In colloquial terms this Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Odds for the R&B field”→
The rock and alternative fields in the GRAMMYs tend to go hand-in-hand. Since there are no performance or songwriters’ awards in the alternative fields, most alternative artists have their songs submitted to rock.
Furthermore, it isn’t clear what the Academy considers “alternative”. It is defined as a “non-traditional” genre that exists “outside of the mainstream music consciousness”. In that case Beck who competed in the Alternative Music Album for years, was moved to the rock field last year. Jack White, as a member of the White Stripes, won three times the best alternative album category. His first solo album, however, competed Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Odds for the Rock & Alternative fields”→
The Pop field have four categories that award the best in pop music. And not exclusively pop but also crossover hits from artists from other genres such as rock, dance, R&B, alternative and sometimes country.
This year’s race is dominated by Taylor Swift. Taylor received three out of the possible four nominations of the field (as she’s ineligible in traditional pop). Kelly Clarkson and Florence + the Machine gathered three nods each. These three women are also facing each in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
Let’s take a look now at the odds for each category:
The Best New Artist (BNA) award goes to the artist(s) only. Academy guidelines described it as the award “for a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.”
In less than a month the winners of the 58th GRAMMYs will be revealed. It is now time to take a look at the odds for Song of the Year also part of the “big four” categories in the general field.
Song of the Year is the award for the best song and it goes to the songwriter(s) only. There are songwriters’ awards in most of the fields: Rock, R&B, rap, country, American roots, Gospel/Christian music, and visual media (for those made for films, TV, etc…)
With 41 days to go the countdown for the 58th GRAMMY Awards is slowly going down, and during the following weeks we will be looking at the main contenders for the music’s most prestigious awards. What are the odds for this nominated song? Who is the artist with the biggest chances? How the Academy members vote?
Today let’s begin with category number one, though it is usually the second-to-last or last to be announced during the televised ceremony: Record of the Year.