Record of the Year

The following contenders are listed in order of likelihood of being nominated. (Updated: 10/31/14)


Beyoncé & Jay-Z ─ “Drunk In Love”

  • Field: R&B
  • GRAMMY Record: Beyoncé: 17 wins / 46 nods ; Jay-Z: 19 wins / 59 nods

Ten years ago, the husband and wife duo were “Crazy In Love” and scored their first nod for Record of the Year. This year, “Drunk In Love” seems to be the smartest choice for their second appearance. Beyonce garnered other three nods and Jay-Z has competed two other times with two different women: Alicia Keys and Rihanna. Both are yet to win, though.


MAGIC! ─ “Rude”

  • Field: Pop
  • GRAMMY Record: Never nominated (MAGIC!’s frontman, Nasri Atweh: 1 win / 1 nod)

Toronto-based reggae fusion band, MAGIC!, happens to be charting at the right time. “Rude” is the Song of the Summer that’s playing on everybody’s head whether you love or hate it. Furthermore, the songs relies on live instrumentation which is what appeals the Academy voters the most when filling their nods for Record of the Year.


Taylor Swift ─ “Shake It Off”

  • Field: Pop
  • GRAMMY Record: 7 wins / 19 nods

Taylor Swift’s new synth-esque pop song “Shake It Off” is already number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. And if you consider Swift’s GRAMMY record, you can call her a lock for RoTY. However, this song is a departure from her previous country/pop sounds which made her a GRAMMY darling. Her latest album, Red, received 5 nods but did not win any.


Sam Smith ─ “Stay with Me” (Darkchild Version)

  • Field: Pop
  • GRAMMY Record: Never nominated

British blue-eyed soul singer is looking to score all of the big four nominations. And while he’s definitely a shoo-in for Song of the Year and Best New Artist; his chances for Record of the Year should not be disregarded. We usually get one ballad in this category, and “Stay with Me” is running without virtually any competition.

Pharrell Williams ─ “Happy” (Live)

  • Field: Pop
  • GRAMMY Record: Never nominated

Pharrell Williams is looking towards his second appearance for Record of the Year with “Happy”, the Oscar-nominated theme from Despicable Me 2. However, since the song was already submitted last year. Williams had to rely on a live version to be eligible. But live versions don’t have a good record in the general field. The last time a “live record” was nominated, and won, this category was “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton in 1993.

Other contenders

  • A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera: “Say Something
  • Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX — “Fancy”
  • Idina Menzel — “Let It Go”
  • Sia — “Chandelier”
  • Jack White — “Lazaretto”

One thought on “Record of the Year

  1. “This year’s race for Record of the Year seems to be leaning towards more urban-ish tunes rather than the pop-rock/live instrumentation it’s actually packed with” – and this is the best reason for it to not happen 😉 i don’t like Blurred Lines and think this is the weakest link here.ok, it was a big song. big in the same way California Gurls was big and we both know how it ended 😉

    EDIT: ok, more urban-ish lineup can happen. Love the Way You Lie, Fuck You, Nothin’ On You, Empire State of Mind got into this category some years ago…

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