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.”
We are less than a month away from knowing who are the nominees for the 58th GRAMMYs. As I mentioned on my previous post, I’d be predicting the mainstream fields and this is the turn for the field that everybody hates and loves: Pop. And this year’s pop field could simply be an extension of the general field contenders. Let’s take a look:
The submissions are in and the date for the nominations have been set (December 7), hence it is time to start rounding out the final predictions for the 58th GRAMMY Awards. And today we will be looking at the major contenders for the general field. In the following weeks, I’ll be posting predictions for the mainstream fields.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk
Taylor Swift — Blank Space
The Weeknd — Can’t Feel My Face
Ed Sheeran — Thinking Out Loud
Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney — FourFiveSeconds
The race for Song of the Year is tight. Four of the nominated songs are also in the race for Record of the Year. Furthermore, there are three songs (Chandelier, Take Me to Church, and Stay with Me) with winning potential. And as for the other two, everybody is wondering how they got in there.
With the exception of Max Martin and Taylor Swift, all the other nominated songwriters are competing for the very first time in this category.
Let’s now take a look at the odds for each of the nominees. They are listed in order of likelihood of winning:
This year’s line-up for Record of the Year is, by far, the weakest. None of the contenders are legendary songs that scream ‘Record of the Year’. Instead, they are mainstream pop hits that impressed more the general public than music experts.
With the exception of Taylor Swift —who’s been nominated thrice in this category, the rest of the nominees are newbies: Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Meghan Trainor, and Sam Smith are contending their first GRAMMYs ever. Sia, however, is making her first appearance in the general field.