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 just a matter of hours the nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be revealed. And before that, it is time to look at the odds for the last of the mainstream fields: Country.
Predicting the nominees for the country field is not too hard: Collect the highlights from previous country music award shows (CMA/ACM); keep in mind former winners and veterans performing traditional country; and forget about the country-pop radio hits. However this year, and rather unusually, two newbies will be dominating this field: Bro-country singer, Sam Hunt and bluegrass musician, Chris Stapleton. Let’s look at each category: Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the Country field”→
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
It is September 30th meaning that the eligibility period for the 58th GRAMMY Awards, that ranged from October 1st last year, is now over. And it is now time to look at the possible contenders. However, we still have to wait a few more weeks until the official list of submissions is disclosed. Therefore, the predictions below are pure speculation. Let’s now take a look at the top contenders in each of the four general field categories: