With 2021 just around the corner, so too is the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. As always, the big-name categories are Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. The nominee lists include big names such as Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Post Malone and Taylor Swift.
Record Of The Year: This year’s nominees for Record Of The Year are Beyoncé’s “Black Parade,” Black Pumas’ “colors,” DaBaby’s “Rockstar” feat. Roddy Rich, Doja Cat’s “Say So,” Billie Eilish’s “Everything I wanted,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Post Malone’s “Circles” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.”
Due to its extensive air time and the popularity surrounding the artist, Post Malone’s “Circles” will win Record Of The Year, I predict. It spent an outstanding 60 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached the highest place ut of all the nominees on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart. Along with great songwriting, “Circles” has a unique production aspect, being one of the only modern hits to feature a guitar hook as its main melodic structure. It is very catchy, a key component of a good record, in my book. A side note, it was surprising to see Black Pumas’ “Colors” on the list since it’s categorized as an American Roots song, a genre rarely heard on radio stations and in popular music.
Album Of The Year: The nominees for Album Of The Year are: Chilombo by Jhené Aiko, Black Pumas (self-titled), Everyday Life by Coldplay, Djesse Vol.3 by Jacob Collier, Women In Music Pt. III by HAIM, Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa, Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone and folklore by Taylor Swift.
Although only coming in at fifth on the Billboard Year-End chart, Taylor Swift’s folklore will win Album of the Year. It was not only the best-selling album of 2020 but also, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S in 2020. This prediction is a very close call, though, as Hollywood’s Bleeding and Future Nostalgia were very popular albums as well. Hollywood’s Bleeding is even ranked number one on the Billboard Year-End Album chart.
Song Of The Year: The nominees for Song of the Year are Beyoncé’s “Black Parade,” Roddy Rich’s “The Box,” Taylor Swift’s “cardigan,” Post Malone’s “Circles,” Dua lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” H.E.R’s “I Can’t Breathe” and JP Saxe’s “If the World Was Ending” feat. Julia Michaels.
My prediction is that Roddy Rich’s “The Box” will win Song Of the Year. Despite being quite average in terms of production, the songwriting makes this record great. Roddy Rich’s lyrical structure in the song has influenced a lot of current-day rap by bringing it away from freelance mumble rap to more a traditional structure with a chorus and verses. You can hear this in songs like “Rockstar” by DaBaby and 24kGoldn’s “Mood.” Along with the genre-defining lyrics, “The Box” was also quite popular, coming in at number 3 on the Billboard Year-End Chart.
Best New Artist: The nominees for Best New Artist are Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada and Megan Thee Stallion.
My prediction for Best New Artist is Megan Thee Stallion. Not only did her single “Savage” reach number 15 on the Billboard Year-End chart, but her collaboration with Cardi B also did very well. The only other nominee on this list that contends with Megan is Doja Cat who’s single “Say So” reached number 11 on the Billboard Year-End chart. This, however, is her only hit single.
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