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59th GRAMMYs: The early contenders

The 58th GRAMMYs are now history but now it is time to look at the contenders for next year’s edition. Even though it is still too early to make concrete predictions, there are already some candidates. The eligibility period for the 59th Grammy Awards started on October 1st, 2015 meaning we are now into the second quarter. The period ends next September 31st.

It is worth noticing that all of this year’s winners in the general field came from the first quarter of the 2014/15 eligibility period. Could this happen this year? Well, these is what we got so far:

Adele

If there’s a certain nominee that is Adele and she also does not seem to have any rivals. Adele’s 13-time platinum blockbuster 25 is the de facto winner for Album of the Year (AOTY) and Best Pop Vocal Album.

The British singer is likely to get the same six nominations she received in 2012. “Hello” is the top contender for both Record of the Year (ROTY), Song of the Year (SOTY) and Best Music Video. “When We Were Young” or a more recent single would compete for Pop Solo Performance. Adele is ineligible in any other category as she currently has no featured collaborations, music films, or songs for visual media.

David Bowie

As you know the legendary rock icon, David Bowie, released his final album Blackstar two days before his passing. Because of this, he’s now among the most likely choices for AOTY and is also considered Adele’s closest rival.

His single “Blackstar” is also a possible nominee for Record of the Year. And despite the buzz about his death will be over by December so his presence in the general field is not certain. Bowie will be gathering nods in the rock field.

Justin Bieber

Bieber went from being a tween idol to bad boy to one of the most acclaimed pop starts of the moment. The success of his latest album, Purpose, his first GRAMMY, and his on-stage performance with Skrillex and Diplo during the ceremony are examples of this.

Purpose is also a favourite for AOTY and Pop Vocal Album. His single “Love Yourself” is a lock for Pop Solo Performance and could also score nominations for Record and Song of the Year.

Rihanna

Rihanna’s production team behind her long-awaited eight studio album, Anti includes former GRAMMY winners Jeff Bhasker, No. I.D. and Timbaland. The album had been met with good reviews and could give the Barbadian singer her second AOTY nomination. But the album is a sure bet for Urban Contemporary Album. The single “Work” featuring Drake will enter either Best Pop Duo/Group Performance or Best R&B Performance but not Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Drake

Despite Drake’s most recent hit single, “Hotline Bling” was released last July it was not submitted for the 58th GRAMMYs. If the song is included in his upcoming Views from the 6 album, it can be submitted for this edition. And if it does it could bring the Canadian rapper his first nomination in ROTY and SOTY.

Coldplay

All of Coldplay albums had been nominated for a GRAMMY. A Head Full of Dreams will probably not make it to AOTY though is a lock for Pop Vocal Album. Their single “Adventure of a Lifetime” could appear in the general field for the ROTY and SOTY categories.

As I mentioned before these are the very early contenders and they could change dramatically once the second quarter is over in May. We are also waiting new releases from Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ed Sheeran, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Here is what the general field would look like right now (they are listed in order of likelihood of receiving a nomination)

FIRST QUARTER: 01/10/15 – 01/30/16

RECORD OF THE YEAR

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SONG OF THE YEAR

BEST NEW ARTIST

Adele
“Hello”

Adele
25
“Hello”
(Adele)
Alessia Cara

David Bowie
“Blackstar”

David Bowie
Blackstar
“Love Yourself”
(Justin Bieber)
Kelsea Ballerini
Justin Bieber
“Love Yourself”
Justin Bieber
Purpose
“Adventure of a Lifetime”
(Coldplay)
Charlie Puth
Coldplay
“Adventure of a Lifetime”
Rihanna
Anti
“Hotline Bling”
(Drake)
G-Eazy
Drake
“Hotline Bling”
Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
“Stone Cold”
(Demi Lovato)
Jack Garratt
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One thought on “59th GRAMMYs: The early contenders

  1. Don’t forget Beyonce when she releases her album. I hope she wins AOTY since I hear her album may be more personal & not just about hits

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