Song of the Year

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

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“Let It Go” ─ Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Idina Menzel)

The last time a Disney song made it to the Song of the Year line-up was in 1995 when two of The Lion Kingthemes lost to Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”. 19 years later, Oscar-winning song “Let It Go”, penned by Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen, is looking to break that long gap. Lopez has the impressive record of completing the ‘EGOT’ (Emmy, Grammy Oscar, and Tony) in only 10 years.

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“Stay with Me” ─ James Napier, Sam Smith and William Phillips (Sam Smith)

The British media has addressed Sam Smith as the “Male Adele”, making him the breakthrough artist of the year. “Stay with Me” is a heartbreaking ballad about the misconceptions of a one night stand. Its emotional lyrics and Smith’s powerful soul-esque voice could definitely grand him a place in the race for Song of the Year.

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“Drunk In Love” ─ Beyoncé, Boots, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmor, Jay-Z, Brian Soko, Timbaland (Beyoncé & Jay-Z)

“Drunk In Love” is an explicit Alternative R&B song that depicts female sexuality. Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z teamed up with prominent R&B producers Jerome Harmor and Timbaland (last year’s winners for Best R&B Song) to create this sensual tune. It is unsure if “Drunk In Love” will make it to the SoTY line-up. But since 2014 has been Queen Bey’s year; it wouldn’t be a surprise for her to score a nod here.

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“Chandelier” ─ Sia and Jesse Shatkin (Sia)

Australian singer Sia rose to stardom by providing vocals to popular EDM tracks. But, she is actually a prominent songwriter who has worked with Madonna, Rihanna and Britney Spears. Her Top 10 hit “Chandelier” is a pop song with reggae influences sung from the perspective of a party girl dealing with depression and alcoholism.

 Agreatbigworldsaysomething “Say Something” ─ Ian Axel, Mike Campbell, Chad Vaccarino (A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera)

After much controversy over the eligibility of this song —originally released in 2011. The New York duo, A Great Big World, is now contending the songwriter’s award. “Say Something” is a ballad about the feelings of an unrequited love. The accompanying vocals from NARAS darling Christina Aguilera; will definitely make the voters go for this song.

Other contenders

  • “All About that Bass” — Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor (Meghan Trainor)
  • “Automatic” — Nicole Galyon, Natalie Hambert and Miranda Lambert
  • “The Monster” — Jon Bellion, Emimem, Bryan Fryzhel, Bebe Rexha and Rihanna (Eminem and Rihanna)
  • “Shake It Off” — Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
  • “Take Me to Church” — Hozier (Hozier)

5 thoughts on “Song of the Year

  1. “The last time a Disney song made it to the SoTY line-up was in 1994 when Aladdin’s theme “A Whole New World” won this award.”

    Both THE LION KING’s “Circle Of Life” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” were nominated for Song of the Year for the 1995 awards (both losing to Bruce Springsteen’s PHILADELPHIA song “Streets of Philadelphia”).

    1. Oh God, I did not remember those songs when from the Lion King and I did not verify it because they were written by Elton John. But thanks for the clarification.

  2. i don’t think that either Retrograde or Royals has the sound & lyricism they like in this category.
    i’m not sold on Kacey’s chances here. ususally they nominate here country song that reached no. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay chart, and Kacey peaked at no. 10 ;/

    i hope i’m wrong but i can totally see Roar getting here ala Stronger by Clarkson.

    if there is any wtf nominee i would love to see either Dust To Dust by The Civil Wars or Candles In the Sun by Miguel here.

    p.s. gay message in Same Love will turn some older voters off, i guess but we should believe that the reviewing committee will do the justice 😉

  3. didn’t justin get a grammy nod for nsync’s gone or dead and gone (ti)? he wrote those songs, pretty sure. and james blake will def get a snub. if blurred lines gets a nod i’m giving up on music.

    1. Hey lala. You’re right about “Dead and Gone” I missed that nod. However N’Sync’s “Gone” was only nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group and not to any songwriting award.

      Thanks for the response.

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