April 25, 2024

Taylor Swift, SZA, Billie Eilish and plenty of different A-list celebrities shall be lining the pink carpet on Feb. 4 for the 2024 Grammy Awards. 

SZA leads the pack with 9 nominations, essentially the most of any artist for this yr’s present. Following intently behind are Victoria Monet and Phoebe Bridgers, who each have seven nominations.

A protracted record of nominees are competing for the “Huge 4” classes — greatest new artist, and album of the yr, document of the yr and track of the yr — and there’s numerous buzz going round about who will take residence the golden gramophone for every class.

All of the nominees are gifted — however a few of them deserve the trophy greater than the others. Right here’s who I’ll be rooting for this yr and who I believe will win:

Album of the Yr

Nominees: Jon Batiste, Boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and SZA 

  • Ought to win: “Midnights” by Taylor Swift
  • Will win: “SOS” by SZA

In my thoughts, there are solely two clear front-runners: Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” and SZA’s “SOS,” although I believe “Midnights” has a slight edge.

Swift’s world takeover prior to now yr is bound to assist her probabilities, to not point out “Midnights” is a large business and demanding success. What holds Swift again this time is the truth that she’s already gained this prime honor 3 times. If she takes it a fourth time, she would be the solely artist in historical past to take action.

SZA, then again, has by no means gained the award. “SOS” was additionally a serious business and demanding success, so it’ll be fascinating to see who will win this match up.

Music of the Yr

  • Nominees: The writers of songs recorded by Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Jon Batiste, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, SZA, Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish
  • Ought to win: “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift
  • Will win: “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift

That is maybe essentially the most aggressive slate of nominees the class has seen in years, as there are numerous ways in which this could go. Will it go to a track from the “Barbie” soundtrack? Each “Dance the Night time” and “What Was I Made For?” had been hits with most of the people. Or will SZA’s blazing, cut-throat “Kill Invoice” take residence the trophy? The observe appears to be a front-runner.

However, it looks as if a complete snub to not award Swift and co-writer Jack Antonoff for “Anti-Hero.” Usually praised because the songwriter of our technology, it’s past stunning that she has by no means gained this prime honor for songwriters. Actually, that is her record-breaking seventh nomination on this class, breaking her tie with Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie. What different smash radio hit has lyrics like “Did you hear my covert narcissism I disguise as altruism?” Give her the Grammy!

Document of the Yr

  • Nominees: Jon Batiste, Boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Victoria Monet, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and SZA
  • Ought to win: “Kill Invoice” by SZA
  • Will win: “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish

I can completely see the Academy giving this to both Billie Eilish or SZA, however I wouldn’t rule out a shock win for Miley Cyrus, provided that she had a large viral hit, “Flowers.” Initially of the yr, “Flowers” was everywhere in the radio, TV, TikTok, and so forth., however the track has seemingly dropped in reputation. Usually after a track smashes as arduous as “Flowers” did, it should stabilize within the prime 50 (not less than) on the Spotify international chart. “Flowers” has dropped over 100 spots, even leaving the chart.

Billie Eilish’s observe from the “Barbie” film — “What Was I Made For?” — looks as if the clear winner. This profitable acoustic pop ballad has discovered a snug spot on charts and on social media. It’s not Eilish’s largest hit, but it surely looks as if a winner for positive. I can’t think about the Academy passing on the chance to ship this track residence with a giant award.

            However that’s to not say that “Kill Invoice” shouldn’t win. The R&B-infused pop observe is harking back to the traditional nation music style pattern the place feminine artists write songs about killing their husbands. It feels recent to listeners, completely different in subject material, and when you hear the refrain, it doesn’t go away your mind for hours.

Finest New Artist

  • Nominees: Gracie Abrams, Fred once more.., Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones, Noah Kahan, Victoria Monet and The Warfare and Treaty.
  • Ought to win: Ice Spice
  • Will win: Ice Spice

Everyone knows who the winner is, proper?

In case you’ve been residing underneath a rock, it’s Ice Spice. Her breakout hits (together with one for the blockbuster “Barbie” film), chart domination, SNL look and friendship with Taylor Swift make her the clear selection, and Grammy voters are positive to see that. 

Regardless of who in the end leaves the winner, this yr’s Grammy awards are certain to be the yr of the girl. The awards present shall be broadcast stay on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ Feb. 4, 2024 from Los Angeles.

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