Last week, music’s biggest award show released the nominees for 2015’s Grammy Awards. While there is a wide spectrum of genres and artists represented, here’s the breakdown on who’s vying for gold:
Record of the Year
2015’s Record of the Year award can go to one of five artists, four of which are relatively new to the music industry. While the seasoned and award-savvy Taylor Swift is nominated for “Shake It Off”, new artists like Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and Iggy Azalea (ft. Charli XCX) could snag the award. Finally, Sia is new to the spotlight but nowhere near new to the music industry, having written hit songs for Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Britney Spears. She too is vying for Record of the Year with her hit, “Chandelier”.
Song of the Year
Coincidentally, four of the above nominees also have nominations for Song of the Year, with only Iggy Azalea not receiving both. Instead, Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is up for the win in this category.
Best New Artist
Though Iggy wasn’t feeling the love in the Song of the Year category, she shouldn’t be too bummed considering she’s up for the Best New Artist award. Sam Smith yet again gets a nomination in this category and is joined by Bastille, Brandy Clark, and the sisters of Haim.
Album of the Year
A wide range of genres and styles are represented in this year’s nominees for Album of the Year, from R&B, to rap, to rock. Sam Smith again has a nomination in this category for his break out album, In The Lonely Hour, while another soulful singer, Ed Sheeran, could win the award for his album, X. Pharrell Williams and Beck add two more guys to the potential winners but the ladies still have a shot at the title with the historically self-titled album by Beyoncé. Things seem to be falling in favor towards the album with record-breaking sales (all without a title, advertisement, album art, or even a release date despite the success) but we’ll have to wait and see if the Irreplaceable diva will feel Déja-Vu on yet another Grammy win.
Be sure to watch The Grammys for more performances and awards February 8th and make your predictions on who will take home the coveted trophies.
Author: Austin Nicol