All 5 albums nominated are deserving in different ways and while some I hadn’t listened to before today I think the 2016 nominees is one of the strongest lists we have seen in a long time. There’s one or two big favourites in there, but it really could go anywhere this year.
It’s nearly Frebruary and yet the Grammy Awards are still nearly 3 weeks away. The latest they have been in the schedule for a long time, it gives me some time to delve into the big nominees and see who is most likely to be smiling once the night arrives. I’ll be listening to some …
First off we have the biggest early favourite, of course Taylor Swift’s 1989. It’s crazy to think back to 2 years ago when I was saying the exact same thing about her Red album, which looked like the obvious choice for this award in 2014.
surprise iTunes release from Rap’s most recent superstar, the follow up to an infamously Grammy snubbed album and one of the years true ‘event albums’. I’d say Best Rap Album is the toughest category to call here, with Drake, Kendrick and Dr Dre all more than deserving of the prize.
Of course there’s some crossover with the Song of the Year category, I can’t think of a year when most of the songs haven’t been in both categories. The 3 crossover songs here are the ones I’m most confident about, specifically Uptown Funk, Can’t Feel My Face and Girl Crush.
Releases performed by Sam Hunt and Little Big Town will be nominated and will probably win all 4 of these categories between them, with just Country Album that they might miss out on on the night. Girl Crush and Take Your Time have been such huge hits that I’ll be baffled if a different song picks up the Best Country Song award.
An interesting mix of songs for the main two categories this year and some omissions in my choices that may seem surprising. My picks lean heavily towards the Pop/RnB side of things, with one obvious outlier.
Every year I start my pop genre article thinking I have my nominations picked out already and every year I end up changing the list completely by the end. You’re never short of potential nominees for the pop category, but whittling it down to just 5 can be difficult
In 2015, it’s easy to pick out some major hits that are sure to make an appearance here, such as Lean On by Major Lazer, or the second Sam Smith/Disclosure collaboration. With quite a lot of overlap in the Dance Recording and Dance/Electronic Album I think my choices this year will be pretty on the mark.
Kicking things off we have probably the toughest category of the year, Best New Artist. Unlike the other big 3 categories, which feature countless potential nominees, Best New Artist is usually difficult to find 5 definite picks.