The four general-field categories are the most hotly contested at the Grammy Awards, combining artists from all genres to determine the best music of the year.
Last year, Fun. became only the ninth artist to receive nominations in all four general-field races in a single year. No one is expected to repeat that this year, but several artists are forecast to earn three bids apiece when nominations are revealed on Friday (Dec. 6): previous winners Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, as well as newcomers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Lorde.
Below, our predictions for the nominees in the top four races. Our forecasted champs are in gold while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics. (Click here for our predicted nominees by artist.)
Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race.
Spoiler: “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Jay-Z
Spoiler: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
SONG OF THE YEAR
“I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback (Taylor Swift)
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine (Bruno Mars)
“Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, James Fauntleroy (Justin Timberlake)
“Royals,” Ella Yelich O’Connor, Joel Little (Lorde)
“Same Love,” Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Curtis Mayfield (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Spoiler: “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Clifford Harris, Jr. (Robin Thicke)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Spoiler: Kacey Musgraves
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