As of this writing, Taylor Swift is the Grammy frontrunner for both Album of the Year (“1989“) and Song of the Year (“Blank Space“) according to readers who have entered our predictions contest. But will she reap the most nominations this year?
Not according to our poll results: 66% of respondents say that the top nominee will actually be Kendrick Lamar. What do you think? Be sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Like Swift, Lamar is projected to earn nominations for Album (“To Pimp a Butterfly“) and Song (“Alright“), so what gives him the special edge to reap the most total bids? Well, he could score album, songwriting and performance nominations in the rap field for his solo performances as well as collaborations with other artists. There already he has an edge against Swift, who competes in a pop field that doesn’t have its own songwriting category. And let’s not forget Lamar can be nominated with Swift as the featured artist on her number-one hit “Bad Blood.”
Back in 2013, Lamar earned seven Grammy nominations for his breakthrough disc including Album of the Year (“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City“) and Best New Artist. He was shut out of all his categories; the critical darling lost four times to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who swept the rap field despite their pop leanings. But the recording academy made it up to Lamar last year by awarding him Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “I.” Those were his only two nominations as he didn’t have a new album in contention at the time. Now with “To Pimp a Butterfly” in the mix, can he match or even exceed his earlier seven-bid total?
Nearly 28% of readers think Swift will score the most noms, and that’s certainly possible. She scored eight nominations in 2009 and won four, including Album of the Year for “Fearless.” But that year she competed in both pop and country fields. With her crossover to pop now complete, her potential total may be more limited.
Photo: Kendrick Lamar. Credit: Richard Isaac/REX