Sia is one of the most prolific artists nominated in this year’s Grammy races for Record and Song of the Year (for “Chandelier“), but despite her experience, this is her first nomination for songwriting. Can she win?
Sia co-wrote “Chandelier” with Jesse Shatkin, also a first-time nominee in this category. But in recent years, she has also contributed to the success of many other artists, writing hit songs for Ne-Yo (“Let Me Love You“), Rihanna (“Diamonds“), and David Guetta (“Titanium”). Her songs have also been recorded by Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Eminem, and Christina Aguilera. On top of all that, she co-wrote “Pretty Hurts,” which is featured on Beyonce‘s self-titled album, nominated for Album of the Year.
But Sia isn’t the only hit-maker in the race. She faces “Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift‘s lead single from her blockbuster pop crossover album “1989.” It was co-written by Swift, a second-time nominee in this category, Shellback, a first-time nominee, and Max Martin, who rose to prominence in the last 20 years by creating some of the biggest hits for the Backstreet Boys (“I Want it That Way”), Britney Spears (“Baby One More Time”), Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone”), Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl”), and more. With 19 number-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100, he ranks behind only Paul McCartney and John Lennon for sheer number of chart-toppers as a songwriter.
Despite his impressive resume, however, this is only Martin’s third Song of the Year nomination, and he has never won a Grammy in any category. That could change this year; in addition to Record and Song of the Year for “Shake it Off,” he’s also nominated for Producer of the Year for his various work with Swift, Perry, and Ariana Grande, among others.
The rest of the nominees in this category are first-timers. Meghan Trainor contends for her breakthrough hit “All About That Bass,” which she co-wrote with Kevin Kadish, while Sam Smith co-wrote “Stay with Me” with James Napier and William Phillips. Both songs are also nominated for Record of the Year.
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