Grammys 2017: Sia an Album of the Year dark horse for ‘This is Acting’?

Look out for Sia at the Grammys this week, as her acclaimed album “This is Acting” is right on the cusp of an Album of the Year nomination in sixth place according to our exclusive Gold Derby odds. Her hit “Cheap Thrills” remains one of the leading contenders in Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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“This is Acting,” her seventh studio album, is a pulsating mix of addictive dance/pop anthems, many of which Sia originally wrote for other artists, but ultimately recorded herself. The album peaked at number-four on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned the hits “Alive,” “The Greatest” (featuring Kendrick Lamar from a special deluxe edition of the album) and one of the biggest hits of the summer, “Cheap Thrills” (featuring Sean Paul).

Sia has enjoyed years of success as a songwriter and performer. She famously penned hits for other acclaimed artists like Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Beyonce (“Pretty Hurts”), and Ne-Yo (“Let Me Love You”), and has had hits of her own, like “Breathe Me” and “Chandelier.” But the prolific Australian singer/songwriter is still waiting for her first Grammy win after five losses (one for “Wild Ones” in 2012 and four for “Chandelier” in 2014). And the recording academy snubbed her previous album “1000 Forms of Fear” in the races for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album in 2014, so nominating “This is Acting” could be a way to make it up to her.

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This year she could finally take home some hardware. In the top general field races, “Cheap Thrills” is still her best bet for Grammy glory, as it currently sits in third place according to our exclusive odds in both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. However, “This is Acting” now has 12/1 odds to ambush the Album of the Year contest as well. A nomination and maybe even a win here would be ironic given that it is essentially a collection of tunes rejected by the various artists she initially wrote them for.

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