Will Janet Jackson win Grammys for her latest album, “Unbreakable”? It was released on October 5, 2015, at the very beginning of the Grammys eligibility period, which considers music released between October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. It’s her 11th studio album and her first since “Discipline” in 2008.
Given her decades of success, including an Oscar nomination for co-writing the song “Again” from “Poetic Justice” (1993) it’s surprising that Jackson has only won five Grammys over the course of her career. Three of those victories were for music videos: in the long form category for “Rhythm Nation 1814” in 1989, then the short form race for “Scream” (with her brother Michael Jackson) in 1995 and “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” in 1997. Her other two prizes were Best R&B Song (“That’s the Way Love Goes,” 1993) and Best Dance Recording (“All for You,” 2001).
Jackson has never won an album award, never won for a vocal performance, and she’s never been honored in the general field. Her only Album of the Year nomination was for “Control” in 1986, losing to Paul Simon‘s “Graceland.” It’s been 15 years since she prevailed in any category and 10 years since she’s even been nominated. Is it time for the recording academy to finally welcome her back?
Our forum posters are discussing her awards potential. Read some of their comments below, then click here to join the discussion.
ENGLAND: “She could have been a contender for Best Contemporary Urban Album but Beyoncé has taken over that category with Lemonade.”
Xtina: No, she won’t get nominated in the General field or win any awards. Janet could get snubbed of nominations. Her latest album just came and went. Ms. Jackson’s best shot at nominations are: Best R&B Performance (“Dammn Baby”), Best R&B Song (“Dammn Baby”), Best Urban Contemporary Album (“Unbreakable”) … I can’t believe she’s only won five Grammy Awards in her 30+ year career. #Pitiful.
Boidiva02: Janet is probably not going to get any wins this year. Too bad too because I really want her to get her due. I feel like she has always been underappreciated by Grammy.