October 15, 2014 at 7:34 am #402785
Thinking back, who were some of the biggest locks in any category in Grammy history? Those who there was absolutely NO doubt would walk away with a trophy?
A few that come to mind:
Elton John winning Best Pop Male Vocal Performace for “Candle in the Wind 1997” Nobody was beating him.
“The Bodyguard Soundtrack” winning AOTY, along with Whitney winning Record of the Year and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.
Eric Clapton winning AOTY, SOTY, ROTY, and Best Pop Male Vocal Performance in 1993. The tragedy of his son and the fact that he was already a well respected musicial sealed this.
Mariah Carey winning Best Contemporary R&B Album and Female R&B Vocal Performance. Mega comeback that was not going to go unnoticed.
Adele winning everything for 21.October 15, 2014 at 7:41 am #402787
Restricting to the General Field for now, but I think the following were as close to locks as you can have at the Grammys going into awards night – leaving it fairly recent, since I have a solid memory of most of those races.
Album of the Year
1992 – Eric Clapton, Unplugged
1999 – Santana, Supernatural
2011 – Adele, 21
Record of the Year / Song of the Year
1992 – Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven
1999 – Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth
2007 – Amy Winehouse – Rehab
2011 – Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Best New Artist
1990 – Mariah Carey
2005 – John Legend (such a weak lineup that I think this was a clear and easy victory)
2007 – Amy WinehouseOctober 15, 2014 at 7:44 am #402788
21 was the biggest one I have ever known. She had very little competiton that year and I LOVED the Album of the Year line upOctober 15, 2014 at 7:45 am #402789
“We Are The World” for ROY and SOY.October 15, 2014 at 7:50 am #402790
Adele in 2012 (for every award) & Fearless for Country Album.October 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm #402791
Adele in 2011.
Evanescence for BNA in 2003
Michael Jackson for AOTY in 1983October 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm #402792
Don’t why there were any other predictions for winners that year.October 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm #402793
Adele pretty much in anything. I don’t really remember a closer lock than that.October 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm #402794
Adele. Not that she needed it, but there was some obvious and smart category structuring going on there.October 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm #402795
I will echo Adele. I remember when Paul Grein made his predictions, he said that he won’t be wasting his time on any category Adele was in because she was winning all of them. lol Also, Yahoo did their predictions and Adele was the expert pick for every single one of the categories. Then the public voted, and she had like 60%+ leads for every category. I think a few people here said that the Foo Fighters could win AOTY because of their veteran status, but deep down everyone knew Adele had that award and all the other awards on lock.
Beyonce for “Single Ladies” in Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. She was up against a bunch of under-radar-acts and she had by far the most impactful and successful song in the lineup.
Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You” in Best Female Pop Vocal and Record of the Year.
Eminem in Best Rap Album for Relapse. Sad because Q-Tip or Mos Def should have won.
“Need You Now” for Record of the Year – four urban records against a huge country record that was nominated across the board = lock.October 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm #402796
Adele for everything.
Single Ladies for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song
Mariah Carey for Best New ArtistOctober 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm #402797
Yep, Adele is the biggest lock I can remember from the time I’ve been posting here, although I think Michael Jackson was probably unstoppable for Thriller as well.October 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm #402798
I wasn’t posting here at the time but we’re the Dixie Chicks a huge lock back in 06? Who were their biggest threats?October 16, 2014 at 6:22 am #402799
Yes, the Dixie Chicks were a huge lock back in 2006. They were expected to sweep that year. I’m still stunned that “Not Ready To Make Nice” was not nominated for Best Country Song.