Grammy nominations will be announced on “CBS This Morning” next Monday (December 7) and you will be hearing the name Taylor Swift a lot. Our racetrack odds, derived from the predictions of our editors who cover music awards year-round and hundreds of our readers are already predicting that Swift will win Album of the Year (“1989“) and Song of the Year (“Blank Space“), and she’ll also earn a nomination for Record of the Year (“Blank Space”).
Swift has won seven Grammys, including Album of the Year for “Fearless” in 2009 when she was just 20-years-old, the youngest ever winner of that category. If she wins again, she’ll make history as the first woman to take the top prize twice as the main album artist (other Album of the Year champs like Norah Jones and Alison Krauss have won additional times, but as featured artists). And she’ll still only be 26.
But even though Swift has been a music industry darling, only two of her four previous studio albums picked up bids for Album of the Year: “Fearless,” which won, as well as “Red” (2013), which lost to Daft Punk‘s “Random Access Memories.” Her 2006 self-titled debut didn’t contend for the top award, and neither did her “Fearless” follow-up, “Speak Now,” which was released in 2010. So is she really as unstoppable as we’re predicting she is?
If our other predictions are right, “Blank Space” will be her first victory for Song of the Year after two previous nominations (“You Belong with Me” in 2009 and “Shake it Off” in 2014). “Blank Space” will also be her fourth nomination for Record of the Year, following “You Belong with Me,” Shake it Off” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012) but we think that prize is likelier to be awarded to the ubiquitous hit “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
Do you think Swift will dominate this year’s Grammys?