According to our recent reader poll, Harry Styles is likely to be the first One Direction member to win a Grammy as a solo artist. If that holds true it might be a big one. Based on our latest predictions he’s a dark horse contender for Album of the Year for his self-titled collection, which was released on May 12. He’s currently an underdog, ranked 11th with 100/1 odds, but a few of our smartest users think he’ll pick up a surprise nom.
Two of our All-Star Top 24 Users predict a nomination for Styles: mariahisonfire and thethirdcrouch. It would be wise to keep their predictions in mind since our All-Stars got the highest prediction scores when you combine the last two years’ Grammy nominations. And thethirdcrouch is also in our league of Top 24 Users, who who got the highest scores out of more than 1,200 who predicted the 2017 Grammy noms.
But will Grammy voters take him seriously? There has often been a bias against boy bands and other youth-oriented music acts. Consider that The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, Hanson, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, and Jonas Brothers never won a Grammy, and One Direction were never even nominated. But the Grammys sometimes honor those band members once they go solo. Michael Jackson eventually won 13 Grammys in his career, and N Sync alum Justin Timberlake has already won 10. And though Justin Bieber was never a member of a boy band he does have a similar fan base, and he just earned a Grammy nom for Album of the Year last year for “Purpose.”
It helps Styles’s case that the Album of the Year Grammy has been skewing younger in recent years. The oldest nominee in 2017 was Sturgill Simpson (“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”) at just 38, and in 2016 the oldest was Chris Stapleton (“Traveller”) at 37. So the 23-year-old Styles should fit right in if the recording academy wants to keep wooing the next generation of music artists and music listeners.
Do you think Styles will earn a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year? Could he even win?
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