Is Katy Perry a ‘lock’ for her 1st Grammy with ‘Chained to the Rhythm’?

Katy Perry is tied for eighth on the all-time list of artists with the most Grammy nominations but no wins. She has contended 13 times without a victory, which ties her with rapper Nas and jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra. Could she finally win with “Chained to the Rhythm,” the lead single from her 2017 album “Witness”?

“Chained” could be a contender for Record of the Year and Song of the Year since Perry has been nominated in both categories before — Record for “Firework” (2012) and Song for “Roar” (2014) — though she’ll be challenged by the fact that “Chained” wasn’t nearly as dominant a hit. It peaked at number-four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and went platinum, compared to “Firework” and “Roar,” which both topped the chart and were diamond-certified — which means more than 10-times platinum.

But “Chained” could still give Perry a chance at an overdue win in the pop field. Featuring Skip Marley, the song could contend for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, where she previously contended for another collaboration, “Dark Horse” with Juicy J in 2015. The song could get an added boost from the fact that it’s uncharacteristically political, featuring lyrics like “So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble / So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble.” Perry supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election campaign, so maybe a more socially conscious Perry will appeal to the recording academy, unless they would prefer if she stuck to fireworks and teenage dreams.

Our readers are discussing this and more in our music forums. Read some of their comments below, and join the discussion here.

dark_is_the_new: “So is [‘Chained to the Rhythm’] on lock for Pop Duo?”

Robinladen: “It’s nowhere near a lock. It’s a moderate hit that’s not a very impressive song … I’d say ‘Feels’ [her collaboration with Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, and Big Sean] holds a better chance with the bigger names attached to the song.”

darrenc95: “I agree that ‘CTTR’ is not a lock, but it was a decent-sized hit and Katy usually gets nominated. And I think it has a much better chance than ‘Feels.’ Big Sean and Calvin Harris aren’t Grammy darlings, so unless Pharrell’s goodwill extends THAT far…”

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