There are only a few days left in the eligibility period for the 2019 Grammys, so we’ve opened predictions in two more general field categories: Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Those awards, like Album of the Year and Best New Artist, are getting a shake-up as the recording academy is planning on eight nominees in each of those categories, up from the usual five. And the awards may also be affected by the recent controversies over the Grammys’ treatment of female artists and hip-hop artists, which prompted the recording academy to assemble a diversity task force. So who will make the cut?
Nominations in all general-field categories are often tricky to predict because they aren’t decided by a simple popular vote of recording academy members. The process does start with an academy-wide vote, but then nomination review committees convene to select the final nominees. That may explain surprise nominations for under-the-radar artists like Sturgill Simpson (Album of the Year for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” in 2017) and the unexpected omissions of popular artists like Ed Sheeran (his smash-hit single “Shape of You” and album “Divide” were absent from the general field in 2018).
Even with such frequent surprises, you can almost always count on the recording academy to vote for big hits. That could be good news for songs like “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey; “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande; “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line; and “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 and Cardi B.
However, this year’s pop charts have been dominated by hip-hop, which Grammy voters have been notoriously dismissive of. Could that be bad news for number-one hits like “This is America” by Childish Gambino; “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin; and “Psycho” by Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign?
Then there’s Drake, who has dominated the charts in 2018 with “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What” and “In My Feelings.” But the Canadian rapper criticized the Grammys for mis-categorizing his winning song “Hotline Bling,” and he didn’t even submit his work for consideration in the 2018 awards. Will he boycott the Grammys again this year, or make a stunning comeback?
Be sure to make your Grammy predictions so that Hollywood record executives and top name stars can see how their music is faring in our Grammy odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Wednesday, December 5. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Grammys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our music forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.