We’ve officially opened our 2020 Grammy predictions for Best New Artist (make your predictions right here in our predictions center), and since Billie Eilish was already our odds-on favorite to take Album of the Year (“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), Record of the Year (“Bad Guy”) and Song of the Year (also “Bad Guy”), it stands to reason that she’ll win Best New Artist too, right? If she does, she would achieve a grand slam that has been accomplished by only two other artists in the history of these awards.
Only two artists have ever won all four general field categories. And there was only one who swept all of those awards in the same year, as Eilish might do now. In 1981 Christopher Cross won Best New Artist, Album of the Year for his self-titled album, and Record and Song of the Year for “Sailing.” Those victories haven’t necessarily aged that well — he beat classics like Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall” for Album and Frank Sinatra‘s “New York, New York” for Record — but the feat still hasn’t been repeated.
The only other artist to win all four was Adele, but she didn’t do it all in one ceremony. First she won Best New Artist in 2009. Then in 2012 she swept Record (“Rolling in the Deep”), Song (“Rolling”) and Album (“21”). And she did it again in 2017, taking Record (“Hello”), Song (“Hello”) and Album (“25“).
Norah Jones sort of swept the general field, but not quite. In 2003 she won Best New Artist, Album of the Year (“Come Away with Me”) and Record of the Year (“Don’t Know Why”). But while “Don’t Know Why” also won Song of the Year, the only credited songwriter on it was Jesse Harris, so Jones didn’t get to take home that particular trophy.
The good news for Eilish is that she co-wrote “Bad Guy” with her big brother Finneas O’Connell, so she’d get the top songwriting award if “Bad Guy” wins. That would additionally make her the second youngest writer to win Song of the Year: she’ll be 18 by the time the Grammys roll around in January 2020, while Lorde was 17 when she won for “Royals” in 2014. So there’s a lot of history to be made for Eilish when we get to the Grammys. Do you agree she’ll win everything that’s not nailed down?
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