Teenage breakout Billie Eilish has been the star of our Grammy odds ever since we opened our Album of the Year predictions in the spring. Now she’s the front-runner to win all four general field categories according to the combined predictions of our users. The only artist who has ever done that before in the same year was Christopher Cross in 1981. But since Eilish is such big news, it could be easy to overlook that Lizzo is likely to be nominated in the same four categories. If that happens, it would be the first time in Grammy history that two artists have achieved the nominations grand slam at the same time.
Eilish is on top of our odds for Album of the Year (“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), Record and Song of the Year (“Bad Guy”) and Best New Artist. But hip-hop star Lizzo isn’t far behind. She ranks fourth for Album (“Cuz I Love You”), third for Record and Song (“Truth Hurts”) and second for New Artist. So it looks like both women would sweep the general field even if the recording academy hadn’t expanded those categories from five slots to eight.
To date only 10 artists have ever been nominated in all four categories at the same time: Bobbie Gentry (1968), the aforementioned Christopher Cross (1981), Cyndi Lauper (1985), Tracy Chapman (1989), Mariah Carey (1991), Paula Cole (1998), Indie.Arie (2002), Amy Winehouse (2008), Fun (2013) and Sam Smith (2015). Nine of them at least won Best New Artist. A few came close to sweeping by winning three out of their four races (Winehouse and Smith took everything but Album of the Year). Only one of them (Indie.Arie) was shut out entirely, though she has since picked up four awards in her career.
Never has it happened twice in the same year. And you know what, there’s a chance it could happen more than twice this year, especially with eight slots up for grabs in each race. Lewis Capaldi could sweep with Best New Artist and bids for his album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” and his single “Someone You Loved.” Maggie Rogers could also pull it off with her album “Heard it in a Past Life” and single “Light On.” And don’t forget Lil Nas X for his record breaking single “Old Town Road” and his debut EP “7.”
Our odds aren’t predicting any of those contenders to sweep the nominations at the moment, but we’re betting on all of them at least twice in the general field. So depending on how it shakes out, this year could boast the strongest lineup of new artists in Grammy history.
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