We’ve been anticipating the release of Lil Nas X‘s debut studio album “Montero” ever since he dropped the title track “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” as its lead single back in March. In fact, even sight unseen, the album has been among our top eight predicted Grammy nominees for Album of the Year for most of the season. And on August 25 Nas released a trailer for the album that finally announced the release date: September 17, which is just in time to qualify for the current Grammys cycle.
The Grammys eligibility period runs from September 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, which is good timing for Nas since he has already proved to be a Grammy favorite; this may be Lil Nas X’s debut studio album, but he already managed a surprise Album of the Year nomination in 2020 for his first EP “7,” even though it was less than 20 minutes in length. And of course he won two Grammys already for his blockbuster single “Old Town Road“: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video. So we know the recording academy likes him.
Nas could also clean up with his singles. “Call Me by Your Name” was his first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 since “Old Town Road” and sparked widespread discussion for its provocative video and its unabashedly gay themes, which set Nas apart in a hip-hop world that has often been marked by homophobia (just ask DaBaby). His next single, “Sun Goes Down,” didn’t make as big an impact on the charts but showcased more contemplative songwriting. And most recently the boastful “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow was another major success, launching at number-two and holding steady in the top 10 ever since.
As of this writing, “Call Me by Your Name” ranks third in our odds for Record of the Year, based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby users as of this writing. So chances are good that the recording academy will be calling him by his name when nominations are announced later this fall.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly listed the Grammys eligible period as ending on August 31 instead of the actual September 30.
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