Daniel Montgomery is still outraged at the Emmys for snubbing "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" all those years. That travesty of justice was a significant factor that drove his interest in showbiz awards; who does the industry uphold as its best, and why? Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Montgomery earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in film studies from the University at Albany. He's a self-published writer of short fiction in addition to his awards and reality TV prognostication at Gold Derby. And he'll never let you forget that he correctly predicted 23 out of 24 Oscar categories the year "Birdman" won Best Picture.
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June 30, 2022 at 11:33 am #1205000644
Lord knows I’m not familiar with most of these people, but as I was adding most of them into the prediction center the words “Arooj Aftab” kept floating through my mind LOL. This category is live now in the predictions center, including some of the potentially dubious contenders like Joji and Summer Walker who could end up disqualified depending on how many times they’ve submitted/how established they’re determined to be. A long way to go between now and nominations, so there will be time to clean up as needed.April 18, 2022 at 3:35 pm #1204922420
I’ve added “Red (Taylor’s Version)” to Album of the Year. I hope she decides not to submit it though. Even though the original didn’t win any Grammys, it would still be like double-dipping to submit a remake of her own work. Submitting newly recorded or extended songs doesn’t bother me, but “Red” getting another chance as an album seems greedy to me for an artist who has won AOTY three times.April 13, 2022 at 9:22 am #1204915588
Why is All Too Well (10 min version) not included in SOTY and ROTY, but I Bet You Think About Me Is? All Too Well is the much more likely candidate
I just added “All Too Well.” Might take some time for it to show up in the predictions center. Not sure what its eligibility will be as an extended, re-recorded version of a song she released in 2012, but we can cross that bridge when we get to it.November 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm #1204566144
Sorry for the delay, but I’ve added H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” to ROTY and SOTY in the predictions center and removed “Damage.” If you don’t see it in there right away, it’ll probably be up within an hour or two.November 1, 2021 at 9:39 pm #1204552504
UPDATE: Sorry for the delay. I hoped to have these ready by the end of last week, but there’s a lot in the pipeline at Gold Derby right now, so I’ll try to launch this week with nominations probably after the Thanksgiving breakOctober 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm #1204542148
thank you for all of your hard work, Daniel. We really appreciate it. when can we look forward to being able to fill out our ballots? and how many nominees will there be in certain categories?
I’m hoping to launch them before the end of the week to give people a couple of weeks to vote and then announce before Grammy noms. I’ve been spending most of the day referring to the music forum genre threads to fill out some genre fields where I hadn’t already added as many candidates for the Grammys predictions center like rock and R&B. It’s an even bigger job than I expected since I’m less personally knowledgeable in some genres.
Seeing some of the suggestions and requests above, I’m resigned to the fact that I’m gonna make some of y’all mad when these launch LOL. In an ideal world I’d be able to create categories for everything, and add every possible artist/album/song, but that simply won’t be possible since I’m a one-man-band entering hundreds of candidates. But I appreciate all the feedback, and once it’s launched I’ll invite you to DM me with anyone I’ve missed who you would like to vote for in a category, and I’ll do my best to accommodate those requests.
To answer the above question and a related question someone else asked, you’ll be able to vote for 5 in the top categories (Artist, Record, Album, Song, New Artist) in order of preference. Your number one choice will get 5 points, next will get 4, and so on down the line. There will be 10 nominees in these categories.
For all other categories (genre, collaboration, music videos), you will vote for your top 3 in order of preference (your top choice gets 3 points, second gets 2, third gets 1). There will ultimately be 5 nominees in each of these categories.
And I can confirm that I will be including some artists/songs/albums across multiple genres. If any of them get enough votes to be nominated in two different genres, I will only nominate them in the category where they got more votes. That way I don’t have to rely on the Grammys’ sometimes quirky genre decisions or impose my own judgments. If you’re worried they’ll split votes across genres, you’re welcome to vote for them in both places.October 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm #1204528591
I would also include best cover, since the song categories award the songwriters and performers and they are not newly written
Good point! I think a better solution is to nominate just the recording artist and not the songwriters in cases where a cover is nominated.October 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm #1204528519
So far it looks like 23 categories (or 22 if I decide to cut Latin Artists and include those musicians into their other associated genres like pop, rock, or hip-hop):
Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Music Video
Rock/Alternative SongAugust 27, 2021 at 8:46 am #1204419489
Sometimes it takes the system a little while to refresh. Both candidates should appear within a couple of hoursMarch 5, 2021 at 9:46 am #1204085606
The announcement will go live at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z43zEQ23CmI&ab_channel=GoldDerby%2FGoldDerby
The article with the full list of nominees and winners will then be published to the website at around 10:20am Pacific/1:20pm EasternNovember 20, 2020 at 8:17 pm #1203851876
Are there some not great decisions here? Yes, artist nominations for Ariana Grande, Cardi B, and Beyoncé despite all barely releasing any music in the eligibility period, and “Stupid Love”, “WAP”, and “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” all receiving nominations in categories they didn’t even submit to at the Grammys are questionable to say the least. But did we get some cool out of left field picks? Yes, Punisher, Sawayama, Joji, and Orville Peck are interesting picks that we won’t likely get at the Grammys, so even if you personally didn’t vote for them I think they’re worth applauding.
I appreciate this sentiment, which is how I felt as I saw the votes coming in (for eligibility we left in what was eligible during the 12 months in contention in addition to what was submitted for Grammys, and let voters make whatever calls they decided). Stans got a lot of what they wanted with Taylor, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles (whose work all got significant acclaim), but we also got top noms for people who weren’t obvious stan picks like Rina Sawayama, Phoebe Bridgers, and Chloe x Halle.
I’m proud of the list we put together even though I myself don’t personally agree with all the picks. These are our first music awards. They’re voted on by users. And as JGibson pointed out, TV and movie fans are typically just as mad at us for our nominations every year. So if you’re outraged at our noms, it’s even more an indication that you’re a welcome member of the Gold Derby family. And I thank you all so much for your input as we’ve put these together. I care about music, and I want to serve this community as best I can 🙂October 21, 2020 at 10:31 am #1203793853
Wild that Finneas is eligible for Best New Artist. I understand the reasoning for him being technically eligible since he only won for behind-the-scenes work with Billie Eilish, but I were screening those submissions, I probably would have disqualified him.
I’ve added him to the predictions center. I suspect he’d get enough votes from the academy to be nominated, but I wonder if the review committee might decide against it.Not now