Will the Grammys be Drunk In Love with Beyoncé or will they fall for the sad, soulful sound of Sam Smith?
Sam and Sia
Sam Smith is a shoo-in for nominations in the top categories at the Grammys, including album of the year for In the Lonely Hour, song and record of the year for Stay With Me and best new artist. The British singer, who captured audiences with his emotional, Adele-like songs, also could earn nominations outside of the pop categories. A remix for Stay With Me, featuring Grammy favourite Mary J Blige, could compete in some R&B categories, while the remix of I'm Not the Only One with A$AP Rocky could be a contender for best rap/sung collaboration. Smith could also be nominated for best dance recording, thanks to his guest appearance on Naughty Boy's hit, La La La.
Sia, too, could be swimming in a sea of nominations, thanks for her skilled songwriting and solo breakthrough. She's written songs for Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Eminem, Maroon 5, Shakira and many others. She also enjoyed her first No. 1 album with 1000 Forms of Fear and launched a massive, worldwide hit with Chandelier.
Beyonce and Beyond
If Beyoncé doesn’t dominate in nominations at the upcoming Grammys, it will be just as surprising as the release of her self-titled album last year.
The pop queen could finally earn the coveted album of the year since the release of Beyoncé was earth-shattering and well-received. One thing's for sure: Beyoncé, who already owns 17 Grammys, will easily sweep the R&B categories.
Ariana And Iggy’s Big Problem
While Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea both have a strong chance of nominations for best new artist, they could cancel each other when it comes to song and record of the year. Azalea's Fancy is most likely to be up for the top honours, but the votes could split between that smash and Problem. Also, for awards like best pop duo/group performance or best rap/sung collaboration, songs like Fancy, Problem, Bang Bang with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J or Black Widow with Rita Ora could cancel each other out.
Azalea, though, should be a top contender in the rap categories, and Grande could earn a nomination for best pop vocal album for My Everything – which has launched four Top 10 pop hits – as well as nominations in the R&B categories, including her current duet with the Weeknd, Love Me Harder.
Happily Ever After
Oh happy day: Though Pharrell's Happy was released before Grammy eligibility – it originally came out in June 2013 as part of Despicable Me 2 – he submitted a live version of the song, so he has a chance of earning nominations for record of the year and best pop solo performance.
John Legend is in similar shoes: All of Me, another No 1 hit, also was released before eligibility, but he could also earned a nomination for the ballad's live rendition.
In the past, live songs have won Grammys: Adele won best pop solo performance for her live version of Set Fire to the Rain a year after she dominated the Grammys with wins for album, song and record of the year with "21" and Rolling In the Deep.
Hot Like Fire Or Cold As Ice?
Frozen may earn a nomination for album of the year since it is the year's best-selling album with 3.6 million units sold. Let It Go, also a multi-platinum success, could follow its Oscar win with nominations for record and song of the year, among other awards. Oh, how far Idina Menzel has come since John Travolta once called her Adele Dazeem.
Kendrick Lamar, who last year was nominated for seven awards but went home empty-handed, could find redemption next year. His latest single, i, will likely compete in categories like best rap song and rap performance.
Respect Your Elders
Barbra Streisand, whose duets album Partners debuted at No 1 and is one of the year's top-selling albums, could earn a number of nominations. Tony Bennett, who released a duet album of standards with Lady Gaga, could also compete in the pop and jazz categories.
While Taylor Swift's 1989 will qualify for nominations next year, her hit Shake It Off could earn nominations for song and record of the year as well as best pop solo performance. If it doesn't, hopefully she can shake it off.
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