Early nomination predictions for top awards at 65th Annual Grammys


This year’s Grammy nominees will be announced on Nov. 15, with competition to make the short lists fierce as usual. There will be 10 nominees for each of the four big categories. Here’s how I think it may go.

The first major category is album of the year. Beyonce for her album “Renaissance” and Kendrick Lamar for “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” are looking for their first wins here. Taylor Swift, who has won album of the year in the past, could make history with “Red (Taylor’s Version)” seeing as it is a re-recording of her own album.

Adele’s album “30” may also be nominated. Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” however, has a shot at stealing the award and becoming the first Spanish-language album to win a Grammy. Other albums that may make the list include “In These Silent Days” by Brandi Carlile, “An Evening with Silk Sonic” by Silk Sonic, the “Encanto” film soundtrack with songs by various artists, “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles and “=” by Ed Sheeran.

For song of the year, Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)” may not be eligible; the Recording Academy has yet to make a final ruling. Lizzo, who has already won a Grammy previously for her song “Truth Hurts,” may be nominated for her “About Damn Time.”

Harry Styles has never won in the best song category, but his song “As It Was,” may could score a nod this year. “Boyfriend” by Dove Cameron, the song that helped her shed her Disney Channel image, could be the second song with an LGBTQ+ theme to be nominated in the best song category. Another notable song to mention is “Numb Little Bug” by Em Beihold. Although the song has a whimsical sound, it makes serious points about mental health; other recordings with such themes have been nominated in the past. There are more songs that could make it, including “Break My Soul” by Beyonce, “Easy On Me” by Adele, “First Class” by Jack Harlow and “Glimpse of Us” by Joji.

Several recordings that might be nominated for song of the year may also end up on the list for the record of the year. “MAMMIII” by Becky G featuring Karol G could be the first all-Latin collaboration to be nominated. “Break My Soul” by Beyonce would be her eighth nomination for this award, a new record. Beyonce is currently tied with Frank Sinatra for the most wins for record of the year.

“Woman” by Doja Cat could be her third consecutive nomination; she would also be the third woman to get three straight noms in this category. “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons and JID from the series “Arcane: League of Legends” might become the first song from a TV show to to get a nod. Notable also for this category are “Easy On Me” by Adele, “First Class” by Jack Harlow, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, “Smokin’ Out the Window” by Silk Sonic and “As It Was” by Harry Styles.

In the best new artist category, there is a wide variety of potential contenders. Zach Bryan recently had hits on the playlists Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs. Dove Cameron has been known for years for her work on Disney Channel projects, but she may be recognized as a new artist at this year’s Grammys. GAYLE, who reached number three on the Hot 100 with her song “abcdefu,” is also very much in the running. The Linda Lindas, an all-female punk-rock band that won best punk record at the Liebra Awards for their song “Racist, Sexist Boy,” are also possible contenders. Other rising artists are Em Beihold, Latto, Muni Long, Lauren Spencer-Smith and Lainey Wilson.