In 2023, the names of two ladies had been on everybody’s lips: Barbie, and Taylor Swift.
Each are represented on the Grammy Awards tonight.
Swift‘s music wants no introduction in fact, whereas Barbie makes the lower because of the contributions to the movie’s soundtrack by Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa (Ryan Gosling’s I am Simply Ken sadly did not make it a hat-trick, regardless of the Oscar nod).
After cementing herself firmly as the largest pop star on the planet with the beginning of her Eras tour final yr, this yr’s Grammys ceremony may very well be a record-breaker for Swift.
If the star takes residence the award for finest album for Midnights she is going to grow to be the primary artist to win the prize for a fourth time, having beforehand gained for Fearless (2010), 1989 (2016) and Folklore (2021).
These three awards presently tie her with Frank Sinatra, Stevie Marvel and Paul Simon, so a win this year would make Grammys history.
Nevertheless, regardless of being the most-nominated songwriter ever, shortlisted for music of the yr seven instances over time, Swift has by no means gained in that class earlier than.
Shocking, you would possibly assume, for a lady hailed as arguably essentially the most influential songwriter of her era. However then once more, despite a record 32 Grammy wins – essentially the most adorned artist ever – Beyonce has by no means gained album of the yr.
May Anti-Hero win Swift the prize for the primary time?
The lead single from Midnights was launched in October 2022 and spent six weeks on the prime of the charts within the UK, remaining within the prime 100 songs for a yr. Within the US, it topped the Billboard chart on eight weeks, main a prime 10 solely made up of Swift songs – making her the primary artist to attain the feat – when it initially charted.
On the Grammys, Anti-Hero faces competitors within the class from the likes of Eilish’s What Was I Made For? and British star Lipa’s Dance The Evening, their songs from the Barbie soundtrack, in addition to Flowers by Miley Cyrus. Vampire, by Olivia Rodrigo, Kill Invoice by SZA, Butterfly by Jon Batiste, and A&W by Lana Del Rey.
Swift is up for six awards in whole, additionally together with finest pop vocal album, finest pop solo efficiency, finest duo or group efficiency for Karma that includes Ice Spice, and report of the yr for Anti-Hero as soon as once more.
(For those who’re questioning what the distinction is: report of the yr offers with a particular recording of a music and recognises the artists, producers and engineers who contribute, whereas music of the yr celebrates the composition and recognises the songwriters.)
However Swift will not be the highest nominee
The honour of most-nominated artists goes to various pop and RnB singer SZA, who’s up for 9 awards.
In addition to the massive prizes already talked about, these embrace (deep breath): finest melodic rap efficiency; finest conventional RnB efficiency; finest progressive RnB album; finest RnB efficiency; finest RnB music; and finest pop duo/ group efficiency.
The star, whose actual title is Solana Rowe, garnered essential popularity of her second album SOS, launched on the finish of 2022, and can probably win in a number of of the style classes at the very least.
Nevertheless, with competitors from the likes of pop power phenomenon Swift and Grammys favorite Eilish in the primary teams, a clear sweep of 9 may very well be unlikely.
Following intently behind SZA is Victoria Monet, with seven nods, and Eilish, Rodrigo and Cyrus all have six alongside Swift.
Alongside SZA, Burna Boy, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Travis Scott are set to take to the stage.
Plus, Joni Mitchell will make her Grammys performing debut and U2 will ship the first-ever broadcast efficiency from the multibillion-dollar Sphere venue in Las Vegas, the place they started a residency in September.
Who will not be performing? Swift, apparently. Whereas she is going to attend, the very fact the following leg of her Eras tour kicks off in Japan on Wednesday means she’s saving her vitality, based on experiences.
And do not anticipate to see NFL star boyfriend Travis Kelce there both – he is busy making ready for one thing known as the Tremendous Bowl, apparently, however will little doubt be tuning in to “watch her win each single award that she’s nominated for”, as he mentioned in a current podcast interview.
The ceremony can be hosted by Trevor Noah, and stars presenting awards embrace Christina Aguilera, Samara Pleasure, Lenny Kravitz, Maluma, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Meryl Streep, Taylor Tomlinson and Oprah Winfrey.
The putting factor in regards to the massive classes…
You may need realised that except Batiste, all of the artists nominated for music of the yr are ladies. The class recognises songwriters so all collaborators, female and male, are additionally within the operating – Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell, for instance, and Mark Ronson as a co-writer of Dance The Evening, whereas Jack Antonoff is nominated twice.as a co-writer for each Anti-Hero and A&W.
However the artists fronting the songs are predominantly feminine. The identical is true within the report of the yr group, which sees feminine indie trio boygenius and Victoria Monet up in opposition to Swift, Cyrus, Rodrigo, Eilish and SZA. And Batiste as soon as once more representing the lads.
For album of the yr, the nominees are: Guts by Rodrigo; the report by boygenius; Midnights by Swift; SOS by SZA, The Age Of Pleasure by Janelle Monae; Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Below Ocean Blvd, by Lana Del Rey and Countless Summer time Trip by Cyrus. And – you have guessed it – World Music Radio by Batiste.
So until there is a main upset, the ceremony appears to be like set to be a celebration of a yr through which feminine artists have dominated the charts and our playlists – mirrored to a lesser extent within the Brits nominations right here within the UK, the place more than half the nominees are women.
Greatest new artist
This award is among the massive ones, beforehand gained by Eilish, Rodrigo, Sam Smith, Adele, John Legend, Amy Winehouse and loads of different performers who went on to grow to be big stars.
Within the operating this yr are:
• Jelly Roll
• The Struggle And Treaty
• Victoria Monet
• Noah Kahan
• Coco Jones
• Ice Spice
• Fred Once more
• Gracie Abrams
Noah Kahan’s Stick Season has been an enormous hit, and rapper Ice Spice can be a favorite.
Grammys truth: ought to The Struggle And Treaty win, they’d grow to be the primary husband and spouse duo to take residence the prize.
And one other one: if US rapper Jelly Roll, who’s 39, takes the prize, he’ll be the oldest solo artist to take action – taking the title from Sheryl Crow, who was 33 when she gained in 1995.
What different information may very well be damaged?
Nicely, one which undoubtedly will not is Beyonce’s. With 12 wins underneath her belt heading into the ceremony, even when Swift wins all six she’s up for her tally will stand at 18 – nonetheless a good option to go to match Queen Bey’s 32. And SZA has gained one earlier than, so a clear sweep for her would take her to 10.
If Eilish wins report of the yr for What Was I Made For? she is going to grow to be the one feminine artist to have gained the prize 3 times – having gained beforehand for Dangerous Man and Every thing I Needed – and solely the third artist in whole, matching Paul Simon and Bruno Mars.
Then there’s eight-time winner Antonoff, who this yr is up for 5 prizes in whole – together with report of the yr as a producer on Anti-Hero (as nearly all paths lead again to Swift, it appears). Ought to he win that one, he turns into a part of the elite Grammys membership for many who have gained all of what are thought of the 4 main awards – report, music, album and finest new artist. Present members are Adele, Eilish and Christopher Cross, so it is fairly unique.
The Grammys ceremony takes place on the Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles on Sunday, with the purple carpet beginning at about 11pm UK time and the ceremony at 1am on Monday