Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience has been the frontrunner to win the Grammy for Album of the Year virtually since the week it was released in March. With the nominations set to be announced on Friday, it's still the album to beat.
Lorde's "Royals" is the leading candidate for Record of the Year, with Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" close behind.
And we're headed for one of the most competitive Best New Artist races in years. Lorde and Imagine Dragons are likely to square off against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, and Florida Georgia Line.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a good chance of being nominated for all four of the top awards — Album, Record, and Song of the Year and Best New Artist. fun.
was nominated for all four awards last year (and won for Song of the Year and Best New Artist). Lorde could also be nominated for all four awards, though her album, Pure Heroine
, may fall short of an Album of the Year nomination. It was released just two months ago and hasn't had time to spawn a second big hit. Imagine Dragons can't be up for all four awards: Their album, Night Visions
, was entered for Album of the Year in the previous eligibility year and thus isn't eligible this year.
The eligibility year closed on Sept. 30. The awards will be presented on Jan. 26 at Staples Center.
Let's take a closer look at the "Big Four" categories.
Album of the Year
Look for Justin Timberlake
to make Grammy history this year. The *NSYNC
alum is vying to become the first former group member to make the Album of the Year finals with his or her first three solo albums. (Donald Fagen
were each nominated with their first two solo albums.) Timberlake was nominated for his solo debut album, Justified
, and his sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds
. His entry this year is The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience
, which combines the initial album and the sequel.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's debut, The Heist, is also a strong contender, on the strength of two #1 singles and the heartfelt and timely "Same Love."