Women in Music 2016

2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony.

Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, meaning that any piece of music that will be awarded on Feb. 8, 2015 was released between Oct. 1, 2013 and today. (U2 reportedly snuck in under the deadline by releasing vinyls to a few retailers, but with uneven reviews, Songs of Innocence looks to be a non-factor.)

2015 Grammys: News and Predictions

Aside from a few sure things, this year’s Grammy field is particularly wide-open, with tons of potential nominees in each of the four major categories (album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist). Who will get the nods when Grammy season officially starts in a few months? Here are a few early predictions:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Best Bets

Beyonce, Beyonce



Queen Bey has been up for this award once before (in 2010, for I Am… Sasha Fierce), and with her surprise “visual album” becoming her most critically acclaimed full-length to date, she seems like the year’s only shoo-in here.

Jack White, Lazaretto

A Grammy darling, Jack White saw his debut solo album Blunderbuss snag an album of the year nod two years ago, and will likely represent rock again this year.

Ed Sheeran, x

Sheeran already has best new artist and song of the year nominations under his belt; x, a more complete album than his debut, seems like a good bet to continue rounding out his Grammys scorecard.

Eric Church, The Outsiders

One of the biggest debut sales weeks of the year also belonged to one of the best-reviewed country records in years. Eric Church made a leap in 2014, and the Grammys should notice.

Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear

With tons of industry respect, a Top 10 hit with “Chandelier” and a fascinating back story, Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear made her a household name, even though she still refuses to show her face.

The Other Contenders

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Pharrell Williams, G I R L
Katy Perry, PRISM
Ariana Grande, My Everything

RECORD OF THE YEAR

The Best Bets

Beyonce feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

Bey and Jay opened last January’s Grammy ceremony with their latest smash collaboration, and one can reasonably expect them to ride that surfboardt into 2015.

Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”



Smith’s breakout hit will follow songs like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” in snagging a record of the year nod for the flourishing U.K. singer.

Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”

The most successful Disney song in over a decade, the Frozen anthem is likely to follow its Oscar win with some Grammy acknowledgment.

Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

The Song of the Spring could lead Pharrell into consecutive record of the year wins, after Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” took home the prize in January.

Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”

Although Coldplay’s Ghost Stories was a downbeat release, “A Sky Full of Stars” gave the album an explosion of energy, and the long-running band another radio hit.

The Other Contenders

Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Bastille, “Pompeii”

SONG OF THE YEAR

The Best Bets

John Legend, “All of Me”



The songwriting category will presumably include the best new wedding anthem of the year, as John Legend notched a surprise hit in 2014 with his first No. 1 single.

Beyonce feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

Underestimate Beyonce at your own risk this year.

Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Could Smith be the first artist since Fun. two years ago to earn nominations in all four major categories? He certainly seems like a safe bet for this year’s songwriting shortlist.

Sia, “Chandelier”

The strength of Sia’s solo hit is its empathetic lyrics, once again showcasing the Australian artist as one of pop’s premier songwriters.

Ed Sheeran, “Sing”

The folk star went pop with the help of Pharrell, and scored an enduring Top 20 hit.

The Other Contenders

Bastille, “Pompeii”
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”

BEST NEW ARTIST

The Best Bets

Sam Smith

This seems like a no-brainer, but then again, we said the same thing about Lorde in this category last year! There are no sure things with the Grammy noms, but this might be the closest we come.

Iggy Azalea



A long-aspiring rap artist finally broke through with some impossibly catchy cuts, including the Song of the Summer, “Fancy.” Who’s that in the best new artist category? I-G-G-Y, of course.

5 Seconds of Summer

The Grammys have never been huge on teen pop, but 5SOS is enough of a rock entity — and crank out enough solid radio fare — to make the grade and sneak into this category.

Tove Lo

“Stay High (Habits)” keeps rising on the Hot 100, and more casual pop fans are discovering that this Swedish singer-songwriter has more than one killer tune; her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released on Tuesday, just in time for the Grammy cutoff.

Brantley Gilbert

The best new artist category has included a country representative nine out of the past 10 years, and although Gilbert is already on his third album, Just As I Am was such a breakout moment that the Grammys will give him the nod here.

The Other Contenders

FKA Twigs
Bleachers
ScHoolboy Q
Jhene Aiko
Cole Swindell