The natural tendency is to move on and recognize other artists. But these next-year hits were so strong that they overcame that natural tendency.
Billie Eilish's Grammy haul on Jan. 26 included record of the year for her smash "Bad Guy." When the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards are announced later this year, Eilish has a very good chance of appearing in that category again with her current hit "Everything I Wanted." This would make her the first record of the year winner to be nominated again in that category the next year since U2 achieved this feat nearly two decades ago.
"Everything I Wanted," which has the soothing sound of a lullaby, is very different from the quirky "Bad Guy." That boosts its chances. If the two records were similar, the Nominations Review Committee, which makes the final determination in the Big Four categories -- album, record and song of the year, plus best new artist -- would be less inclined to reward Eilish (or any artist) with another nomination in that top category.
"Everything I Wanted" was a bonus track on the Target reissue of Eilish's album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? That reissue was released during the current Grammy eligibility year, which began Sept. 1, 2019.