This album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, Sullivan’s best showing to date. It won album of the year at the BET Awards in June. While Sullivan has gone 0-12 at the Grammys over the years, this may well be her time to finally bring one (or more) home.
evermore or Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
If evermore is nominated, it would mark a first for Swift, who has never been nominated in this category with her follow-up to an album of the year winner. (In other words, Speak Now and reputation, which followed Fearless and 1989, respectively, fell short.)
Tyler, The Creator
Call Me If You Get Lost
The artist won his first Grammy in March with IGOR (best rap album). This would be the rapper-singer’s first album of the year nod as a lead artist, though he was nominated as a featured artist nine years ago on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.
Within Reach: Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News, Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over, Justin Bieber’s Justice, Lorde’s Solar Power (due Aug. 20), Eric Church’s Heart & Soul, Brothers Osborne’s Skeletons, Giveon’s When It’s All Said And Done... Take Time, Doja Cat’s Planet Her, Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You
After getting shut out of the 2020 nominations, The Weeknd said he won’t allow his recordings to be entered in the Grammy process going forward, but artists have been known to change their minds. “Save Your Tears,” which received a smash remix with Ariana Grande, would be a strong contender here. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in May. Last year, 1,463 songs were entered in this category — here is this year’s shortlist of likely candidates.