LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Post Malone performs during Wireless Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park on July 6th, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
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When trying to determine what eight songs will end up with a Record of the Year nomination, a quick look at the biggest hits of the past year shows there are plenty of potential winners…but which ones will be lucky enough to be in the running?
There are a few standouts that must earn nods, and if they don’t, it will be extremely upsetting. Beyond the spots those surefire bets take up, any number of popular cuts could wind up with the honor of just being nominated.
Here are my eight choices for Record of the Year, as well as several other potential nominees.
Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” or “Thank U, Next”
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
Halsey – “Without Me”
Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)”
Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone – “Sunflower (ft. Swae Lee)”
Of all the tracks listed here, one absolutely must be nominated, and it deserves to be seriously considered for the win: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road.” The track shattered the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and dominated not just the U.S. but the entire world. Not nominating the crossover success would be much more than a slap in the face, it would be downright wrong.
Fellow No. 1 hits “Bad Guy,” “Sucker” and “Sunflower” will also end up here, and whichever song Ariana Grande goes with will likely also end up with a nom. Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” is weirdly eligible (even though it’s two years old), so that might be lucky here as well.
Potential Other Nominees
Record of the Year is usually populated by the bigger hits of the past eligibility period, and there are others that could be included this time around, and it’s hard to select which ones Grammy voters loved more than others.
Additional possible potential winners include Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing with a Stranger,” Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho,” Bad Bunny and Drake’s “MIA,” Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ “Please Me,” Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” and possibly even Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” though some of these stand better chances than others. Lesser-known tracks like Dan + Shay’s “Speechless,” H.E.R.’s “Hard Place” or Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” could also sneak in, though they would leave some scratching their heads, as they weren’t real smashes the public heard as much.