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What makes a well-written song is difficult to pinpoint. Sometimes it’s lyrics that break a heart, while other times, the perfect hook can lead to a songwriter (or more likely songwriters) ended up nominees for the greatest prize for those working behind the scenes in the music business.
At the 2021 Grammys, the Song of the Year category is sure to be a healthy mix of love balladry and pop perfection, as has been the case for a few years now.
Here’s a look at very early predictions for Song of the Year.
At the upcoming 2021 Grammys, there is sure to be at least 50% overlap between Record and Song of the Year, which isn’t unusual for the two separate, but related categories. Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s “10,000 Hours” and Maroon 5’s “Memories” both sound like perfectly-crafted nominees, and it helps they they ended up becoming smashes as well. Voters love syrupy-sweet love songs and ones that may bring a tear to the listener’s eye, so it’s safe to count these in.
Once again, Billie Eilish could easily snag a nod with either “Everything I Wanted” or “No Time to Die,” even though both of those cuts weren’t as successful as her previously-called-out cut “Bad Guy,” nor the two titles mentioned above. Eilish will still be riding high off her domination at the 2020 Grammys, and voters are sure to still be in love with her by then.
Two previous chart-toppers, Post Malone’s “Circles” and Selena Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me,” are fair game and appear to be well on their way to inclusion, which would benefit a large number of songwriters (there are 10 credited writers between them). The latter of the two may even be a lock, as it is regarded as perhaps the singer’s most personal and touching track yet.
Halsey’s “You Should Be Sad” and Luke Combs’ “Even Though I’m Leaving” both failed to break into the Hot 100’s loftiest tier, but that might not be enough to stop them from being nominated, as they are both emotional and deeply personal compositions.
There’s A Shot
Less likely, but certainly not out of the question, are Harry Styles’ “Adore You” or “Lights Up” (though chances are he sticks with the bigger hit of the two in the United States, which is the former), Lizzo and Ariana Grande’s remixed “Good as Hell” and The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (though he may change course depending on how his next few singles perform throughout the coming months). They were all huge, and the songwriting played a big part in their success.