Forget about the 2014 Grammys… now that we know who won — congrats Daft Punk! — they’re already passé.
Instead, let’s talk about next year’s awards, which will totally be better, and not just because they will contain 200 percent more Beyoncé (four minutes of onstage “grab-ass” just isn’t enough!) Thanks to the Recording Academy’s rather odd eligibility requirements, a whole bunch of albums released over the past few months didn’t make the cut for the 2014 Grammys … which means it’s game on for the 2015 ceremony.
In fact, next year’s Grammys are already shaping up to be one for the ages, with the biggest names in the business set to battle it out on the big stage. So why should you have to wait until next February to find out who will come out on top? Here are our w-a-a-y too early picks for the 2015 Grammys.
Beyoncé, Beyoncé: Her game-changing, top-secret album probably would have been a lock for an Album of the Year nod even if it wasn’t a commercial success … but when you factor in its record-setting sales , well, there’s no telling how many nominations she’ll nab.
Record and Song of the Year also seem like no-brainers for Bey, and she should also continue her domination of the R&B categories, too. And given that Beyoncé is also a visual album, expect her to rack up video and film nominations too. It wouldn’t surprise if she’s the most-nominated artist at next year’s show.
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2: First single “Berzerk” was released during the eligibility period for this year’s Grammys, and it picked up a nom for Best Rap Performance (ultimately losing to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis). MMLP2 was released in November, meaning it’s in the running for the 2015 awards. It sold well enough to warrant Album of the Year consideration, and if it picks up a nomination, it would be his fourth in the category. AOTY might be a longshot, but if current single “The Monster” continues to cook, Record of the Year might be a foregone conclusion, especially since his last team-up with Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie,” was nominated in the category a few years ago.
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz and Katy Perry, Prism: They battled it out for pop supremacy in 2013, and Katy’s “Roar” even picked up a pair of Grammy nods, though both of their albums were released after the eligibility period for this year’s show. So expect them to go head-to-head in several pop categories at the 2015 show, with each also having an outside shot at a Record or Song of the year nomination, too. Does either Bangerz or Prism have the legs to contend for Album of the Year? Probably not, though we’ll just have to wait and see.
Ed Sheeran‘s upcoming album: While the jury’s still out on whether it’ll be death metal or not, Sheeran’s sophomore album is definitely hitting stores in 2014 … and given that he’s already proven to be a favorite of Grammy voters — picking up a Song of the Year nom in 2013 and slot in the Best New Artist category this year — it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him rack up the nominations in 2015. Expect to hear his name plenty of times at next year’s ceremony.
Upcoming albums from the Black Keys, Foo Fighters and U2: Say hello to 60 percent of your 2015 Best Rock Album nominees. All three acts are dropping highly anticipated albums this year, and with a combined 43 Grammy wins between them, well, let’s just say they’ve got history with voters. Each has also been nominated for Album of the Year (U2′s won it twice), so expect at least one of their efforts to be up for the award in 2015, with Record and Song also strong possibilities.
Upcoming albums from Kanye West and Frank Ocean: They’re both favorites of Grammy voters (despite West’s insistences to the contrary ) and both are supposedly releasing new albums in 2014: Ocean’s follow-up to Channel Orange is due this summer, and Kanye’s latest due whenever he damn well feels like it. Expect plenty of nominations for each, and something tells us they might end up duking it out in one of the big categories … maybe Record or Song of the Year?
Arcade Fire, Reflektor and Beck, Morning Phase: The last Arcade Fire record, The Suburbs, became the most unlikely Album of the Year winner in recent memory, and while the follow-up, Reflektor, missed the deadline for the 2014 Grammys, expect voters to still show it love at the 2015 awards. Beck’s first album in nearly six years, Morning Phase, is already garnering advance buzz, and it could make him the year’s biggest comeback story. Could he end up with an Album of the Year nod at the 2015 show? Hey, he’s already got two of them — one for 1999′s oversexxxed Midnite Vultures — so stranger things have happened.