For anyone whose known me for the past seven years or so, it is pretty apparent that I am sort of a walking, talking encyclopedia of award show knowledge. If someone were to ask me to name off the last ten Best Actor Oscar winners, with the occasional pause, I probably would be able to do it in less than two minutes. I know…it’s that bad!
In hindsight, the GRAMMY Awards is sort of to blame for this infatuation of mine. Ever since Lauryn Hill swept the kudos-fest back in 1998 (winning five trophies including Album of the Year for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), I have spent each following year coming up with my own predictions for nominations and winners.
Before the 52nd Annual Grammy Award nominations are announced this coming December, The Hit Music Academy will be giving our readers an in-depth look at the possible outcome of various categories.
For those of you who don’t follow them closely, the GRAMMYs are presented every year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). In order for an artist or band to be considered for any of the prizes, they must have released albums and/or singles during the eligibility period (from the beginning of October to the close of the following September).
In an effort to acknowledge all types of music, categories are broken down by genre including pop, rock, R&B and even comedy. While genre category nominees are chosen by the general membership of NARAS, those in the “Big Four” (Record, Album, Song of the Year and Best New Artist) are selected by a group of randomly selected members called the Blue Ribbon Panel.
For anyone looking to forecast GRAMMY results accurately, the entry lists of all albums, singles and music videos submitted becomes your best friend. For the past couple of years, they have somehow been leaked online shortly after the eligibility period has ended (before being yanked off by the higher ups at NARAS). If you are unable to catch a sneak at the entry lists, then paying attention to various happenings in music throughout the year becomes ultra important.
In 2008, Lil Wayne’s critically-acclaimed Tha Carter III was so huge that it sold over one million copies in its first week of release. Also, let us not forget the sheer number of guest appearances he made on other artists’ singles coupled with his own. Simply put, his buzz was TOO big to ignore and it was no surprise that he led the pack with eight nominations.
For more GRAMMY Award madness, be on the lookout for my forthcoming analysis of the pop category.