Grammy voting closes Monday (Jan. 4) at 6 p.m. PT, so voting members of the Recording Academy who still haven’t made their selections — you know who you are — need to get busy. Now that the votes are (mostly) in, it’s time to speculate about how many Grammys this year’s nominations leader, Beyoncé, will add to her already impressive collection. We’ll find out on Jan. 31 when the 63rd annual Grammy Awards are presented in downtown Los Angeles.
Song of the year: For the first time in Grammy history, two song of the year nominees — “Black Parade” and H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe” — focus on race matters. Either could win — or they could split the votes. Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” won in this category 11 years ago. If “Black Parade” wins, she’ll become just the second female songwriter (following Adele) to win twice in this category.
Eilish and Finneas, last year’s winners for “Bad Guy,” are back in the running with “Everything I Wanted.” If they win, they’ll become the first songwriters in Grammy history to win back-to-back awards in this category. (Of course, in that event, Eilish, not Beyoncé, would be the second female songwriter to win twice in this category.)
Taylor Swift has her fifth nomination in the category with “Cardigan” (which she co-wrote with Aaron Dessner.) Swift has yet to win in this category. As with Beyoncé in the record of the year category, that could change this year. There’s a growing sense that Swift’s success stems from her songwriting. Possible hitch: Swift’s Folklore album seems to be the front-runner to win album of the year. Knowing that Swift is likely to win that award, voters might choose to share the wealth and look elsewhere here.