Call It A 'Maybe' List Of 2015 Homegrown Grammy Winners

With the 2016 Grammy nominations due to be announced this coming Dec. 7, Billboard magazine is way ahead of the game in making its predictions of who will walk away with the “Big Four”—Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist—come Feb. 15th.

While it’s pretty much a lock that Taylor Swift will earn her fair share of hardware (and hopefully avoid Kanye West’s wrath), prognostications indicate that her stiffest competition will likely be from Canadian artists The Weeknd and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Billboard scribe Alan Light seemed particularly confident that The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness will be a strong contender for Album of the Year, noting that it spawned two No. 1 singles (“The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”) and “marked the real arrival of a star who has been rising for a few years.”

And while it could be said that Jepsen found her stardom straight out of the gate with “Call Me Maybe,” her latest release, Emotion, has maintained her status among fans and critics alike, making it a potential dark horse in the same category against Swift’s 1989 juggernaut. “Don’t count out Carly Rae Jepsen as a surprise contender for her bubble-gum gem,” Light writes.

Rounding out the potential Canadian contingent is Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” which Light says could earn a Record of the Year nomination.


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