When the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards — slated for Jan. 31, 2021 — are announced later this year, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Maren Morris all have a good chance of appearing in both of the highest-profile categories: album and record of the year.
Now, with less than three months left in the eligibility period (which began Sept. 1, 2019, and will end Aug. 31), Billboard takes a look at the potential Big Four nominees, listed in descending order of their likelihood.
No country albums were nominated in this category last year, but that’s likely to change this time around. In fact, it’s possible that more than one country release will receive nods for the first time in Grammy history.
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
The genre-blurring star’s previous album, beerbongs & bentleys, was an album of the year nominee in 2018. This LP, Post Malone’s third, topped the Billboard 200 for five nonconsecutive weeks, longer than any other album in this eligibility year so far.
The Weeknd, After Hours
The R&B artist’s 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was nominated for album of the year — but two years later, his follow-up, Starboy, was passed over. Now, The Weeknd has another shot with his fourth LP, After Hours, which spent its first four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.