Is Meghan Trainor Eligible For a Grammy? 2016 Could Be A Huge Year For The Pop Star
This "All About That Bass" singer made quite a splash at Billboard's 2015 American Music Awards last month, when she surprised the world by making out with Charlie Puth on-stage. But can she turn even more heads at the 2016 Grammys with some shiny awards? It turns out, there's a huge chance that Meghan Trainor could be nominated for a Grammy again — and, hopefully, actually win the statue while she's at it.
Last year, the blonde beauty nabbed her first-ever Grammy nomination at the age of only 21 for the Record of the Year Category (for her hit single "All About That Bass") and the Song of The Year Category (for "All About That Bass" as well). However, after losing to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" in both categories, the chances of her winning on her first nomination were lost forever.
However, this year is a brand new ballgame! Eligibility for music's biggest night includes all music "released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015," according to Grammy.org. And just when was Trainor's major hit album, Title, publicly released? January 13, 2015. Smack dab in the middle of eligible albums.
So, what has my hopes for Trainor receiving some nominations up pretty high? The fact that when Title — Trainor's first-ever full-length album — had first debuted, it came up as no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the largest female pop debut since Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream was released in 2009. Which was actually not surprising at all once we all saw how the album has faired following its initial release.
Title ended up spending this past year getting recognized all across the Billboard Charts with hit singles from the album, including, "Lips Are Movin'" reaching no. 4 on December 27, "Dear Future Husband" reaching no. 14 as of June 2, and "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" making it up to no. 8 on the charts so far. Also, adding to the already anxious buzz, OfficialCharts.com placed Title as the seventh best selling album in 2015 as of the end of this past September — when the eligibility for the 2016 Grammys just so happened to reach it's end.
So, what are her odds in regards to receiving those coveted 2016 Grammy nominations? They seem to be pretty much in her favor. In fact, the categories I can see her being placed in include those of which would give her second nominations in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories, and maybe even a first-time nomination in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
But, don't get your hopes up just yet when it comes to the practicality of wins. Even though Adele's record-breaking album, 25, is not in the running — Taylor Swift's 1989 is. With "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood" both reaching no. 1, and various other chart-topping hits, the odds may be leaning in Swift's favor instead.
However, overall, what Grammy success all comes down to is the appeals of the Grammy voters themselves. With Title's unique and fresh doo-wop sound, it just might have that twist they've been looking for, and that may just be what it takes to whisk the competition away. We'll just have to wait and see.