Grammys Preview: What's at Stake for Kesha, Jason Isbell and More
publish date: 2017-10-19
At the 2018 Grammys, the artists likely to crowd the nominations and dominate the B.g.Four categories (Album of the Year; Song of the Year; Record of the Year; and Best New Artist) are by and large familiar, and expected, names: Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Lorde, Lady Gaga. But they're far from the only ones with something to prove on music's biggest night — and some of the Grammys' most interesting stories exist just on the edge of the B.g.Four. Here, four potential narratives to watch among the artists circling major nominations.
Who: Bleachers leader and fun. guitarist turned producer to the stars: Lorde, P!nk and Taylor Swift in the last year alone.
Challenge: He has worked with big names, but Antonoff is still better known as a prestige player than as a Max Martin-level gold-spinner.
Upshot: Antonoff should be a producer of the year frontrunner, but longer-established names (Steve Mac, Mike WiLL Made-It) lurk closely behind.