The 2015 Grammy Awards features a category where the industry's hottest artists are facing off, including Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea.
The Record of the Year category is particularly strong with five monster hit songs in the mix. The nominations for Record of the Year at the 2015 Grammys are:
Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Chandelier - Sia
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) - Sam Smith
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
These were some of the biggest hits of the year but only one of them will take home the trophy for Record of the Year. Here is a breakdown of the likelihood of which song will come out on top.
5. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Trainor is arguably the least known artist in this lineup, but All About That Bass was definitely a breakout hit for her. With a catchy melody and clever lyrics, the song clearly resonated with Grammy voters. While the throwback feel may have bridged the gap between young and old listeners, the song wasn't as acclaimed or beloved compared to other songs in the category.
4. Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Azalea certainly left her mark on the rap industry with her own breakout hit, Fancy. The song was an undeniable hit that catapulted her into superstardom, despite having her fair share of haters. But the fact remains that no hip-hop or rap song has ever won Record of the Year, putting Azalea at a clear disadvantage.
3. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
The minute Shake It Off was released it seemed like no other song mattered, at least to radio and television. Already one of Swift's most successful singles, the song was beloved by people from all generations. That said, the song's message is strong but the overall production may be too frivolous and lightweight for Grammy voters, who often go for songs that are either more meaningful or feature more complex production.
2. Chandelier - Sia
Undoubtedly the most popular song in Sia's storied career, Chandelier is perhaps the most unique sounding song in this category. With soaring vocals and a passionate message, Chandelier will definitely be getting some votes within the academy. She is an industry favorite, though it's possible that some could be turned off by her performance style of not showing her face. Though it's a great song, there is one that seems most likely to win the trophy...
1. Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) - Sam Smith
If there was such a thing as Grammy bait, Stay With Me would probably be it. This simple song with great vocals and a simple yet universal message seems almost tailor-made to collect awards. It also helps that it happens to be a great, beloved song. Additionally, Smith is the only artist to get into all four General categories this year, so he is clearly loved within the voting body. Voters have fully embraced soft rock/pop the most in the past, so Stay With Me is probably the safest bet to win Record of the Year.
While Enstars is predicting Stay With Me to win, any one of these nominees could conceivably win a trophy on Grammy night.
The 2015 Grammy Awards are slated to air on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.