Billie Eilish was one of the biggest winners at the 2021 Grammys, as she took home two prizes, including one of the big four in a major upset. Many in the industry estimated that Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé would walk away with Record of the Year for their collaborative “Savage,” which did claim several honors…but it wasn’t called toward the end of the evening.
Instead, Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” a standalone single that was a hit, but not a true smash, was named the winner, giving the teen performer her second trophy in that vertical in as many years. Now, it seems like she may already be headed for an incredible third nomination in the field.
The 2021 Grammys may have just concluded only a few weeks ago, but believe it or not, the cutoff date for eligibility for the next round of nominations is already more than halfway through. All songs and albums hoping to be up for a golden gramophone in 2022 need to be released between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, so there’s only about five months left to go. It’s likely that many of the titles that will go on to earn nods have already come out, and thus prediction season is already upon us.
Eilish’s current single “Therefore I Am” is her only eligible release so far, and there’s plenty of reason to believe Recording Academy voters will choose to include it when picking the Record of the Year nominees latrine 2021.
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“Therefore I Am” arrived as something of a surprise this past November, and it debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, almost becoming Eilish’s second chart-topper on the most important singles list. It didn’t live inside the top 10 for very long, but it has now spent months on the tally. Charts don’t factor into Grammy votes and wins (or they shouldn’t), but if a track can live on the Billboard rankings for a long time, it typically means it made a real impact and reached a larger audience.
The cut also became a true radio giant, hitting No. 1 on both the Alternative Airplay and recently the Pop Airplay charts, a feat which is incredibly rare, and which shows just how popular and widely-liked the tune is.
In many ways, “Therefore I Am” has performed better on the Billboard charts than “Everything I Wanted,” and it’s still going. It may disappear soon, but it’s impact is already clear.
It’s obvious that Grammy voters love Eilish, as they’ve given her seven awards with just one album under her belt. She’s already claimed the four most competitive prizes there are (including Record of the Year twice), and she hasn’t done anything to burn bridges or cast off her good luck. Combine that with what appears to be a relative lack of songs that seem like prime contenders for the honor, and it’s beginning to look like the woman who will only be 20 at the next ceremony may be headed toward a third consecutive Record of the Year nomination.