Rodrigo can also be prone to be nominated for album of the 12 months for her debut, Bitter. The album is at present in its fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That is one of many three longest stays within the prime spot of any album launched on this eligibility interval (Sept. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021). The others are Morgan Wallen’s Harmful: The Double Album (10 weeks) and Taylor Swift’s Evermore (additionally 4 weeks). Bitter additionally made historical past as the primary debut album to comprise two songs that entered the Sizzling 100 at No. 1 — “drivers license” and “good 4 u.”
Bitter was included on Billboard’s unranked checklist of the 50 Finest Albums of 2021 So Far: Staff Picks. Writing concerning the album, Josh Glickman was impressed by Rodrigo’s songwriting. (She wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on the album.) He noticed: “From its starkest lyrics of insecurity to its most biting one-liners, her songwriting prowess is on full show all through.”
Bitter has a stable 83 ranking at Metacritic.com, the evaluation aggregation web site.
Rodrigo can also be prone to profit from the Grammys’ lengthy historical past of favoring younger, feminine singer/songwriter breakout stars within the prime classes. This dates again to Bobbie Gentry, who wrote and recorded the haunting 1967 smash “Ode to Billie Joe.” Gentry, 23 on the time, was the primary artist to be nominated in every of the Huge 4 classes in the identical 12 months.
Different younger feminine singer/songwriters — Tracy Chapman, Mariah Carey, India.Arie, Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish — have since matched that feat. Different younger ladies who’ve scored huge on the Grammys over time (although that exact feat eluded them) embody Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill, Swift, Norah Jones and Lorde. Rodrigo has been in comparison with a number of of those profitable artists for her music and artistry.
With all this going for it, Bitter might win album of the 12 months. That might make Rodrigo simply the third artist in Grammy historical past — following Christopher Cross and Eilish — to comb the Huge 4 awards in a single night time. Even when she loses album of the 12 months, and winds up with “simply” three of the Huge 4 awards, she’ll nonetheless be in excellent firm.
Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at finest new artist winners who, that 12 months, gained three or extra of the Huge 4 awards.
Clear Sweep (all 4 awards):
Christopher Cross: On the 1981 ceremony, Cross turned the primary artist to comb all 4 awards. He gained album of the 12 months for his eponymous debut and report and music of the 12 months for his hypnotic ballad “Crusing.” The Texan was the final main star to emerge earlier than MTV’s arrival in August 1981 put a larger concentrate on picture and appears.
Billie Eilish: On the 2020 ceremony, the then-18-year-old prodigy turned the primary feminine artist to comb all 4 awards. She gained album of the 12 months for her debut, When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go?, and report and music of the 12 months for “dangerous man” (which she co-wrote together with her brother, Finneas.)
Close to Sweep (three of the 4 awards):
Norah Jones: On the 2003 ceremony, Jones’ debut, Come Away With Me, gained album of the 12 months and her silky “Don’t Know Why” gained report of the 12 months. “Don’t Know Why” additionally gained music of the 12 months, however Jones didn’t write or co-write the music. The award went to its author, Jesse Harris.
Amy Winehouse: On the 2008 ceremony, Winehouse’s zesty, retro-shaded “Rehab” took report and music of the 12 months. Her second solo album, Again to Black, was nominated for album of the 12 months, however misplaced to Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters.
Sam Smith: On the 2015 ceremony, Smith’s soulful ballad “Keep With Me” gained report and music of the 12 months. (Smith co-wrote the music with James Napier and William Phillips.) His debut, Within the Lonely Hour, was nominated for album of the 12 months however misplaced to Beck’s Morning Part.