Grammy Watch: Will a One Direction Member Finally Earn a Nomination?

August 17, 2017 - one direction

In a months heading adult to a 59th Grammy Awards this January, Billboard will be featuring Grammy Watch, a weekly mainstay looking during a artists, strain and trends approaching to to underline heavily during this year’s ceremonies. This week: Jason Lipshutz analyzes a chances that a 5 stream and former members of One Direction competence have during removing solo Grammy approval in 2018, and in that categories they competence finish adult striking.

Earlier this month, sleeping cocktail hulk One Direction notched a rather conspicuous draft achievement, notwithstanding being on interregnum for over a year: all 5 members of a mega-selling British organisation have now warranted during slightest one solo tip 40 strike on a Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Louis Tomlinson was a final member to join a bar when “Back to You,” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, recently debuted during No. 40 on a chart. Liam Payne and Niall Horan any have stream Top 20 hits with “Strip That Down” and “Slow Hands,” respectively, while Harry Styles and Zayn have any entered a Top 10 on their ownm with songs like “Sign of a Times” and “Pillowtalk.”

All 5 of a 1D lads are doing utterly good for themselves, and all 5 have expelled new strain given a start of 2017… and thus, would be authorised for a 2018 Grammy Awards. However, history’s user opposite a quintet of burgeoning stolo stars: Over a march of their 5 albums and 6 Hot 100 Top 10 hits together, One Direction perceived accurately 0 Grammy nominations.

Yes, a biggest cocktail organisation of a final decade never warranted any Grammy love, even in a genre categories. Of course, we competence hear that and consternation when have a Grammys ever deigned to ackonwledge a child band’s existence. But there is precedent: Backstreet Boys showed adult in 3 of a 4 vital categories during their peak, including Album of a Year in 2000 for Millennium. So can a 1D guys during prolonged final snap their cold streak, now as solo artists?

Right now, with 6 weeks or so before a finish of a 2018 eligibility duration and three-and-a-half months before a nominees are revealed, a answer appears to be: maybe. There are no thatch among a outlay of Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn — zero that would be intolerable if it was ignored when nominations are announced on Nov. 28. Yet there are a handful of intensity spots that a OneDirection lads could still pretty fill, formed on a ubiquitous accepting to some of their projects and a approach they are being submitted for Grammy consideration. Who knows? Maybe Grammy night will finally be circled on a calendars of doctrinaire Directioners.

Let’s mangle down a chances of any One Direction member of securing a assignment during a 60th annual Grammy Awards, to be hold Jan. 28, 2018:

Liam Payne

Liam’s entrance solo track, “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo, has served as a plain introduction to his solo career, and has been surging on a Hot 100 draft as of late. Meanwhile, his Zedd partnership “Get Low” was recently expelled and has burst a Hot 100, nonetheless it competence be removing off to a slower start than Zedd’s before singular “Stay” (feat. Alessia Cara).

Payne’s best shot would be a warn curtsy in a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance difficulty for “Strip That Down” — nonetheless “surprise” is a user word here; a singular has been a blurb success, though has been treated by critics as a frothy dance lane instead of a matter to be taken seriously. While “Strip That Down” signals a aspiring solo career for Liam, his best shot during Grammy bullion will approaching come over 2018.

Louis Tomlinson

Although “Back to You” is now Tomlinson’s highest-charting strike and is still settling in during radio, his best possibility during a assignment competence be with his initial solo outing, a Steve Aoki partnership “Just Hold On.” Although a dance lane did not cranky into a U.S. cocktail mainstream this spring, it did perform good opposite Europe, and Louis enjoyed some high-profile festival appearances alongside Aoki compelling a track.

That prominence could lead to a assignment in a Best Dance Recording category, that is mostly dotted with marks by A-list dance artists and their featured vocalists (The Chainsmokers and Daya won a difficulty final year). “Just Hold On” is not as apparent of a hopeful as a stateside pound like “Don’t Let Me Down” was, though it helps Louis to be potentially competing in a difficulty outward of a swarming cocktail field. Speaking of which…

Niall Horan

After striding brazen with a aspiring acoustic lane “This Town” late final year, Niall threw a curveball with follow-up singular “Slow Hands,” and scored. The stomping, surprisingly sexed-up solo lane has turn a Top 20 strike and fast radio song, that bodes good for a postulated cocktail career before to a recover of Horan’s entrance manuscript and start of his initial headlining tour. “Slow Hands” will positively be opposed for a Best Pop Solo Performance shortlist — though unfortunately for Niall, that’s typically one of a hardest categories to infiltrate, and will be again in 2018.

Niall is going to try to moment Best Pop Solo Performance this year, though so will Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Julia Michaels, Halsey, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus… a list goes on and on. If “Slow Hands” doesn’t make it, a ostracism would not be a unwell on a song’s part, though a covenant to one of a toughest categories opposite a Grammy Awards. And unless it surges over a subsequent month or two, Record of a Year or Song of a Year would be prolonged shots for “Slow Hands.” Don’t be astounded if a strike singular as amiable as “Slow Hands” creates it onto a nominees list, though Niall is also approaching to be an peculiar male out come Grammy season.


Zayn is a usually member (er, former member, that is) of One Direction who has already been upheld over by a Grammys as a member of a organisation and as a solo artist. The thespian had a No. 1 strike on a Hot 100 (“Pillowtalk”) and a No. 1 manuscript on a Billboard 200 (Mind of Mine) in 2016, though was close out of a 2017 Grammys, many to a discomfit of 1D fans. Zayn has expelled strain this year as a lead artist, with a pleasant “Still Got Time” (featuring PartyNextDoor) previewing his yet-unannounced sophomore LP. However, that strain effectively came and went on a charts, and while Zayn is approaching to dump new strain before to a Sept. 30 eligibility cutoff, his Mind of Mine follow-up is doubtful to manifest before then, per sources.

The good news for Zayn: he’s still got a really plain shot during a Grammy curtsy this year, interjection to “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” his duet with Taylor Swift that headlined a Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Remember how Taylor Swift has warranted an Album of a Year assignment for 3 of her final 4 projects? The Grammys adore her, and “Forever,” that coming during No. 2 on a Hot 100, is now among her biggest hits to date. Meanwhile, a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance is many done for an A-list team-up like this: outspoken collaborations by Rihanna and Drake, The Chainsmokers and Halsey and Sia and Sean Paul were all among a nominees in a difficulty final year.

The usually thing spiteful “Forever” is that it coming comparatively early, behind during a tip of 2017, and is not as uninformed in a minds of Grammy electorate as other cocktail collaborations. But a star wattage here, total with a song’s blurb successm could really good lead to Zayn’s initial Grammy nom after this year — and nonetheless it’s reduction likely, potentially even an coming in Record of a Year or Song of a Year.

Harry Styles

And now, a hardest 1D member to envision during a Grammys. For Zayn, Niall, Louis and Liam, it’s comparatively easy to figure out that genre categories they have a best shot at, though what to make of Harry, who done a well-received stone manuscript that had a lead singular superbly cranky over to cocktail radio? Will stone purists boomerang during a suspicion of a former child rope member crashing their categories? And is a cocktail assignment picturesque for a strain like “Sign of a Times,” that sounds some-more like Pink Floyd than Adele?

Sources tell Billboard that Harry is angling to seem in both cocktail and stone categories by diversifying submissions; Styles could be this year’s Twenty One Pilots, who warranted a assignment in cocktail with “Stressed Out” and stone with “Heathens” final year. “Sign of a Times” could be submitted in a Best Rock Song category, and Styles’ self-titled debut, or another strain from it, could be authorised in pop. That doesn’t indispensably meant that Styles is a close for a Grammy nomination… though formed on a accepting to and success of Harry Styles, tone us astounded if he doesn’t uncover adult in some form or fashion.

Simply put, a Grammys adore a good stone ‘n’ hurl storyline to convene behind, as new vital nominees like Mumford Sons, The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Jack White have demonstrated. Blame it on a age of Grammy voters, or censure it on a stone story that runs by a Grammy Awards; a fact is, a awards have historically been kind to projects where guitar is front-and-center. And Styles is a ideal form of interloper to convene behind — his entrance contains odes to psych-pop, classical stone and a many permitted portions of hair-metal, though since of his cocktail past, a whole universe was profitable courtesy to a singularity of those influences.

By nominating Styles, a Grammys get to lubricate a new figure in stone strain who is already immensely renouned and heralded by critics. What’s a downside here?

A discerning note about a vital difficulty that has been remained inexperienced in this dissection: Best New Artist. It is probable that one of a 1D boys (maybe Harry, or Niall) snags a assignment in a Big Four category, though some-more approaching that Grammy electorate systematise them as not-new due to their progressing stardom within One Direction. Worth observant that even Justin Timberlake didn’t get nominated when he launched his post *NSYNC solo career; a tarnish opposite former child rope members is unforgiving. Styles has a best possibility during display adult here, though stays a prolonged shot. More approaching he’ll uncover adult in a stone category, means a garland of grouchy responses from stone fans and assistance secure 1D member’s initial Grammy nod. Six years after their entrance manuscript arrived in a U.S., it’s about time a boys attend in music’s biggest night.


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