Magazine article Variety

Song of the Year

Magazine article Variety

Song of the Year

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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

"Shallow"

FROM "A STAR IS BORN"

This late-comer was released days before the Oct. 1 deadline for Grammy eligibility, and the film's momentum is bringing it Oscar buzz as well. It never hurts to have a cinematic connection for song of the year nominees - the award recognizes songwriting, while Record honors producers and musicians - and "Shallow" seems certain to be performed during either the Grammys or the Oscars next year.

Following the opening of the film on Oct. 5, the single - penned by Gaga and Mark Ronson, along with Dirty Pretty Things' Anthony Rossomando and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt - predictably took off, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Gaga's 15th Top 10 and, well, Cooper's first.

Khalid, Normani

"Love Lies"

FROM THE "LOVE, SIMON" SOUNDTRACK

The singer-rapper made a big splash in 2018 with five Grammy nominations and a performance during the show that demonstrated his poise and promise. This duet with ex-Fifth Harmony member Normani presents another side of Khalid's talent.

Dan & Shay

"Tequila"

This Nashville-based duo - Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney - has been inching towards crossover success through three albums. Their best showing to date is this single, a full-on ballad and unlikely ode to mezcal which features the kind of solid, manicured production and tuneful vocals the Academy loves to toast.

Taylor Swift

"Delicate"

Swiftflipped the script with "Reputation," adding more challenging material and a more confrontational attitude. …

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