This Massive Twitter Thread Will Make You a Grammys Expert
The biggest awards in music are here, and the internet is positively abuzz. Everyone's making predictions, issuing threats in case if Kendrick Lamar isn't crowned king of music, and generally expressing confusion about who most of these artists even are -- it's classic Grammy-season fare.
This absolute behemoth of a Twitter thread from Ben Zauzmer, however, was not expected. It features 60 tweets and an insanely in-depth look at exactly what records will be set if folks like Bruno Mars and Jay-Z continue their winning streaks. According to his Twitter bio, Zauzmer is a Harvard applied math graduate who makes Oscar/Tony predictions for The Hollywood Reporter. With this background, he's got a ridiculous amount of award-show trivia to share, and, boy, did he share it.
If you scroll all the way through, you'll learn facts like, "If Jay-Z and Beyonce’s 'Family Feud' wins Best Rap/Sung Performance, there will have been more years since 2004 when Jay-Z won this category (8) than didn’t win (7)." Let that sink in for a second.
Now, will any of this be useful, per se? No, but that's why they call it trivia.
23/60: Jay-Z holds a commanding lead for most nominations for Best Rap Album (11, versus @Eminem and Kanye’s 7), yet only has one win on his 1st nom for Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1999). He could get his 2nd win for 4:44, joining Eminem, Kanye, & @Outkast as multi-time winners.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
27/60: @LittleBigTown is trying to win Best Country Song twice in three years. Would be 10th time. Others:— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
Roger Miller (Dang Me, King of the Road)
Charlie Rich (Behind Closed Doors, Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’)@_KennyRogers (The Gambler, You Decorated My Life)
28/60: @WillieNelson (On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, City of New Orleans)@ShaniaTwain (You’re Still the One, Come on Over)@OfficialJackson (Where Were You, It’s 5:00 Somewhere)@CarrieUnderwood (Jesus Take the Wheel, Before He Cheats)@TaylorSwift13 (White Horse, Mean)— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
44/60: Slumdog Millionaire is the only movie to win both the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack and the Oscar for Best Original Score. La La Land could be the second.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
49/60: Judith Sherman is in the running for her fifth win for Producer of the Year (Classical). She’s third all time, after Steven Epstein’s and Robert Woods’ 7 apiece.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
50/60: David Frost could become the 4th producer to win Producer of the Year (Classical) two years in a row. Others:— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
Robert Woods (1988, 1989, 1990)
Steven Epstein (1998, 1999)
Judith Sherman (2015, 2016)
51/60: If Giancarlo Guerrero and Tim Handley win for Best Classical Compendium, they will have won this category in half of the years it’s been presented.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
52/60: For Best Music Video, Jay-Z (won for “Suit & Tie” with @JTimberlake; nominated for “The Story of O.J.”) and @KendrickLamar (won for “Bad Blood” with @TaylorSwift13; nominated for “HUMBLE.”) are each trying to become the fifth artist with multiple wins.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
54/60: Artists to win Record, Album, and Song of the Year in same show:— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 27, 2018
-@Adele (2012, 2017)
Jay-Z (@S_C_) and @BrunoMars are both in contention to join this exclusive list.