hi jen! hope you're doing well! I was wondering, would Ed have also received a Grammy nom for album of the year if he had been credited for his vocals on love yourself? Thank you!
Hi! I think this depends on the type of credit Ed would have been given for his vocals on the song. For instance, if he got credit for backing vocals, then he wouldn’t be considered a Grammy nominee for Justin’s album because the song would still just be a Justin Bieber song which happened to have Ed’s voice in the background. However, if Ed had been credited as a “featured artist” on Love Yourself, then his name would be part of the song title itself (something like “Love Yourself by Justin Bieber feat. Ed Sheeran”), and then it wouldn’t be just a Justin song but a Justin and Ed song. If he’d been credited like this, as a featured artist on a song on the album, then he would have been considered a nominee in the Album of the Year category and would receive a Grammy if the album won. The Grammys for that category go to the main artist, any featured artists, the producer, the engineer/mixer, and the mastering engineer.
So like, Ed would have gotten a Grammy if Taylor had won the Album of the Year category for Red in 2014 because he was featured on the song Everything Has Changed on that album. But if x had won the Album of the Year category in 2015, Courteney Cox would not have received a Grammy even though she’s credited with backing vocals on the song Afire Love. Ed may have gotten some type of vocal credit for Love Yourself (I’m not sure since I haven’t seen the liner notes… From what I understand, it is more common for a popular artist not to receive credit for backing vocals on someone else’s song if he is not actually “featured” on the song) but since he’s not listed as a featured artist on Justin’s album, then he won’t get a Grammy even if the album wins the Album of the Year category. But he is up for the Song of the Year category because that’s a songwriting category and he’s definitely credited as one of the songwriters of Love Yourself. :D
The Grammys have some …interesting… rules when it comes to deciding who is eligible for each category. Ed’s first Grammy nomination was in the Song of the Year category for The A Team at the 2013 Grammys, but since it’s a songwriting category he was actually nominated as a songwriter and not as an artist, even though he also was the artist on that song. Then the next year he was nominated as Best New Artist, and lots of people were confused because you’re not supposed to be eligible for the Best New Artist category if you’ve already been nominated for a Grammy before – except that Ed had never been nominated as an artist, and so he still qualified as a “new artist” at the time even though his song had previously been nominated and he literally performed it as an artist at the Grammys the year before. Bit confusing, right? But I love a good loophole. :)
Do you remember his face when they announced his name for the Best New Artist category?
It’s been three years and I’m still laughing at this. x)
I also am just so ridiculously impressed that Ed managed to be on vacation for an entire year and still get nominated for a Grammy. That’s such an Ed Sheeran thing to do, isn’t it?
Anyway, I hope this answers your question!