Paul McCartney is no stranger to the Grammys, as he’s won plenty of trophies as a member of more than one band and on his own. The superstar has already collected 18 trophies and earned 81 nominations throughout his years as a music industry titan. He ranks as among the most successful artists in the history of the ceremony, and he certainly isn’t done being nominated.
This year, McCartney has a handful of tracks that are eligible for Grammy nominations, and it’s likely that they’ll all be submitted for consideration. One in particular stands out among his handful of other options, as it may lead the star to a category he’s never been nominated in before, should the tune earn the love and respect of voters.
In late March of this year, electronic producer and DJ Kygo released a new single titled “Say Say Say.” The tune credits both Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, as it’s essentially a remix of the original single from the two powerhouses that was released decades prior. The track wasn’t marketed as a remix, though, but rather as a cover, of sorts, with the singers involved.
“Say Say Say” was a quick hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, the tally that ranks the most-consumed dance and electronic tunes in the U.S. each week. Kygo’s reworking of the classic single opened and peaked at No. 16, and it ended up spending three weeks on the roster. Chart positions and sales figures aren’t supposed to factor into Grammy nominations, but the bigger a song is, the harder it becomes for voters to ignore.
Among his dozens of Grammy nominations, McCartney has never been up for a trophy in any of the dance or electronic categories. If “Say Say Say” does end up a possible winner—perhaps in the Best Dance/Electronic Recording or the newly-introduced Best Pop Dance Recording verticals—it will bring the legendary former Beatle to a field he’s unfamiliar with.
Eligibility for the 2024 Grammy Awards closes in just a few days, and the list of nominees is expected to be announced in mid-November. A nod for McCartney, Jackson and Kygo is far from assured, as there are many other releases that will be vying for one of the few coveted spots, but the star power attached to this tune is sure to help it at least be considered.