Just when you think you couldn’t possibly hear anything new about the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie, it’s popping up again somewhere sort of unexpected: the 2016 Grammy Awards nominations. Although the film (and the book, come to think of it) wasn’t exactly loved by critics, there’s no denying it was a huge commercial success, earning more than $81 million at the box office in its opening weekend alone, and setting records as one of the biggest R-rated movie debuts ever. And now the soundtrack to the film is also gaining major accolades, with songs from Fifty Shades Of Grey earning Grammy nominations during the announcement Monday morning.
Even if you weren’t a fan of the steamy film, chances are you at least liked something about the soundtrack. Thanks to big hits from The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding, in addition to more standard movie music fare from well-known score composer Danny Elfman (not to mention a bunch of other stand-out tracks in between, including two amazing Beyonce remixes, as well as songs from Sia and the Rolling Stones), the music from the movie was pretty memorable, even if the movie itself might not have been.
So what awards might Fifty Shades of Grey walk away with on music’s biggest night? Let’s take a look:
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack as a whole was nominated in the category, and it’s going up against soundtracks for Empire: Season 1, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Pitch Perfect 2, and Selma. That's pretty good company.
Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” by The Weeknd is up for this award, as well as “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding — both big hits from the soundtrack. But Lady Gaga, Wiz Khalifa, and Common & John Legend also have songs in this category, so there’s no shortage of big-name competition.
Best R&B Song
Unsurprisingly, The Weeknd did really well when it came to this year’s nominations, tying Taylor Swift with seven nominations, including Album Of The Year. One of those nominations? “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” for Best R&B Song. You go, FSOG.
Best Pop Solo Performance
The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding go head to head again in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, although only Goulding’s Fifty Shades song is up for an award here (The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” was nominated instead). “Love Me Like You Do” is also going up against Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, and Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” — all of which could win.
Love it or hate it, Fifty Shades Of Grey has been majorly popular — and since it's only one part of E.L. James' trilogy, we definitely haven't heard the last of Ana and Christian. Judging by the number of Grammy nominations the first movie's soundtrack brought in, we may have excellent sequel soundtracks to look forward to, too.