Will Miley Cyrus’s Latest Album, “Endless Summer Vacation,” Bring Her Grammy Success?
Miley Cyrus’s latest single “Flowers” has become a major hit, spending seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of her most successful songs ever. Additionally, her new album “Endless Summer Vacation” is receiving high praise from both critics and the general public. With the album being both emotionally mature and commercially successful, it begs the question of whether it will be her first ride into Grammy success.
Cyrus’s Grammy track record has been lackluster, with only two nominations under her belt. “Bangerz” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2015, and she was a featured artist on Lil Nas X‘s “Montero,” which was nominated for Album of the Year in 2022. However, even with “Bangerz” being nominated, songs like “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” were overlooked.
Cyrus’s discography has been largely ignored by the Grammys, and her snub for “Plastic Hearts,” her most acclaimed release, was particularly egregious. It is especially surprising given that it was released during a year with few great, popular rock albums. Cyrus herself was disappointed by the snub.
However, things have changed. “Endless Summer Vacation” is expected to be placed in Best Pop Vocal Album, meaning Cyrus won’t have to face rock voters. Additionally, there is a lot of hype for Cyrus within the industry and the general public, with “Flowers” being one of the biggest songs of the eligibility season so far, and “Endless Summer Vacation” debuting with over 119,000 units in the US.
Cyrus’s public persona has also shifted. During the “Bangerz” era, her more abrasive, raunchier style may have put off voters. This time around, she’s making music that’s adult-contemporary-friendly, and the public is on her side. “Flowers” addresses the breakup of her marriage with Liam Hemsworth, providing a narrative that Grammy voters love. Additionally, “Endless Summer Vacation” has averaged a score of 79 on Metacritic, indicating strong reviews.
With previous Grammy winners like Adele, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, and Lizzo all unlikely to drop new music, and no signs of artists like Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Dua Lipa releasing soon, “Endless Summer Vacation” appears to be a safe bet for a couple of nominations. Pop voters will likely have Cyrus’s back this time around, and it is possible that she could receive an overdue win.