Here’s What Happened When Hot 100 No. 1 Rivals Later Competed for the Record of the Year Grammy
Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” and SZA’s “Kill Bill” held down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks earlier this year (from Jan. 28 through March 4). “Flowers” was on top in each of those weeks, though “Kill Bill” finally moved up for a week on top in late April.
“Flowers” and “Kill Bill” probably aren’t done competing, either. The two hits are likely to square off again when the nominations for the 66th annual Grammy Awards are announced later this year. Both hits are very likely to be nominated for record of the year. It would be Cyrus’ first nomination in that category; SZA’s third, but her first on her own. She was previously nominated for collabs with Kendrick Lamar (“All the Stars” from Black Panther) and Doja Cat (“Say So”).
“Flowers” and “Kill Bill” would be the sixth pair of singles that held the top two spots on the Hot 100 concurrently for six or more weeks and later squared off again for record of the year at the Grammys. Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, is involved in one of the pairs. Little Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” (featuring Cyrus) was locked in a similarly fierce battle for No. 1 with Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” before their rematch the Grammys.
Here are the six pairs of singles that spent six or more weeks in the top two positions on the Hot 100 concurrently and later competed again for record of the year at the Grammys. They are listed in ascending order, with the pair that had the most weeks in the top two listed last.