A Southern rock band teamed with some of the best producers in the industry; a Compton rapper who created one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of the decade; a Nashville songwriter who stunned the country music world with his solo debut; a pop star who had the highest grossing tour in the world this past year; and a Canadian singer who dominated the charts with a soulful voice and drug-induced lyrics. That’s the profile of the five outstanding nominated artists for Album of the Year (AOTY).
The submissions are in and the date for the nominations have been set (December 7), hence it is time to start rounding out the final predictions for the 58th GRAMMY Awards. And today we will be looking at the major contenders for the general field. In the following weeks, I’ll be posting predictions for the mainstream fields.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk
Taylor Swift — Blank Space
The Weeknd — Can’t Feel My Face
Ed Sheeran — Thinking Out Loud
Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney — FourFiveSeconds
All bets for Album of the Year are off. And what makes this race unpredictable is how diverse (and yet so similar) the line-up is. This year’s contestants include: One folk/rock album (Beck); two urban crossover acts (Beyoncé/Pharrell); and two male British singers (Sam Smith/Ed Sheeran).
Both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are debuting in this category. Smith became the tenth artist to gather all four nods in the general field in one ceremony. On the other hand, Beyonce made the line-up for the second time while this is Beck’s third attempt. Continue reading “57th GRAMMYs: Odds for Album of the Year”→