Continuing on with our Grammys predictions, we’re now ready to discuss the Album Of The Year category (after previously taking on the Best New Artist and Record Of The Year noms). So far, we’ve surmised that the Grammys are going to be the Adele show — the breakthrough artist is more than likely to walk away with a whole army of new statues to add to an already thriving collection. So again, we’re going to pretend for a moment that the other nominees have a chance of scoring Album Of The Year over Adele, and talk about what that would be like.
Adele – 21
Yeah we get it, after all the industry and audience accolades Adele won for 21 last year, which sold 5.82 million copies, it would be an absolute upset if she didn’t walk away with at least album of the year. But in the interests of the rest of this article, let’s pretend she’s not going to win and everyone else has a fighting chance.
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
While Bruno Mars didn’t make it into the top 10 in album sales last year, Doo-Wops & Hooligans was still considered a fan and critic favorite, although as far as winning over Adele, might not be the likeliest candidate, although makes a close second to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
The Foo Fighters are definitely the dark horse for this award. Their first album in 4 years, Wasting Light was the Foo Fighters first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, and was received to critical acclaim, and while this would be a great win for the band, we’re not sure that’s enough to beat out Adele, or even Gaga or Mars.
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way sold 2.1 million copies last year, and while it’s no 21, it’s still nothing to sneeze at. Of all the candidates in this category, Lady Gaga is the only one that comes close to Adele in terms of an audience favorite. Born This Way also hovered near the top of best of 2011 lists, and next to 21 was probably the most visible, pervasive album of 2011. If anyone is going to topple Adele in this category, we think it just might be Mother Monster.
Rihanna – Loud
Rihanna‘s Loud is probably should win but is facing off against Adele and Lady Gaga — we think it’s down to the battle of the divas for the win in the album category! Rihanna’s Loud really resonated with fans and critics, and while sales didn’t make the top 10, it would be great to see the young beauty take the prize.
OUR PREDICTION: Adele, 21
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