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Album of the Year
Bet on it:
Sade, "Soldier of Love"
Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
Lady Gaga, "The Fame Monster"
Jay Z, "The Blueprint 3"
John Legend & The Roots, "Wake Up"
Miranda Lambert, "Revolution"
Arcade Fire, "Suburbs"
Lowdown: There's usually some geezer act, and we say that with all due respect, thrown into this category, like Herbie Hancock or Steely Dan who runs away with the award, however, there's no clear contender for that spot this year (unless Robert Plant's "Band of Joy" sneaks in). In a field where there's rarely a sure winner, "Recovery" is far ahead of the rest of the pack.
-- Melinda Newman