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Album of the Year
“Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
“Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars
This is a fine list, but if we were a one-woman nominating committee, we’d swap out “Loud” and “Born This Way” for Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful Or So What.” But the Grammy voters love Lady Gaga...up to a point: all three of her albums have received album of the year nominations, although she’s never won.
The Foos have been here before also. For Adele, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, this is their first invitation to the big dance. Adele’s “21” has just celebrated its 50th week in the Billboard 200 Top 10 and its third No. 1 single.
There was a time when commercial sales didn’t mean squat when it came to predicting the best album winner, but when you combine “21’s” sales strength and its across-the-board appeal from hipsters and soccer moms alike, the award is Adele’s to lose.
Should Win: “21”
Will Win: “21”
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