Grammy Album of the Year Contenders
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Alicia Keys, "Girl on Fire"
Previous number of nominations for Album of the Year: 1
Alicia Keys became five for five when it came to No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, led by the November 2012 effort's title track and lingering love for her part in Jay Z's "Empire State of Mind." Tour friendly, press friendly, all-ages friendly, Keys' "Girl on Fire" is another example of Keys' continuing success as a songwriter.
Why a nomination is likely/unlikely: Keys is a household name at this point. "Girl on Fire" is Keys' most mature album yet and "likely" could be simply rephrased to "liked." But loved? Keys is a safe, a very safe, choice for the Album of the Year category, so it could be an inclusion by default.