Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” is already a crossover hit for the ages, but is it also the Grammy winner for Record of the Year? It sat atop the Hot 100 for seven weeks and to lose this race would be one of the biggest surprises in years.
Among the challengers is Bruno Mars‘ pulsing, melancholy “Grenade.” The song was also a chart-topper on the Hot 100. Mars won for the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance last year for “Just the Way You Are.” He is back with an Album of the Year bid (“Doo-Wops & Hooligans”). While Grammy voters clearly love him, they probably love Adele just that little bit more.
Powerful rock records like Mumford & Sons‘ “The Cave” often win Record of the Year. Kings of Leon claimed the prize two years ago for the anthemic “Use Somebody.” The popularity of this band is at its peak and their record could just maybe squeak past Adele.
Though Katy Perry has contended at the last three Grammys, “Firework” marks the first time she has been nominated for Record of the Year. The inspiring pop tune is yet another in this category to have hit #1 on the Hot 100; it was one of five tracks to do so from her 2010 Album of the Year nominee “Teenage Dream.”
A pleasant surprise came when Bon Iver‘s “Holocene” picked up a nod for Record of the Year. Though it’s probable the track is just along for the ride, fans can be content knowing the band’s album will likely win Best Alternative Album. They also stand a chance in the Best New Artist contest.
Listen to the nominated records below.