Grammy Predictions: Best Country Album

Each of our two music experts —  David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch — have the other’s picks for who will win and should win this last of the country categories as the potential spoiler. This is the last of six awards in this field, following Best Country Song, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
“Up On the Ridge,” Dierks Bentley
“You Get What You Give,” Zac Brown Band
“The Guitar Song,” Jamey Johnson
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
“Revolution,” Miranda Lambert

David’s take: Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is nominated for Album of the Year and is the frontrunner to win. Since 1994, only six Best Country Album nominees have been nominated for Album of the Year.  In 1999, Shania Twain’s “Come on Over” was nominated for Album of the Year and lost Best Country Album to Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” That is the only time this has happened.  If this should happen again Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” might win.

Will win: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Should win: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Spoiler: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert

Darrin’s take: Despite garnering an Album of the Year nomination and being one of the year’s best selling albums, I think Lady A will lose this category to Lambert. Lambert’s album has been widely acclaimed and has won Album of the Year from numerous country industry awards. The Dixie Chicks were able to take down Shania’s legendary “Come On Over” album here so I see no reason why Lambert can’t do the same.

Will win: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Should win: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Spoiler: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

PREDICTIONS IN OTHER FIELDS

ALTERNATIVE: Best Alternative Music Album

ROCK: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Solo Performance with Vocals

R&B: Best R&B Song, Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

DANCEBest Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording

RAPBest Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance

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