It’s hard to imagine anything stopping Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” from winning the Song of the Year Grammy. The hit track from her album “21” reached the summit of the Hot 100 where it stayed for seven weeks. She and co-writer Paul Epworth would be advised to start preparing an acceptance speech.
Of the other nominees, the strongest challenger is Kanye West‘s “All of the Lights.” The tune is all but certain to win Best Rap Song. While West and co-writers Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones and Warren Trotter‘s bid for Best Song is well-earned, no rap tune has ever taken this top prize.
Bruno Mars‘ somber “Grenade” is also in contention. Mars — who penned the tune with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, and Andrew Wyatt — is a nominee for Album of the Year and “Grenade” also contends in Record of the Year. But considering Adele is such a force, he may have to wait his turn to take this prize.
Mumford & Sons‘ “Sigh No More” was one of the best-selling albums of the year and their single “The Cave” burned up the rock charts. Grammy voters have warmed to rock tunes in this race before.
That Bon Iver‘s “Holocene,” written by the band’s frontman Justin Vernon, reaped bids for Best Song and Record of the Year was one of the biggest surprises among this year’s Grammy nominations. Their self-titled debut album will likely win Best Alternative Album, which will simply have to do.
Listen to the nominated songs below.