In 2009, Adele won two of her four Grammys bids — Best New Artist for her debut disc “19” and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Chasing Pavements”). That track also contended for both Record and Song of the Year but was bested by “Please Read the Letter” from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) for Record and “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay for Song.
However, at the next Grammys, Adele could well walk away with both awards for “Rolling In the Deep,” the first single from her followup album “21.” The tune is a worldwide smash. And Grammy voters love love songs in the General Field categories.
Record of the Year winners tend to contain live instruments. “Rolling In the Deep” kicks off with an acoustic guitar and builds into a gospel, bluesy number. It is akin to past winners from Simon and Garfunkel (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”) and Roberta Flack (“Killing Me Softly With His Song”).
Adele is the best-selling artist of this eligibility period. The astounding success of “21” was unexpected as her first album just went platinum stateside. “21” has sold over six million copies worldwide with two million of those in the U.S. alone. “Rolling In the Deep” has been the number one song for six weeks and been covered on “American Idol,” “Glee” and by John Legend, a nine-time Grammy champ.
Grammy voters like to reward one-time Best New Artists like 2006 winner Legend with more awards if they prove to be successful. Among the roster of other winners who went on to future Grammy wins were: The Beatles (1965), Natalie Cole (1976), Sade (1986), Mariah Carey (1991), Sheryl Crow (1995), Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003) and Carrie Underwood (2007). The Beatles, Cole and Jones all won Record, Song and/or Album of the year for follow-up discs.
Can’t wait for the Grammys race to heat up? Till then try your hand at predicting the nominees for the 63rd annual Emmy Awards. Those contenders will be announced July 14 with the kudocast airing on FOX on Sept. 18.