Uh oh, Taylor Swift: Kanye West is also top Grammys contender

Two of our music awards experts, Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar, take a look at the state of the top Grammy races halfway through the year-long eligibility period. The first of the four General Field categories they consider is Album of the Year.  Look for their reports on Record/Song of the Year and Best New Artist in the days to come. The nomination and voting process for these top races remains unchanged in the recently-announced overhaul of the Grammys.

Darrin’s Commentary:
There are still six more months to go and most, if not all of these albums, could be forgotten by the end of the year when nominations are announced. At this early stage, I’d bet on Adele, Taylor Swift and Kanye West to make the lineup. Their albums have had the biggest critical and commercial impact thus far.

The blue ribbon panel loves to nominate a rock-oriented album so watch out for past nominees Radiohead and Foo Fighters. Top sellers Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj are all potential contenders. Two-time champ Alison Krauss could return to the race and fresh-faced pop acts in the vein of this year’s nominee Katy Perry could also make the cut.

David’s Commentary:
At the beginning of the year, Taylor Swift sold well and Adele is currently doing the same. Discs by Kanye West, Elton John & Leon Russell and Paul Simon have all earned excellent reviews. Radiohead has been nominated for Album of the Year three times but will have to compete with previous Album of the Year nominee Foo Fighters for the one slot usually reserved for rock acts. Britney Spears and Rihanna are hoping to finally get nominated for Album of the Year. Still to come: highly-anticipated albums from Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre, and Brad Paisley could also contend.



Darrin’s Frontrunners
“21,” Adele
“The Union,” Elton John and Leon Russell
“King of Limbs,” Radiohead
“Speak Now,” Taylor Swift
“My Beautiful,” Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

David’s Frontrunners
“21,” Adele
“The King Of Limbs,” Radiohead
“So Beautiful Or So What,” Paul Simon
“Speak Now,” Taylor Swift
“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West


Darrin’s Possibilities
“The Ladykiller,” Cee Lo
“Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters
“Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss and Union Station
“Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj
“Loud,” Rihanna
“Doo Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars

David’s Possibilities
“Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters
“Doo-Wop & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars
“The Union,” Elton John & Leon Russell
“Loud,” Rihanna
“Femme Fatale,” Britney Spears


Darrin’s Spoilers
“James Blake,” James Blake
“F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown
“Awesome As Fuck,” Green Day
“Let England Shake,” PJ Harvey
“Michael,” Michael Jackson
“Wounded Rhymes,” Lykke Li
“Femme Fatale,” Britney Spears
“You Get What You Give,” Zac Brown Band

David’s Spoilers
“The Lady Killer,” Cee Lo Green
“I Remember Me,” Jennifer Hudson
“Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station
“Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj
“Angles,” The Strokes

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