Adele predicted to be sixth Grammys triple crown winner

Gold Derby odds clearly favor Adele to become only the sixth artist in the 54-year history of the Grammy Awards to win the triple crown: Record, Song and Album of the Year.

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Her single, “Rolling in the Deep,” is an acclaimed, multi-format smash that is far ahead of the competition for both Record and Song. It has odds of 2/5 to take Record ahead of both “Fireworks” and “The Cave” at 10/1. And as Adele co-wrote the tune with producer Paul Epworth, she will share in the Song award. It has odds of 8/15 over “Grenade” (6/1) and “The Cave (9/1). 

Her album, “21,” has been a monumental critical and commercial success. It is still the #1 album in the country after 18 weeks and is a lock to win the Grammy’s top prize with odds of 4/11 over “Born this Way” (9/1) and “Wasting Light” (12/1). 

If she prevails as expected in these three races, Adele will be the second artist to have won all four General Field categories, having been named Best New Artist in 2008. Christopher Cross swept all four categories in 1980 winning Album for his self-titled debut disc and both Record and Song for “Sailing.”

The other triple crown champs are: 

• 2006: Country trio the Dixie Chicks won Album of the Year (“Taking the Long Way”) and Record and Song of the Year (“Not Ready To Make Nice”) four years after lead chick Natalie Maines’ made some controversial remarks about President George W. Bush.

• 1992: Rock veteran Eric Clapton took home Album of the Year for his “Unplugged” set and the melancholic “Tears In Heaven,” written following the death of his young son, won Record and Song honors.

• 1971: Legendary songwriter and vocalist Carole King won Album of the Year for the instant classic, “Tapestry,” as well as Record for the #1 hit “It’s Too Late” and Song for “You’ve Got A Friend,” which was a hit for both James Taylor and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway.

• 1970: As part of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon won Album of the Year (“Bridge Over Trouble Water”) and Record and Song for the title track.

Four other acts have won all three awards but in different years. 

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U2 has two Album of the Year trophies (“The Joshua Tree,” 1987; “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” 2004), two Record of the Year victories (“Beautiful Day,” 2000;  “Walk On,” 2001) and two Song of the Year winners (“Beautiful Day,” 2000; “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own,” 2004).

Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” won Album of the Year in 1983; he also won Record (“Billie Jean”) that year. In 1985, he shared in Record and Song of the Year trophies for “We Are the World.”

Billy Joel has an Album of the Year victory for 1979’s “52nd Street.” The previous year, “Just the Way You Are,” a single from “The Stranger,” took Record and Song honors.

Henry Mancini claimed Album of the Year (“Music From Peter Gunn”) at the very first Grammys.  He went on to win Record and Song of the Year twice: “Moon River” (1961) and “Days of Wine and Roses” (1963). 

Norah Jones, Santana and Natalie Cole all came close to winning the triple crown, but they didn’t write their winning tunes.

• 2002: Norah Jones’ 20 plus million selling “Come Away With Me” claimed Album of the Year honors. “Don’t Know Why” won Record and the single’s songwriter, Jesse Harris, took Song.

• 1999: Santana’s “Supernatural” and his mega smash hit “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas) won Album and Record of the Year respectively. However, Thomas and co-writer Itaal Shur won Song of the Year.

• 1991: After overcoming drug addiction, Natalie Cole’s comeback album, “Unforgettable” won the top honor and the title track, a duet with Cole’s late father, won Record and Song. Irving Gordon won songwriting honors.

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