This time last year, it seemed clear that Adele would rule the Grammys with her blockbuster album “21,” and she met those expectations, winning all six of her nominations, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year.
This year, there doesn’t seem to be such a consensus. So who will come out on top of this year’s wide-open field?
Mumford and Sons have earned six Grammy nominations over the last two years for their first album, “Sigh No More,” including Record and Song nominations for “The Cave” last year. This year, they could be back in the running with their recently released sophomore album, “Babel,” and its lead-off single, “I Will Wait.”
24-year-old newcomer Frank Ocean released one of the year’s most acclaimed albums, “Channel Orange.” He has the potential to win all four top categories: New Artist and Album, as well as Record and Song for “Thinkin Bout You.”
Veteran Lionel Richie made a comeback this year with his country crossover album, “Tuskegee.” He previously won Album of the Year in 1984 for “Can’t Slow Down,” and the last time he won a Grammy in any category was 27 years ago: Song of the Year for “We Are the World.”
Other veterans have a chance to return: previous Album winners Bonnie Raitt (“Slipstream“), Bob Dylan (“Tempest“), and Paul McCartney (“Kisses on the Bottom“) could return to the race. Bruce Springsteen has won 20 career Grammys, but he has never won Album of the Year; he could be a contender this year for his latest: “Wrecking Ball.”
Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” has sold more than six million copies and could be a contender for Record and Song. It could face off against other ubiquitous hits by Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe“) and Fun. (“We Are Young“).
Rihanna earned her first Album of the Year nomination last year for “Loud” and this year hopes to return with her latest, “Talk That Talk.” She could be a multiple nominee for Record of the Year as well, for her own “Where Have You Been” as well as for collaborations with Coldplay (“Princess of China“) and Drake (“Take Care (Song)“).