The Canadian band Arcade Fire has released four albums, and all of them have earned Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album. They’ve never won, which is unusual when you consider that one of those losses was for “The Suburbs,” which after failing in this race in 2010 went on to win Album of the Year later that night. Remarkably, Album of the Year is still the only Grammy Arcade Fire have ever won.
They’re nominated this year for “Reflektor,” their critically acclaimed follow-up to “The Suburbs.” Will the recording academy make it up to them after their previous loss? They’ve only got one other nomination this year: Best Music Video for “We Exist.”
They face St. Vincent, whose bid for her self-titled fourth album is her first nomination at the Grammys. But she’ll have to break through the recording academy’s alternative glass ceiling. She would be the first solo woman to win this category since Sinead O’Connor in 1990, the year this category was created. Only one other woman has ever won: Meg White, who prevailed three times as one half of the White Stripes.
The White Stripes hold the record for the most Alternative Album wins, tied with Radiohead, and the other half of that duo, Jack White, competes in the category this year for the first time as a solo artist, for his second solo effort, “Lazaretto.” His previous solo album, “Blunderbuss,” was also well-received by the recording academy, earning bids for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album two years ago.
With four total nominations, White is the most nominated artist in this category this year.
The last two nominees are first-timers. English band Alt-J are nominated for their second studio album, “This is All Yours,” while American group Cage the Elephant contends for their third album, “Melophobia.” Neither group has any other nominations this year.
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