Taylor Swift leads our Grammy predictions for Album of the Year for her pop crossover hit “1989,” but our forum poster ProfessorChaos wonders if we’ve got it all wrong. Could it really be Foo Fighters who are on their way to victory for “Sonic Highways“?
ProfessorChaos points to the rock band’s veteran status: “This method of thinking is wrong but it’s relevant,” he says. “[They’re] one of the last relevant rock stars, with 11 Grammys (including an unprecedented four wins for Rock Album), and two previous AOTY nominations. They deserve an AOTY win. It’s their time, much like Beck last year.”
He adds that “Sonic Highways” was a labor of love, “made in legendary studios across the country, a tribute to legends of American music from all genres.” That endeavor was already rewarded by the Emmys, which nominated frontman Dave Grohl for directing and producing an HBO documentary series about the making of the album and awarded it for its sound mixing and sound editing. (Click here to watch our Emmy interview with Grohl from August.)
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PoweR: Yes [they could win if they’re nominated], and that’s a big IF because I don’t see “Sonic Highways” taking the rock spot [in the Album of the Year race]. Alabama Shakes‘s “Sound and Color” is my rock/alternative prediction.
slh315: I’m starting to think it really could [happen], especially with the veteran status, but it would be kind of disappointing. [“Sonic Highways” is] not their best. Beck was also a veteran, but “Morning Phase” was great.
Ryan Lapierre: “Sonic Highways” is the new “Morning Phase,” and “1989” might be “Beyonce.” That might sound weird, but it’s something that comes to my mind. I have “SH” at number-one right now. I have faith in it.
As of this writing, “Sonic Highways” ranks fourth in our predictions with odds of 11/1, behind “1989” (3/1 odds), Kendrick Lamar‘s “To Pimp a Butterfly” (5/1) and The Weeknd‘s “Beauty Behind the Madness” (7/1).
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Photos: Dave Grohl. Credit: Kim Eiszele/Newspix/REX