Soon we'll be opening our Grammy prediction center to forecast the nominees in the top four general-field categories – Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist – but our forum posters have already been enthusiastically debating this year's top contenders for months. Click here to visit our forums now to read some of their in-depth analyses and join the discussion.
One of the big questions of the event is whether Taylor Swift will win Album of the Year for the second time at such a young age. She'll be 26 by the time winners are announced in February, and it would be a history-making event as no woman has ever won twice for her own albums. Others, like Norah Jones and Alison Krauss, have won for their own work and as featured artists on others' albums.
Our forum posters are considering that milestone and more, including possible windfalls for Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen and more. Read some of their comments below, and click here to join the discussion.
Final2: Even though I hate the term "Lock" I can't see Taylor not winning Pop Vocal Album [for "1989"]. It's the most successful album since [Adele's] "21" it has the same MetaCritic Score and #1 singles, not to mention the sales are way higher than the rest of the pack. Also Taylor's next best chance of winning is Song of the Year. I really think she's gonna get it this year with "Blank Space." Other than those two, she might win Pop Solo and that will be it. I can't see her winning Album of the Year again, and Record of the Year I think will go elsewhere.
dfranco: I think "1989" will be nominated for both Pop Album and Alternative (or Rock) Album (for Ryan Adams's covers). Maybe it will win on both categories, and MAYBE (though a long shot) both albums will be nominated for Album of the Year. Can you imagine how Taylor Swift would react to that?
Benutty: Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar are the clear frontrunners for major noms, but remember when Justin Timberlake was an overwhelming favorite for a nomination [for "The 20/20 Experience," but wasn't even nominated]? Or remember when Beyonce was a favorite to win last year? The Grammys always surprise, so I'm a little shocked people aren't thinking more outside the box with their early predictions.
RichardAniston: With a relatively weak year for pop singles, hopefully we get some left field nominees in Record of the Year/Song of the Year a la "Holocene" or "Beg, Steal or Borrow" from recent years.
mikeboy898: Would love Carly Rae Jepsen to get some Grammy love, but sadly I don't see it happening. As I've said time and time again, her album is such an underrated pop gem and I think it is leaps and bounds better than "1989."
Photo: Taylor Swift. Credit: REX
Photo: The Weeknd. Credit: Veda Jo Jenkins/REX