At this Sunday’s Grammys, we’re predicting veteran artists to split the prizes in the rock field, including Beck, who is also nominated for Album of the Year this year.
Below, our forecasts for three rock categories, ranked in order of their racetrack odds. (Click on each category title to read an in-depth look at that race):
Despite only three previous years of the consolidated Rock Performance category, there is a past winner in the mix this year: the Black Keys, who won in 2012 for “Lonely Boy” and now contend for their song “Fever.” They also won Rock Duo/Group in 2010 for “Tighten Up,” so we know the recording academy is fond of them, but they might also have another advantage: duos and groups have had a significant advantage in this category against solo artists.
Beck is a first-time Grammys nominee for Best Rock Album for his critically acclaimed “Morning Phase,” but he’s no newcomer. He earned six nominations and two wins in the Alternative Album field. Will the category switch pay off? It seems likely. Of the five nominees in this category, “Morning Phase” is the only one with a corresponding Album of the Year nomination, and those usually have a decisive edge.
BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
“Lazaretto,” Jack White – 1/4
“Reflektor,” Arcade Fire – 9/1
“St. Vincent,” St. Vincent – 14/1
“This is All Yours,” Alt-J – 50/1
“Melophobia,” Cage the Elephant – 100/1
The White Stripes hold the record for the most Alternative Album wins, tied with Radiohead, and 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.
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