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Album of the Year
Awaken, My Love! - Childish Gambino
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
4:44 - Jay-Z
Melodrama - Lorde
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
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    I still think it’s between Melodrama and 24K Magic.

    We’ve talked about it before. When was the last time they awarded a full explicit album?

    Although I think Lamar deserves to win, there are many obstacles.

    – Will they award a full explicit album?
    – Which rap album did rap voters vote for? Jay-Z’s presence in the category is a problem for Lamar.
    – which album did country voters vote for? They are crowded and no country album in the category.
    – what about pop voters? Their votes wouldn’t be split since Melodrama is the only pop album in the category.

    Would online voting system solve all?

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    Why wouldn’t the pop votes be split?

    Even if Bruno Mars’ album is classified as “R&B” by Grammy standards, he is still a pop artist whose music was very ubiquitous on pop radio. He will be siphoning votes from the “pop voters,” along with Lorde. Just because it’s not nominated in Pop doesn’t mean it won’t get votes because Lorde wasn’t even sixth in line in Pop Vocal Album.

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    I think when there’s a like two or three other choices you can make in a year when you are trying to show “diversity” and progression, Bruno wouldn’t be a very good choice to do that. Bruno is fun and talented and his album is fine, but he would scream “He’s not white and he made an R&Bish album, but he’s still close enough to our taste. Give him the win to shut them up!”. That’s why I think his win would be similar to Lionel Richie’s. I’m preparing for his win. Also, people would only have an issue with Lorde’s win because she is white, but Melodrama is definitely more of a progression from previous work than Bruno’s album. I would say a win from her would be much more deserving, but she won’t win.

    Same here. The BRP shouldn’t have put Bruno among the nominees. It was predictable that the voting members would choose him over ANY of the other nominees, even Lorde. They took Ed out, but made it easy for Bruno, not Kendrick.

    If he doesn’t win, it’ll be solely because they think the album is not good enough to win, just like “Need You Now” lost in 2011, even with the group winning ROTY and SOTY. But that’s very unlikely because the Grammys don’t seem like they really listen to the albums before they vote. lmao I’m prepared to see Bruno winning.

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    I still think it’s between Melodrama and 24K Magic.

    We’ve talked about it before. When was the last time they awarded a full explicit album?

    Although I think Lamar deserves to win, there are many obstacles.

    Will they award a full explicit album?
    – Which rap album did rap voters vote for? Jay-Z’s presence in the category is a problem for Lamar.
    – which album did country voters vote for? They are crowded and no country album in the category.
    – what about pop voters? Their votes wouldn’t be split since Melodrama is the only pop album in the category.

    Would online voting system solve all?

    This is a really irrelevant factor. They care about music, not whether something has a tag on it or not. Babel had multiple uses of the f-word, as did Jagged Little Pill, and of course Speakerboxxx/Love Below was “explicit.”

    Most albums with a PA label are hip-hop, which is a genre Grammy voters are known not to favor. So while Damn being of that genre works against it, its Parental Advisory label does not.

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    Get real! This category is NOT between Lorde and Bruno Mars. Melodrama has no shot at winning.

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    Lorde’s issue is that she failed to get into Best Pop Vocal Album – a category that isn’t chosen by a review committee. Can she really do the unthinkable and edge out all of the male and urban material? She’s just not a safe choice for that reason alone, and the fact that she’s the only white person nominated here and could easily cause an uproar.

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    I have this feeling that Bruno is winning
    but I DO believe Lorde has a chance since she may get votes from fields that are not represented such a country, rock-alternative, gospel, jazz and way more + she should have the support of several pop voters

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    Darling, the unclassy Kendrick Lamar is winning. At least Lady Flopga was deservingly snubbed for that awful American Life wannabe called Flopanne.

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    I have this feeling that Bruno is winning
    but I DO believe Lorde has a chance since she may get votes from fields that are not represented such a country, rock-alternative, gospel, jazz and way more + she should have the support of several pop voters

    Why would Gospel and Jazz voters go for Lorde, especially when they have options in someone like Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars?

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    Are we all saying 4.44 has no chance at winning this at all? Are we sure we aren’t underestimating JayZ here?

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    Lorde’s issue is that she failed to get into Best Pop Vocal Album – a category that isn’t chosen by a review committee. Can she really do the unthinkable and edge out all of the male and urban material? She’s just not a safe choice for that reason alone, and the fact that she’s the only white person nominated here and could easily cause an uproar.

    She didn’t make the top 6 in Pop Album, but there was enough support that she got into the top 20 for AOTY. So it’s possible. I don’t think she’s going to win, but she’s got a better chance than Childish Gambino and Jay-Z.

    Plus, all the voters who picked the Pop Album nominees are going to have to suck it up and pick someone else for AOTY, since none of them got in AOTY. Most of them will probably pick Bruno, but some might vote Lorde.

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    Are we all saying 4.44 has no chance at winning this at all? Are we sure we aren’t underestimating JayZ here?

    If a Rap album were to win, it would most likely be DAMN. Jay-Z’s somewhat veteran status could help him perhaps.

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    You would think the most nominated act would be the frontrunner to win the big trophy, but when was the last time the most nominated act won AOTY?

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    Mumford and Sons were tied for the most nominations the year they won, but no act did particularly well then.

    I feel like Norah Jones had the most nominations, but when we’re already going back this far I definitely see PoweR’s point. For one thing, the most nominated acts are usually urban or rap artists, and we all know their track record in AOTY

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    Though she most likely won’t win, Lorde winning against an all-male lineup would fit with the current political climate.

    But yeah, Bruno’s the frontrunner here. However, I wouldn’t rule out Kendrick. He still had more nominations than Bruno I believe, and still has a lot of buzz.

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