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(If nominated) Foo Fighters WILL win AOTY (EDIT: Man was I wrong)

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  • ProfessorChaos
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    Let’s put the logical argument first: Sonic Highways was underwhelming and the first Foo Fighters album in their 20 year career to not yield a major hit. In fact, Sonic Highways is probably not favored to win in the weaker rock categories. I personally said someone like Florence + The Machine would take the Foo’s slot just days ago.

     

    Taylor Swift is having a landmark year and is the hero the music industry desperately needed. Sales, massive singles and acclaim all point to Taylor winning. And if she doesn’t, Kendrick Lamar has the most critically acclaimed album of the year, and The Weeknd is having almost as big of a sales year as Taylor.

     

    So why Foo Fighters? And why is this highly possible?

     

    Veteran status: this method of thinking is wrong but it’s relevant. One of the last relevant rock stars, with 11 Grammys (including an unprecedented 4 wins for Rock Album), and 2 previous AOTY nominations, they deserve an AOTY win. It’s their time, much like Beck last year. And Taylor ‘s previous AOTY win may be a factor. Even U2 had to wait 18 years between AOTY wins.

     

    Labor of love: the making of Sonic Highways is one of the most fascinating journeys in recent history. The Emmys have already taken notice of this venture, nominating the Sonic Highways documentary. This album was made in legendary studios across the country, a tribute to legends of American music from all genres. Do not ignore this: this is where the album strikes a chord with older voters. And the fact that even the lyrics are inspired by stories from the different regions are an artistic tapestry that will probably steal some key votes.

     

    Dave Grohl: Everyone loves him. Even his Sound City project won Grammys. And his decision to tour the world (including 5 sold out shows in the LA/Oc area right when ballots went out) despite a broken leg is why people root for him. He’s one of the last remaining rock stars, and his likability is just as strong as the band’s veteran status. Imagine the standing ovation in the Staples Center if he finally got that Album of the Year. It’d be a testament to the spirit of true rock music that is absent on today’s radio.

     

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    PoweR
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    Yes, if and that’s a big IF because I don’t see Sonic Highways taking the rock spot at the Grammys. Alabama Shakes’ Sound + Color is my rock/alternative prediction.

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    slh315
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    I’m starting to think it really could, especially with the Veteran status, but it would be kind of disappointing. It’s not their best. Beck was also a Veteran, but Morning Phase was great.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I was initially predicting a win for Foo Fighters, but now I’m wavering. I feel like Taylor Swift is almost a sure thing to at least be nominated for Album, but Foo Fighters could go either way. If Foo Fighters get in, though, and overperform, I might go back and predict them to win.

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    Sonic Highways is the new Morning Phase, and 1989 might be Beyonce. That might sound weird but it something that comes in my mind. I have SH at number 1 right now I have faith in it

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    Does anyone feel that Alabama Shakes could be the Arcade Fire of this year? I’m not buying the idea that the voters will put all their support towards a mediocre Foo Fighters album so soon after rewarding Beck (his album was actually acclaimed). I also don’t want to put too much faith in a Taylor win just yet. When everyone predicted JT and Beyoncé wins, neither happened. There may been some voters who feel that Taylor isn’t worthy enough for a 2nd AOTY win just yet. 

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    st_jimmy
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    Foo Fighers is in for all the reasons listed in the first post. I think their support goes deep into the academy, especially considering the project of Sonic Highways. 

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    TerenceFletcher
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    I’ve been saying Alabama Shakes will win if they’re nominated for ages now and I’m holding to that until I see proof otherwise. However, if they’re snubbed and Foo Fighters get in I will likely predict them.

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    Xtina
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    I’m currently predicting the Foo Fighters in AOTY for Sonic Highways.  They will probably be the only veteran act nominated.  I could see them winning as an alternative to Taylor Swift.  I’m not buying an Alabama Shakes nom in AOTY.

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    RadioGAGAhead
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    1. Sonic Highways is not Morning Phase. Beck’s album wasn’t a huge hit, but it was his first in 6 years and it received universal acclaim. Foo Fighter’s latest album is their worst reviewed to date and it has no significant rock hits. 

    2. Sound & Color is not comparable to The Suburbs. The latter received undeniable acclaim and has been praised as one of the best albums of the last decade.  That was Arcade Fire’s third album and their first two had been acclaimed as well. Alabama Shakes is a relatively new act and their album is a solid rock album at best, propped up by the weak competition. No one will be talking about Sound & Color in 5 years. 

    Neither Sonic Highways nor Sound & Color fit the mold of recent nominees, but I guess either of them could make it into AOTY if the BRP is looking to nominate a rock/alt artist. If both of them get in, they both lose. If only one of them were to make it in,  they would stand a good chance to win because it would be a “safe” choice, but I bet Foo Fighters would be more formidable against Taylor Swift and Kendrick because they are so well respected. Alabama Shakes are respectable too, but a win for them would be totally random and not in-line with recent history. I’ve said this before, but if Florence + the Machine manage to get a nomination for their third album, I could see them winning, but they would be lucky to be nominated. 

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    Manuel Colon
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    How can Sonic Highways have a chance at winning and To Pimp a Butterfly no? Foo Fighters are being heavily predicted for the low selling and not so good reviewed album, and people think they have the win locked, i still don’t get why. I know the Grammy’s love FF, but considering how Taylor has won before, then why can’t Kendrick win AOTY?

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    1. Sonic Highways is not Morning Phase. Beck’s album wasn’t a huge hit, but it was his first in 6 years and it received universal acclaim. Foo Fighter’s latest album is their worst reviewed to date and it has no significant rock hits. 

    2. Sound & Color is not comparable to The Suburbs. The latter received undeniable acclaim and has been praised as one of the best albums of the last decade.  That was Arcade Fire’s third album and their first two had been acclaimed as well. Alabama Shakes is a relatively new act and their album is a solid rock album at best, propped up by the weak competition. No one will be talking about Sound & Color in 5 years. 

    Neither Sonic Highways nor Sound & Color fit the mold of recent nominees, but I guess either of them could make it into AOTY if the BRP is looking to nominate a rock/alt artist. If both of them get in, they both lose. If only one of them were to make it in,  they would stand a good chance to win because it would be a “safe” choice, but I bet Foo Fighters would be more formidable against Taylor Swift and Kendrick because they are so well respected. Alabama Shakes are respectable too, but a win for them would be totally random and not in-line with recent history. I’ve said this before, but if Florence + the Machine manage to get a nomination for their third album, I could see them winning, but they would be lucky to be nominated. 

    No offense, but every time someone compared Beck and Arcade Fire last year, you tried to shut the comparison down. Ironically, Beck ended up winning Album of the Year over heavy-favorites Beyoncé and Sam Smith. None of it’s literal. Alabama Shakes could be the “Arcade Fire of the year” in the sense that they could be the only rock/atlernative band in the lineup that could prevail because of that. AS had strong acclaim and has had a big following with the Grammy voters in terms of nominations and buzz. They don’t have to be the same exact case to be compared to Arcade Fire. 

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    RadioGAGAhead
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    ^True. Anything can happen. But a win (and even a nomination) for Alabama Shakes would be one of the most under the radar wins in recent history. I was definitely wrong about Beck, but his respect and veteran status are undeniable. I honestly just didn’t think anyone could trump Beyonce’s star power last year. Foo Fighters have a stronger case against Taylor and Kendrick because I feel like they are seen as “overdue” for a big win. Alabama Shakes received their first nomination 2 years ago and they do not nearly have the reputation that Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons had when they won. 

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    st_jimmy
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    I think people need to remember that while Sonic Highways might be a low reviewed album for Foo Fighters, it’s still a solid album critically. Its reviews aren’t really out of line with a lot of previous nominees in the category, and the reviews definitely aren’t too far out of line with some of their previous albums. Yes, it’s their lowest reviewed album, but not by much. I just think it’s a silly argument at this point when the reviews really weren’t that bad to begin with.

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    Well, I would hope after Beck’s win, the voters would try to diversify the wins. it’s crazy that Rock music is one of the weakest selling genres right now but the support from voters remain. I would be totally okay with them snubbing Rock altogether. They constantly do it to other genres. There’s really not a NEED for a rock nominee, tbh. If you want to reward a vet, go with D’Angelo. At least his music/album would deserve the recognition. They can totally abolish AOTY if Foo Fighters get in and win.

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