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  • benutty
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    #411926

    What albums are we likely to see contend for an Album of the Year nomination in 2016? (eligibility dates are: 1 OCT 2014 – 30 SEP 2015)

    bold are my best guesses at the 5 nominees, the rest I see as contenders

    Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece
    Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
    Disclosure – Caracal
    Dr. Dre – Compton
    Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
    Jewel – Picking Up the Pieces
    Diana Krall – Wallflower
    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    Madonna – Rebel Heart
    Miguel – Wild Heart
    Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
    Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    U2 – Songs of Innocence
    Jessie Ware – Tough Love 
    The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness 

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    james14
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    Top 15 Contenders

    Taylor Swift, 1989
    Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
    Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
    Sam Hunt, Montevallo
    The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
    Frank Ocean, Boys Don’t Cry
    Disclosure, Caracal
    Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
    Dr. Dre, Compton
    Mumford and Sons, Wilder Mind
    Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    Meghan Trainor, Title 
    Miguel, Wildheart
    Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves 

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    Final2
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    #411929

    As far as locks are concerned (I don’t really believe locks exist quite frankly)

    “1989” by Taylor Swift

    It’s by far the most dominant album is years with almost 4 million more sales than the nest eligible album with 4 top 10 hits and 3 #1s and a great MC score it’s the leader of chances at a nomination.

    “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar

    Critically Acclaimed and already a Grammy winning album TPAB will nab Kendrick two nods in Album and Rap Album as well as multiple nods in the Rap Field and more than likely a nod with Taylor Swift in the Pop Field.

    My likely picks are.

    “Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd

    He has a lot going for him at the moment with two top 5 singles so far in 2015 and his album hasn’t been released yet but I expect it to get really good reviews and I just think it’s destined to be nominated even without listening to it.

    “Title” by Meghan Trainor.

    I really didn’t want to believe this was gonna get get she’s definitely a contender for Pop Vocal Album but she has two top 10 hit and Grammy nominated #1 hit and is selling quite well for a debut. She’s still in the spotlight somewhat with her current single and she’s on Charlie Puth’s single “Marvin Gaye” she should be on the voters mind come November.

    “Pain Killer” by Little Big Town

    They have the country song of the year with “Girl Crush” and will probably be nominated in Country Album, Song and Duo/Group but I think they’ll get a SotY nod and get into Album. I see them having the support from country voters over the closest country competition with is Sam Hunt. Also I’m a huge Little Big Town fan and this pick is completely bias.

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    Jade
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    #411930

    Top Contenders:

     

    • Taylor Swift- “1989”
    • Kendrick Lamar- “To Pimp A Butterfly”

    Most Likely:

    • Alabama Shakes- “Sound & Color”
    • The Weeknd- “Beauty Behind The Madness”(even though it’s not out yet)
    • Foo Fighters- “Sonic Highways”

    Other Contenders:

    • Meghan Trainor- “Title”
    • Drake- “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”
    • Sam Hunt- “Montevallo”

     

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    benutty
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    Completely forgot about If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late though I agree with the assessment that it’s a “contender” rather than a likely nominee.

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    Atypical
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    #411932

    Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, & Meghan Trainor

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    MovieManiac405
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    Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color”
    D’Angelo “Black Messiah”
    Drake “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”
    Florence + The Machine “How Big How Blue How Beautiful”
    Foo Fighters “Sonic Highways”
    Hozier “Hozier”
    Imagine Dragons “Smoke & Mirrors”
    James Taylor “Before This World”
    Kacey Musgraves “Pageant Material”
    Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly”
    Meghan Trainor “Title”
    Miguel “Wild Heart”
    Mumford & Sons “Wilder Mind”
    Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”
    Sam Hunt “Montevello”
    Soundtrack “Fifty Shades of Gray”
    Taylor Swift “1989”
    The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness”

    Unleased but have a chance if eligible:
    Frank Ocean “Boys Don’t Cry”
    Lana Del Rey “Honeymoon”

    I’m shocking that not one person on here has mentioned Imagine Dragons yet… Grammy has already proven that they love them (ROTY nom for “Radioactive”, Rock Performance win…). I think if Grammy wants an alternative to Alabama Shakes or Foo Fighters in that Rock/Rock Pop/Rock Alternative AOTY spot, this is the easy choice. I realize there’s nothing as big as “Radioactive” from it, but “Shots” and “I Bet My Life”  were modest hits.

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    Gucci
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    Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
    Fifth Harmony, Reflection
    Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
    Taylor Swift, 1989
    Meghan Trainor, Title

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    Yikes anything coming up before the deadline? After reviewing all these suggestions I think Foo Fighters is in now, as I stated yesterday. There could be more than one alt/rock nominee here. I don’t understand why everyone is all about Alabama Shakes here (who I actually really enjoy). It got good reviews, but not amazing and there hasn’t been a huge buzz about them. Not saying they’ll be snubbed, but I’d put them at 50/50 right now at best. And I think they could coincide with another rock act like Foo Fighters in AOTY this year.

    Looking at the list of featured artists on Foo Fighters album, the nature of how it was recorded and all–this is like a snotty old man’s wet dream here. Best of all, they can avoid the backlash of the previous decade (Ray Charles, etc) by hiding behind Foo Fighters as the face.The album, while I admit was a bit of a letdown but by no means “bad,” really shows that the music industry is more than just a couple cities in this country. Last two albums made the cut here (in more competitive years too), they have a proven track record with the Grammys overall. No reason at this point to think this won’t get in. 

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    The only already-released albums I feel confident-ish about are the Bad Blood singers. 
    He did only spend like a month in the T10 and doesn’t have big hits, but his album is overwhelmingly acclaimed and did sell well in a frontloaded manner. Plus the only albums to have more than 7 weeks in the sales T10 are Pentatonix Christmas covers/50 Shades various artists soundtrack which aren’t happening, and 1989 with 40+ weeks. So no Big Impressive Sellers are there to steal his place.

    A number of majors are to be released the last 2 months, but we don’t know exactly how they’ll be received. 

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    Gone_Guy
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    #411937

    Hey, Lady GaGa, please drop a surprise album before Sept 30. 

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    I suspect that Don Henley’s solo album Cass County, out on 9-25, will be on the short list.

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    Daniel B.
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    #411939

    What albums are we likely to see contend for an Album of the Year nomination in 2016? (eligibility dates are: 1 OCT 2014 – 30 SEP 2015)

    bold are my best guesses at the 5 nominees, the rest I see as contenders

    Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece
    Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
    Disclosure – Caracal
    Dr. Dre – Compton
    Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
    Jewel – Picking Up the Pieces
    Diana Krall – Wallflower
    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    Madonna – Rebel Heart
    Miguel – Wild Heart
    Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
    Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    U2 – Songs of Innocence
    Jessie Ware – Tough Love 
    The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness 

    U2 is not eligible for Album of the Year this year. It was nominated for Best Rock Album last year though.

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    If I had to make my predictions now they would be:

    Taylor Swift1989
    Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly
    Alabama ShakesSound and Color
    Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
    D’Angelo and the VanguardBlack Messiah

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    katyperry
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    Taylor Swift – 1989 (will be likely to beat)
    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (though won’t likely to win, will be likely rap field nominee)
    Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (though reviews are not great, grammy favorite and weak rock field will help it)
    The Weeknd – Beauty Behind Madness (pop/urban nominee with tons of hits. Expecting Bruno Mars like nomination)
    D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (great review, veteran status)

    from the rest

    Mumford and Sons – Milder Wind (are they still grammy favorite with different sound? reviews are not great)
    Dr.Dre – Compton (but his protege Kendrick will likely block his)
    Drake – If you’re reading this it’s too late (Is this really an ‘album’? public will wait for View from the 6)
    Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color (still don’t have a clue about this one)
    Tame Impala – Currents (great album, but not better than the last one)
    Miguel – Wild Heart (likely sweep R&B fields, but lack of hits will block this coming to general field. When will Frank release his?)
    Meghan Trainor – Title (not feeling her buzz since the beginning of this year)
    Florence + The Machine – How Big… (Florence is everywhere for the festival, can this buzz translate into nomination?)

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