Adele's "21" is the clear frontrunner for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. With #1 singles in "Rolling in the Deep" -- which contends for Record of the Year and Song of the Year -- and Pop Vocal Performance nominee "Someone Like You," Adele could win this top prize for her sophomore disc. She already has Grammys for Best New Artist and Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Chasing Pavements," 2008). Also working in her favor, "21" is far and away the best-selling album of the year.
Lady Gaga reaped her third consecutive Album of the Year citation for "Born This Way." Last year she was up for "The Fame Monster" and before that she contended with "The Fame." She has yet to win, but it took The Beatles three nominations in a row to finally prevail in this category. Frank Sinatra is the only other act to contend for three successive albums -- a feat he accomplshed twice. Each time, he won back-to-back victories. Gaga can either win this year or set a depressing new record.
Like Adele, Bruno Mars is also contending in Song of the Year and Record of the Year. His "Grenade" hit #1 on the Hot 100. He had other popular singles on his album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" in "The Lazy Song" and last year's Grammy-winning "Just the Way You Are."
Another successful singles artist to find herself in the mix is Rihanna. She had three #1 hits from "Loud." First there was "What's My Name?" featuring Drake, then last year's Grammy-winning dance hit "Only Girl (In the World)," and finally "S&M" with Britney Spears. Considering she's one of the most successful singles artists of all time, it was only a matter of time before the Grammys noted one of her albums. Make no mistake though; she is only along for the ride this year.
A rock album almost always gets into the top category and this year was Foo Fighters' turn with "Wasting Light." They were previously cited in this category for "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" in 2007. Should they win, it would be the first victory by a rock album since U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" triumphed in 2005.