Adele's "21" looks like a lock for Best Pop Vocal Abum. After all, the release, which also contends for Album of the Year, spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard album charts and has sold more than 4 million copies in the United States alone. Two singles -- "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" -- rocketed to #1 on the Hot 100. The first contends for both Record and Song of the Year while the second is the tune Adele croons for her Pop Performance bid. And two other soulful British songstresses took this award recently with Amy Winehouse prevailing for "Back to Black" in 2007 and Duffy winning the following year for "Rockferry."
Lady Gaga won this race last year with "The Fame Monster" and now contends for "Born This Way." This new album sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. The title song went to #1 on the Hot 100 while subsequent singles "Judas," "The Edge of Glory," and "You and I" all went top ten.
Rihanna , who has won three of her 13 Grammy bids for singles, finally broke into this race with her album "Loud." That disc produced three chart-toppers -- "Only Girl (In the World)," as well as the duets "What's My Name?" (with Drake) and "S&M" (with Britney Spears) -- and has sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S.
It's hard to figure out how soul and contemporary R&B singer Bruno Mars ended up in the pop field as his debut release "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" contends here. He had successful singles on top 40 radio with "Just the Way You Are," "Grenade," and "The Lazy Song."
Those four discs also vie for the prestigious Album of the Year Grammy. The fifth Pop Vocal Album nominee is Cee Lo's "The Lady Killer." This funky album includes the massive hit "Forget You." As half of the duo Gnarls Barkley, Cee Lo shared in the 2006 Best Alternative Music Album Grammy for "St. Elsewhere."