Grammy Predictions: Best Alternative Music Album

While they agree about who will win this race, Gold Derby’s music experts Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar  disagree about who should win.

“The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
“Infinite Arms,” Band of Horses
“Brothers,” The Black Keys
“Broken Bells,” Broken Bells
“Contra,” Vampire Weekend

Darrin’s take: Album of the Year nominees Arcade Fire should easily win here, but watch out for The Black Keys. They’ve been campaigning throughout the voting period and surprisingly picked up four nominations.

Will win: “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
Should win: “Brothers,” The Black Keys
Spoiler: “Brothers,” The Black Keys

David’s take: Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” is a lock to win in this category.  In the past twenty years, there have been seven Album of the Year nominations that won in this category. But only once has an Album of the Year nominee lost to a non-nominee — in 1993 when U2‘s “Zooropa” beat R.E.M.‘s “Automatic For The People.” Band Of Horses, The Black Keys, Broken Bells and Vampire Weekend are not likely to upset.

Will win: “The Suburbs.” Arcade Fire
Should win: “The Suburbs.” Arcade Fire
Spoiler: No one


ROCK: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Solo Performance with Vocals

R&B: Best R&B Song, Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

DANCEBest Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording

RAPBest Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance

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