2021 Grammy predictions: Album of the Year

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for January 31, 2021 with the nominees to be announced this fall. So who will make the cut when the recording academy makes their choices? Scroll down to see our current top 20 contenders for Album of the Year in order of their racetrack odds. Those odds are based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby users who have placed their bets here in our predictions center. They’ll be updated throughout the season as albums rise and fall between now and the nominations, so check back to see how your favorites are doing. And make or update your own predictions as often as you like before nominations are announced.

In 2019 the recording academy decided to expand the top four general field categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist — so there will be eight nominees in the top category instead of the previous five, and the field includes formidable past winners ranging from the legendary Bob Dylan (“Rough and Rowdy Ways”) to Millennial Taylor Swift (“Folklore”), both of whom have won Album of the Year twice in their careers. The Chicks have also won before: “Taking the Long Way” prevailed in 2007, and now they’re back with “Gaslighter,” their first album since that triumphant release 14 years ago.

And there are past Album of the Year nominees itching for their first victories in the category. That includes Lady Gaga, who has had three past Album of the Year nominations but hasn’t won in any general field race despite having 11 Grammys total. She could get in the race with her return to dance pop, “Chromatica.” The Weeknd (“After Hours”), Post Malone (“Hollywood’s Bleeding”) and Brittany Howard (“Jaime”) are also formidable foes. As are newcomers like Roddy Ricch (“Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”) and Doja Cat (“Hot Pink”).

Do you agree with our odds? Who’s not in our top 20 (yet) that you think we’re underestimating? Check out our list below.