The Grammy for Album of the Year has gone to some classic albums, including Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and The Joshua Tree by U2. There have been years when they have gotten it wrong (I doubt few people think Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature was a better album than Radiohead’s Kid A at this point in history), but most of the time they get it right. It’s a huge honor for musical professionals and an amazing achievement for any artist or band.
This year boasts a competitive field for the big honor. In one corner, you have Beyoncé with her remarkable album, Lemonade. Facing off in the other corner, is Adele with 25 that boasts one great song after another. There’s also Drake’s great album Views in the mix and Justin Bieber scored with Purpose, a consistently terrific piece of work. Rounding out the nominations is Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
So who do you think will win? Will it be one of the two user-talented ladies or will Drake sneak in there with a split vote. Does Bieber have the industry love he needs to win? And maybe Sturgill blows past all of them and snags the victory? Most insiders and experts are predicting either Beyoncé or Adele, but they could cancel each other out and we could have a surprise this year. Beck beat Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran two years ago. Arcade Fire beat Eminem and Lady Gaga a few years before that, so crazier things have happened.
Vote below for who you think will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year!