Grammy Predictions: The Rock/Alternative Fields
Bruce Springsteen has a good chance to win at least one Grammy this year, and possibly two. The Boss has amassed 20 Grammys to date. If he wins both, he’ll tie U2 for the most Grammys won by a rock act. (That is unless U2 also wins another Grammy this year. The band is nominated for Best Long Form Music Video.)
Let’s take a closer look at the rock and alternative fields.
Best Rock Album
The discussion: The Black Keys, Springsteen and White are the front-runners. The Black Keys are nominated for both Album and Record of the Year. Springsteen’s album was one of his best-reviewed in years. White is nominated for Album of the Year.
The Black Keys and White are past winners for Best Alternative Music Album. The Black Keys took that award with 2010’s Brothers. With the White Stripes, White won it three times—for 2003’s Elephant, 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan and 2007’s Icky Thump.
Springsteen, Coldplay and Muse are past winners for Best Rock Album—for 2002’s The Rising, 2008’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends and 2010’s The Resistance, respectively.
Bottom line: This is a field of heavy-hitters.
The pick: The Black Keys. The duo would become the fourth act to “graduate” from a win for Best Alternative Music Album to Best Rock Album. U2, Green Day and Coldplay previously made this journey.
Best Alternative Music Album
The discussion: Apple and Gotye are the front-runners. This would be Apple’s first Grammy since “Criminal” won for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance of 1997. Her album reached a career-high #3 on The Billboard 200. Gotye is nominated for Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used To Know,” his #1 smash featuring Kimbra.