Grammys 2013 Predictions: Album of the Year
Mumford & Sons’ 2010 debut album Sigh No More wasn’t nominated for Album of the Year, but a song from the album, “The Cave,” was a finalist for Record and Song of the Year last year.
The Grammy nominations will be announced on a live TV special on Dec. 5. LL Cool J and Taylor Swift are set to co-host the one-hour show. The awards will be presented on Feb. 10.
The Black Keys’ El Camino is also likely to receive an Album of the Year nomination. The album debuted and peaked at #2 in December. The duo’s last album, Brothers, was voted Best Alternative Music Album of 2010. (It beat Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, which went on to win Album of the Year. This suggests that Brothers might have won Album of the Year if it the panel of Grammy insiders that determines the nominations in the top four categories had put it in the finals.)
Leading contenders for the two remaining spots include Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Rihanna’s Talk That Talk, Drake’s Take Care, Bob Dylan’s Tempest, Neil Young with Crazy Horse’s Americana, The Lumineers’ The Lumineers and P!nk’s The Truth About Love.
Coldplay and Rihanna were nominated for Album of the Year with their previous studio releases, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends and Loud, respectively. Coldplay’s latest album didn’t have the same impact as that 2008 work, but Rihanna continues to be at her peak.