Grammys 2013 Predictions: Rock/Alternative Fields

Paul Grein
Stop The Presses!

The Black Keys, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album with its 2010 album, Brothers, is competing in the Best Rock Album category this time around. Jack White, who, with the White Stripes, won Best Alternative Music Album three times, is also competing for Best Rock Album. If the Black Keys or White wins the award, they’ll become be the fourth act to take top album honors in both fields. U2, Green Day and Coldplay also achieved the feat. (Acts are often seen as alternative when they are building and then as part of the rock establishment once they reach the top.)

Two past winners for Best Rock Album, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen, are likely to be back in the running with their current albums, Mylo Xyloto and Wrecking Ball, respectively. Two other past winners in the category, Green Day and Muse, are also fairly strong candidates, though they may fall short this time around.

Gotye’s Making Mirrors is the front-runner for Best Alternative Music Album. Fiona Apple and Bjork are also likely to make the finals. Apple and Bjork are both vying to become the first female solo artist to win in the category since Sinead O’Connor took the award with her 1990 album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. The competition may also include Tom Waits, who won the award with his 1992 album Bone Machine.

Mumford & Sons’ Babel is the front-runner to win for Best Americana Album. It’s expected to face Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream, Bob Dylan’s Tempest, The LumineersThe Lumineers and The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter. Notably, Americana by Neil Young & Crazy Horse isn’t competing for a nomination as Best Americana Album. It’s vying for a nomination as Best Rock Album. (Note: Best Americana Album is the American Roots field, but it’s such a red-hot category I decided to squeeze it in here.)

Babel is also likely to receive a nomination for Album of the Year. The Black Keys, Coldplay, Young & Crazy Horse and Gotye albums are also serious contenders for that award.

The Grammy nominations will be announced on a live TV special on Dec. 5. The awards will be presented on Feb. 10.

Best Rock Album

The Black Keys, El Camino

Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana

Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball

Jack White, Blunderbuss


Dave Matthews Band, Away From The World

Green Day, Uno!

Muse, The 2nd Law

Of Monsters And Men, My Head Is An Animal

Lou Reed & Metallica, Lulu

Patti Smith, Banga

Best Rock Performance

Coldplay, “Charlie Brown”

The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”

Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”

Bruce Springsteen, “We Take Care Of Our Own”


Muse, “Madness”

Green Day, “Oh Love”

Of Monsters And Men, “Little Talks”

Arcade Fire, “Abraham’s Daughter”

Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”

Dave Matthews Band, “Mercy”

Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks”

Jack White, “Freedom At 21”

Neil Young with Crazy Horse, “Oh Susanna”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Five Finger Death Punch, “Under And Over It”

Iron Maiden, “Blood Brothers”

Korn featuring Skrillex And Kill The Noise, “Narcissistic Cannibal”

Lamb of God, “Ghost Walking”

Megadeth, “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”


As I Lay Dying, “Cauterize”

Shadows Fall, “Fire From The Sky”

Anthrax, “I’m Alive”

Marilyn Manson, “No Reflection”

Best Rock Song

“Charlie Brown” (Coldplay), Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters.

“It’s Time” (Imagine Dragons), Imagine Dragons

“I Will Wait” (Mumford & Sons), Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford

“Lonely Boy” (The Black Keys), Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney

“We Take Care Of Our Own” (Bruce Springsteen), Bruce Springsteen


“Freedom At 21” (Jack White), Jack White

“Madness” (Muse), Matthew Bellamy

Best Alternative Music Album

Gotye, Making Mirrors

Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser…

Bjork, Biophilia

David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant


The XX, Coexist

Sigur Ros, Valtari

Best Americana Album

Mumford & Sons, Babel

Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Bob Dylan, Tempest

The Lumineers, The Lumineers

The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter


Kevin Costner & Modern West, Famous For Killing Each Other: Music From And Inspired By Hatfields & McCoys

Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls

Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire

Ryan Bingham, Tomorrowland

Bodeans, American Made

John Hiatt, Mystic Pinball

Amos Lee, As The Crow Flies

Little Feat, Rooster Rag

Lyle Lovett, Release Me

Shelby Lynne, Revelation Road

Dwight Yoakam, 3 Pears