Grammys 2013 Predictions: Rock/Alternative Fields
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 Lumineers’ The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers’ The 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.