Grammy predictions summed up in one word: Adele

  • Article by: JON BREAM
  • Updated: February 11, 2012 - 5:44 PM

The Super Bowl may have been a tough bet, but Sunday night's Grammys are not.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Adele, "21"; Foo Fighters, "Wasting Light"; Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"; Bruno Mars, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans"; Rihanna, "Loud."

Verdict: Adele's blockbuster reversed the music biz's downward spiral. Bet the house on the deserving "21."

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"; Bon Iver, "Holocene"; Bruno Mars, "Grenade"; Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"; Katy Perry, "Firework."

Verdict: Adele is rolling in the Grammys. And rightfully so.

SONG OF THE YEAR

Nominees: Kanye West, "All the Lights"; Mumford & sons, "The Cave"; Bruno Mars, "Grenade"; Bon Iver, "Holocene"; Adele, "Rolling in the Deep."

Verdict: I'd vote for Adele's "Someone Like You" but it wasn't nominated. She'll take this trophy anyway.

BEST NEW ARTIST

Nominees: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex.

Verdict: Bon Iver is overrated and Minaj is underappreciated. I'd give her the Grammy, but the voters will select crossover country trio the Band Perry.

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Nominees: Bon Iver, "Bon Iver"; Death Cab for Cutie, "Codes and Keys"; Foster the People, "Torches"; My Morning Jacket, "Circuital"; Radiohead, "The King of Limbs."

Verdict: A strong case could be made for each, but Monsieur Iver, the pride of Eau Claire, Wis., will pocket the prize.

COUNTRY ALBUM

Nominees: Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"; Eric Church, "Chief"; Lady Antebellum, "Own the Night"; George Strait, "Here for a Good Time"; Taylor Swift, "Speak Now."

Verdict: Whoever wins, it won't be an upset. I'd vote for Church or Swift, but the academy members will pick Aldean.

RAP ALBUM

Nominees: Jay-Z & Kanye West, "Watch the Throne"; Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter IV"; Lupe Fiasco, "Lasers"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday"; Kanye West, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."

Verdict: The Grammys didn't show Kanye any love in album of the year, but he'll get honored here -- for his Jay-Z collaboration rather than the superior "Twisted Fantasy."

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