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And the 2012 Grammy nominees for album of the year are …

By Dean Goodman
April 26, 2011

You read it here first: the 2012 Grammy nominees for album of the year are: Taylor Swift, Adele, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paul Simon and the Foo Fighters.

Or maybe not. But with five months to go until the eligibility period for next year’s ceremony ends, some blue-ribbon Grammy laureates are getting an early start on their campaigns for the music industry’s top awards.

The aforementioned acts have a combined 54 Grammys among them, led by Krauss (26) and Simon (16). A Grammy track record is always good. Krauss (pictured at left with Robert Plant at the 2009 ceremony), Swift and Simon have already won the most coveted Grammy.

English pop-soul singer Adele was named best new artist in 2009, promptly disappeared and then resurfaced in February with her second album, “21.” Awash in tales of heartbreak (another Grammy plus), it topped the U.S. charts for four weeks and the U.K. charts for 12. Grammy voters will be dying for a chance to prove how prescient they were. Natalie Cole was the last new artist winner (1976) to win album of the year (1992) at a later ceremony.

The Grammys are supposed to be about creative excellence — our early contenders can all check that box — but sales figures inevitably get the attention of voters. Swift’s “Speak Now” was the third-biggest release of 2010 despite coming out in late October. The other four occupy the top four spots on the current chart. The Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” debuted at No. 1 last week, bumping Adele to No. 2. Krauss’ “Paper Airplane” and Simon’s “So Beautiful or So What” debuted at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

The Foo Fighters — frontman Dave Grohl is pictured at the 2008 ceremony — have won six Grammys, and received an album of the year nomination for their previous release. Rock ‘n’ roll had a low profile at this year’s awards, with the notable exception of Arcade Fire’s shock win for album of the year.

Krauss, who turns 40 in July, is the most honored singer in Grammy history. The only other living artist with more awards is Quincy Jones. The producer/composer started building his collection of 27 statuettes in 1964.

Simon has three album of the year Grammys, but he has not won anything since the title track from his 1987 winner “Graceland” was named record of the year in 1988. A nomination for Simon, after two decades or so in the creative wilderness, would give him the edge in the “comeback” and “living legend” boxes.

To be sure, upcoming releases from the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, the Beastie Boys, Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, Kanye West & Jay-Z could impress Grammy voters. Nominations will be announced in December, giving plenty of time for this column to be forgotten if the predictions are way off the mark.


Adele is the one to be! She is the best of this year! She will be rewarded like Amy Winehouse (RIP)

Posted by JoseAntonio | Report as abusive

WOW! Kanye’s MBDTF WILL be nominated for AOTY. It’s one of the best reviewed albums in a while plus kanye is a grammy favorite. I’ll put money that MBDTF will be nominated.

Posted by evantay26 | Report as abusive

Not true…Kanye West’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” came out November 2010 so it couldn’t be nominated for the last grammy’s…but this year it’s going to be nominated and most likely won. It was in the top three critically acclaimed albums of that year and places like Times Magazine put it at #1 album of the year. It’s a sure winner

Posted by Alexxx1 | Report as abusive

Adele is very deserving for her new “21″ record, and it’s great to see fairly new people being recognized in the industry. Dont discount the older artists! Listen to Barry Manilow’s newest rock record. YES, R-O-C-K record! It’s amazing. Barry’s new record is called “15 Minutes” and it is incredible. With guitar licks sounding like Coldplay mixed with Doobie Brothers and a bit of Foo Fighter feisty-ness thrown-in … you’ll be surprised at the sing-ability that rocks you on his newest effort. I hope Barry and his new record makes it to the Grammy’s in 2012 … He deserves the recognition on this one!

Posted by JEA | Report as abusive

You should take a listen to Collin Marrero’s album NO LIMITS its definitely a possibility for New Artist.

Posted by JamesJMoran | Report as abusive

Foo Fighters should win. They made their album with no computers in the lead singer’s garage! The music industry needs a band that doesn’t have “Wizard of Oz/ Man Behind the Curtain” changing the voices and audio in the music to make it sound better.

Posted by JGmoney1996 | Report as abusive

Gillian Welch, The Harrow And The Harvest is simply amazing and should win a grammy.

Posted by szb2011 | Report as abusive

Homeboy for Record of The Year

Posted by junglelove | Report as abusive

I think Gaga Will Take All
Adele is an amazing singer and will win a few Grammys. But Gaga has it

Adele Wins: Pop Album Pop Performance and Record of The Year

Gaga Wins: Dance Album Dance Recording Song of They Year
Album of the YEar(If she is nominated again she will win. The Grammy academy will take heat if an artist is nominated 3 years in a row and doesn’t win)
Also may Producer of The YEar w/ RedOne and Faribay

Posted by kid123456 | Report as abusive

Kanye’s MBDTF is going to win hands down. Listen to it

Posted by Esty1002 | Report as abusive

Bon Iver by Bon Iver should be on this. Definitely one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long long time.

Posted by drewzybby | Report as abusive

I agree with drewzybby! Bon Iver ftw! 2-album-year-predictions

Posted by hideousANIMALS | Report as abusive

Bon Iver all day long.

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