Love em or hate em, they are coming in a few days. Like all awards, winners will be happy (generally) and the “also-rans” will bravely say “it was an honor to just be nominated”.
Billboard has a great piece looking at the Album of the Year over the first sixty years of the Grammys. Every Grammy Winner for Album of the Year, Ranked.
It’s a fascinating read. What I especially appreciated was references to albums that were not even nominated. Look at 1993 when Natalie Cole won for Unforgettable. A pleasant album for sure, but better than Bonnie Raitt’s Luck of the Draw, or R.E.M.’s Out of Time? Or what about those that were not even nominated – Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory.
And then there’s 1976 – Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years. Again, great album, but it doesn’t match Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy. This was Elton John’s best, his personal favorite and iconic from the first track to the last. Let the discussion begin.