Last year was the year of Adele, as the British pop powerhouse swept with her album "21." In 2013 the field is wide open. Taylor Swift has had quite a year. She dated a Kennedy, she went out with British "it" boy Harry Stiles, and still managed to find time for the music. If last year was the year of Adele, expect 2013 to be a big year for Swift.
There's no clear winner in any of the categories, and unlike last year, when Adele swept the ceremony with six awards, there isn't one stand-out artist or act for the 55th annual gala, added CBS News.
David Bakula, senior vice president of client development and insights at Neilsen, said that last year, with Adele, "it was a pretty safe bet," adding, "There isn't one that sweeps the board." Among Adele's many wins last year was album of the year, stated CBS News. This year's album of the year category features The Black Keys ("El Camino"), fun. ("Some Nights"), Mumford & Sons ("Babel"), Frank Ocean ("Channel Orange") and Jack White ("Blunderbuss").
George Howard, COO of Daytrotter, Wolfgang's Vault and Paste magazine, said, "It's a neat list for album of the year. I'm pulling for Mumford & Sons for album of the year. If I have to guess who's going to win I think it's going to be Frank Ocean. I'm going to go out on a limb here and I think he's going to win album of the year and best new artist," added Howard in the CBS News report.
Added CBS News, "The other best new artist nominees are Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers. It's a pretty exciting category this year, running the gamut from country with Hayes, to blues-rock with Alabama Shakes."
Taylor Swift should win record of the year
Howard says record of the year is more of a predictable category with nominees Kelly Clarkson "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Goyte ("Somebody That I Used to Know"), Frank Ocean ("Thinkin' About You"), The Black Keys ("Lonely Boy"), fun. ("Some Nights") and Taylor Swift ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together").
"If I had to bet, I think Taylor Swift will win," said Howard. This Staten Island Arts Examiner seconds Taylor Swift is a safe bet for record of the year. Stay tuned as the winners are announced at the Grammy's.