The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be taking place this Sunday, February 5, live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ at 8PM ET / 5PM PT, and with such a competitive list of nominees for Album of the Year, we can’t wait to see who takes home the gold.
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With projects that have shaken the table, broken records, created viral trends, and all of the above, this is going to be a tough decision and we're anxiously counting down the days 'til a winner is announced.
This should be an interesting night, as Beyoncé and Adele are going head-to-head again for the first time since 2017, when Adele made the legendary choice to reject her Album of the Year win for 25 because she believed Beyoncé deserved it more for her work on Lemonade. In addition to these two powerhouses, Mary J. Blige, Bad Bunny, ABBA, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and Harry Styles are also on the ballot.
Full of heavy hitters, am I right?
But ultimately, they all have proven through their work why their album deserves this recognition.
ABBA - 'Voyage'
Voyage has been long awaited as this was the Swedish pop group’s first album in 40 years and has sold roughly over 2.5 million copies across the world. The dual release of “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” supported this album heavily and helped gain its momentum and popularity. Voyage reached number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and took the number one spot on the UK album charts.
Adele - '30'
Touching on her divorce, heartbreak and motherhood, Adele’s fourth studio album 30 is arguably her most creative piece of work yet. In 2022, she won British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards, along with a host of other trophies.
Bad Bunny - 'Un Verano Sin Ti'
With underlying tones of reggae, indie pop, and cumbia there’s no way to deny this project’s success. This is Bad Bunny’s second number one album as it placed atop the Billboard 200 list where it spent 13 weeks ranked. Un Verano Sin Ti won Best Urban Music Album at the Latin GRAMMY Awards, and Top Latin Album of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Beyoncé - 'RENAISSANCE'
An undeniable success, Queen Bey put her spin on house music, disco, and pop to promote self-expression. The lead single of the album “BREAK MY SOUL” took number one across several different charts and the second single, “CUFF IT” joined the top 10 Billboard Hot 100. This album was highly sought after and received a lot of positive reviews being named Album of the Year by several publications like the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and more.
Mary J. Blige - 'Good Morning Gorgeous (DELUXE)'
Debuting at number 14 on the Billboard 200, Aunty Mary sold about 250,000 units in its first week. With features from Dave East, Anderson .Paak, Moneybagg Yo, and Fivio Foreign, she took a leap outside of the box with this project.
Brandi Carlile - 'In These Silent Days'
Curated during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, Brandi Carlile released her seventh studio album, In These Silent Days, which debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and topped the list of Top Rock Albums.
Coldplay - 'Music of the Spheres'
The space-themed album is the ninth studio album from the British rock band which received ample nominations and debuted at number one on the UK Album Chart making this Coldplay’s ninth number one album.
Kendrick Lamar - 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'
After a five-year-long musical hiatus and venturing onto a healing journey via therapy, Kendrick Lamar dropped his fifth studio album which can be classified as conscious rap. Exploring themes of childhood trauma, toxic relationships, and generational trauma, Kendrick embodies the idea of being “woke.” In 2022 he won Favorite Hip Hop Album at the AMAs and Album of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards
Lizzo - 'Special'
Special’s mix of pop, funk, R&B, hip-hop, and disco led to it peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and top charts in several other countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and more.
Harry Styles - 'Harry’s House'
Harry Styles earned the best first week numbers of his career after the debut of Harry’s House, it very quickly became one of the fastest-selling albums of 2022 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with about 521,500 unit sales.
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