Nominations for the 58th annual GRAMMY awards will be revealed on Monday (Dec. 7), so it’s time to start wrapping up the predictions for the big four categories: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. The album of the year trophy has two big front-runners--who were both competing for the 2014 award--and a whole mess of outsiders hoping to lock up a nod. Which five artists will be sending their respective works to the big dance? We'll find out in February, but we have some educated guesses as to what will be competing.
Here are our official predictions for the five albums that will have their titles called when the album of the year nominees are announced on Monday. Check out our forecast, and tell us what you think! Also, check out our best new artist predictions here and record of the year predictions here.
With five Top 10 hits and even the anti-poptimists admitting that its Max Martin-produced tunes are among the best radio hits of the decade, Taylor Swift's blockbuster fifth album should net the singer the third album of the year GRAMMY nod of her career.