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GRAMMY Awards: Album of the Year Preview

By Joe Hyer

February 11, 2017

It's music's biggest night, and it's one of the biggest awards of the night. Competition is extremely tight for album of the year at the 59th GRAMMY Awards this weekend. 

The category features albums from Adele, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.

Who do you think will win? Check out our GRAMMY Awards Album of the Year preview below.


25 - Adele

Some fans might call Adele’s third album, 25, perfect, sad, legendary, or even a masterpiece. It is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in one week. Watch the music video below to remind yourself why this album is so good.

Purpose - Justin Bieber

This was the year that fans felt like Justin Bieber went from teen pop star to adult musician. This album gave Bieber his first three number one hits in “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry,” and Love Yourself.” All three tracks were so good that it was the first time it was OK to admit you were a fan of Bieber even if you weren’t a 16-year-old girl, right?

Lemonade - Beyoncé

When it comes to Lemonade, Beyoncé slayed, per usual, making this her sixth million-selling album. This visual album, which was premiered on HBO, sparked speculation about marital problems with her husband, Jay-Z, but in reality, it oozes with pushes for social justice, empowering black women, in particular.

Views - Drake

By the time “Hotline Bling” was being played EVERYWHERE you went in 2016, Drake’s 4th studio album was already destined for greatness. While some did pan Views for Drake’s lack of artistic growth, the commercial success of the album is undeniable and featured the impressive rapping skills Drake fans have come to love.


 

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson

 

The release of Sturgill Simpson’s third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, has attention from fans of all genres. The outlaw country singer has received high praise this year since dropping the record. Listen to his lead single, “Brace for Impact,” below.


The 2017 GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.