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Sturgill Simpson Leads Country Genre with Album of the Year Nomination

By: Lauren Hoffman

February 11, 2017

Sturgill Simpson, nominated for both Country Album of the Year and Album of the Year at the GRAMMYs this weekend, is sure to leave an impressive mark. Simpson is up against Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Adele, and Drake for music's biggest night's most prestigious award. 

Simpson's 2016 release of his third studio album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, surprised fans of all genres. I think Simpson has an equal chance to win big this year!

Check out our GRAMMY Awards Album of the Year preview below.

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson

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

When it comes to Lemonade, Beyonce 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.

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