The Top Stars Of 2011 Battle It Out

With just six days to go until the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, it’s time to start looking at the many nominees and their chances of success at the most coveted music awards show on earth.

The show is one of the benchmark dates in the music calender and always throws up a few surprises. Trends looks at the nominees for Record Of The Year to see what might be in store.

The award for Record Of The Year is presented to the performer and production team of a single song. Country phenomenon Lady Antebellum was victorious last year for the track “Need You Now” – beating off strong competition from Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Cee Lo Green and Jay-Z.

The nominees this year for the award spread out quite nicely across the musical spectrum. Pop giants Katy Perry and Bruno Mars (nominated for the second consecutive year) are both nominated for their tracks “Firework” and “Grenade” (respectively). With “Firework” boasting 4,418,853 total scrobbles and “Grenade” falling short with 2,718,790 scrobbles, it would take a brave man to bet on Bruno Mars walking away with the award.

Music of the folk/indie variety is widely represented in the category, with nominations for Bon Iver‘s “Holocene” (1,559,646 total scrobbles) and Mumford & Son‘s “The Cave” (3,952,395 total scrobbles).

Unsurprisingly Adele is in there – nominated for her track “Rolling In The Deep”. Scrobbled 6,557,034 times, the track helped Adele to #1 in the recent Best Of 2011 chart. The graph below shows just how strong her scrobble activity has been over the last twelve months:

With Bon Iver’s “Holocene” having the lowest scrobble count out of all the nominees, the widely acclaimed group will probably enjoy going into the awards as the underdogs – knowing that should they walk away with the award it will be a triumph for independent music.

Find out all the winners on CBS, February 12th at 8pm. In the meantime, be sure to tune in to GRAMMY radio for an aural guide to the nominees.

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