In Billboard.biz’s annual Grammy Readers' Poll, readers accurately predicted five out of eleven major award categories -- a 45% accuracy rating. In terms of baseball, that percentage would put you all in the Hall of Fame, but in a school test, well ...
Of the four major categories, our readers correctly predicted fun. would win Best New Artist by an overwhelming 40% margin. On the other three categories – Record, Song and Album of the year -- you did less perfectly (i.e. you were dead wrong).
For Album of the Year, you selected fun.’s Some Nights with a 51.6% of the total votes, while only 12.6% of you chose winner Mumford & Son’s Babel. You were also way off regarding the Record of the Year, with 30.7% of you choosing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and only 16.8% of you correctly identifying Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (we understand; he’s Australian/Belgian and his name is hard to remember). Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” was your incorrect choice for Song of the Year, receiving 35.3% of the vote instead of fun.’s “We Are Young” which received 18.9%.
However! You can all feel way better about yourselves and your prescience in picking Albums of the Year in their respective genres. Here, you accurately predicted four out of six categories -- 67% accuracy.
52% of respondents thought Gotye's Making Mirrors would take the gramophone for Best Alternative Album -- beating out fan favorites like Fiona Apple, Björk and Tom Waits -- and you were right.
It's a different story altogether when we examine your predictions for Best R&B Album; you literally couldn't have been more wrong! 49% of you thought R. Kelly's Write Me Back would win the category, and only 8% thought that Black Radio from the Robert Glasper Experiment deserved a trophy, which it (apparently) absolutely did. Maybe next year, Mr. Kelly.
In the Best Country Album category, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged brought in 17.8%, while Hunter Hayes' self-titled set garnered 38% of the vote and Miranda Lambert's Four the Record a close second at 37%. Wrong again, guys. Uncaged took home the trophy -- something our voters won't be doing in this case.
In the other hand, Skrillex's Bangarang was the winner of our Readers Poll and the Grammy Award for Best Dance Album, taking in 46% of your votes in the most 2012 Adele-like category in terms of obviousness. Kaskade's Fire and Ice was in second place, with 16.3% of votes cast.
Best Rap Album is a category that our voters and the Recording Academy overwhelmingly agreed on: everyone liked Drake. (Even if those attending his label's pre-Grammys party were rooting for Nas.) Drake brought in a show-stopping 66.7% of your votes for Take Care, with Nas' Life Is Good a distant (distant) second at 8.8% of votes cast. It would seem that Canadian rap is here to stay.
More bad news: Best Rock Album went to the Black Keys' El Camino, which nabbed 27.3% of our readers' votes -- less than the 35.5% you awarded to Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto. Jack White, the predicted underdog for the evening, was surprisingly low in your estimations, garnering but 9.5% the total tally.
And finally: Victory! Kelly Clarkson's Grammy win for Best Pop Vocal Album on the strength of her fifth full-length Stronger was right in line with our readers' opinion on the category, with Clarkson taking a pretty-much even 30% of votes. fun. and Some Nights trailed in second place at 23.4%.