Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

U2
Paolo Pellegrin

U2

BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish
Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish
Label: Blue Note Records

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Turn Blue
The Black Keys
Producers: Danger Mouse, The Black Keys
Engineers/Mixers: Collin Dupuis, Kennie Takahashi, Geoff Neal, Bill Shibbe
Label: Nonesuch

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Songs Of Innocence
U2
Producers: Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, Flood, Declan Gaffney, Ryan Tedder
Engineers/Mixers: Ben Baptie, Declan Durbridge, Tom Elmhirst, Declan Gaffney, Carl Glanville, Kennie Takahashi, Matt Wiggins
Label: Interscope

BEST ALTERNATIVE ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN

This Is All Yours
Alt-J
Producer: Charlie Andrew
Engineers/Mixers: Charlie Andrew, Brett Cox
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic

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Reflektor
Arcade Fire
Producers: James Murphy, Marcus Dravs, Mark Lawson, Arcade Fire
Engineers/Mixers: Marcus Dravs, Tom Elmhirst, David Farrell, Eric Heigle, Mark Lawson, James Murphy, Korey Richey, Pascal Shefteshy, Craig Silvey, Damian Taylor
Label: Merge Records/Capitol Records

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St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Producer: John Congleton
Engineer: John Congleton
Label: Loma Vista Recordings/Republic

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN

"Neon Knights"
Anthrax
From: Ronnie James Dio -- This Is Your Life
Label: Rhino

Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

"High Road"
Mastodon
From: Once More 'Round the Sun
Label: Reprise

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"The Negative One"
Slipknot
From: .5: The Gray Chapter
Label: Roadrunner Records

This story first appeared in the Dec. 26 issue of Billboard.