No country albums were nominated in this category last year, but that’s likely to change this time around. In fact, it’s possible that more than one country release will receive nods for the first time in Grammy history.
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
The genre-blurring star’s previous album, beerbongs & bentleys, was an album of the year nominee in 2018. This LP, Post Malone’s third, topped the Billboard 200 for five nonconsecutive weeks, longer than any other album in this eligibility year so far.
The Weeknd, After Hours
The R&B artist’s 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was nominated for album of the year — but two years later, his follow-up, Starboy, was passed over. Now, The Weeknd has another shot with his fourth LP, After Hours, which spent its first four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Apple’s fifth album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (just one spot below her 2012 album, The Idler Wheel...). Apple, who released her first album in 1996, was nominated for best new artist at the 1998 ceremony, but hasn’t been recognized in any of the other general-field categories since.
Harry Styles, Fine Line
Styles has yet to receive a Grammy nomination as a solo artist or as a member of One Direction. But Fine Line, his second solo release, not only spent its first two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 but also prompted Stevie Nicks to tweet: “Way to go H~ it is your Rumours.” (That Fleetwood Mac classic won album of the year in 1978.)