Album of the Year Nominees for the 2013 Grammys have been announced, with heavy favorite Mumford & Sons ("Babel") joining Frank Ocean ("channel ORANGE"), The Black Keys ("El Camino"), fun. ("Some Nights") and Jack White ("Blunderbuss").
"Babel" is on the lips of many speculators, particularly because the album strikes the right balance of commercial success and critical appeal. The album moved 600,000 copies in its first week of sales, which was the year's best until Taylor Swift's "Red" debuted with over a million units sold.
In advance of Wednesday's Grammy Nominations Concert (hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J), Steve Greenberg, a former president of Columbia Records and the chairman of S-Curve Records told Rolling Stone that he feels "Babel" is "a lock" for the award.
Last year, Adele's "21" beat out Rihanna's "Loud," the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light," Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans."
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Feb. 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS will exclusively air the program, as it did the nominations concert.
Photos from last year's awards and a live blog with info on all the other categories and nominees are available below.
02/10/2013 11:44 PM EST
Good Night, Everyone!
The 55th annual Grammy Awards have come to a close. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was a big winner, but Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West & Jay-Z were all honored with Grammys.
From all of us here at HuffPost Entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show. See you again on Feb. 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Here's Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift again, just because:
02/10/2013 11:36 PM EST
Grammys Winners 2013: Full List Of Honorees
Your complete list of Grammy winners, from fun. to The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.
02/10/2013 11:34 PM EST
@ johannacox :
Not enough Beyonce and nowhere near enough Solange. #grammys
02/10/2013 11:33 PM EST
You've Got To Fight For Your Right To Delta
@ TVWithoutPity :
Wow, the closing #Grammys jam was bumrushed by sponsor shout-outs. Thought it was MCA forever, not commerce forever.
02/10/2013 11:30 PM EST
The Broadcast Is Over
LL Cool J gets cut off saying good night on the Grammys. Hashtag that, LL.
02/10/2013 11:28 PM EST
This amalgam of rockers and hip-hop stars perform "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" to honor the late MCA. CBS, however, cuts them off with an rundown of the night's sponsors. Classy.
02/10/2013 11:26 PM EST
Ladies Love Cool James
@ HuffPostMedia :
OMG IT'S HASHTAG LL COOL J
02/10/2013 11:25 PM EST
LL Cool J, Chuck D, Tom Morello, Travis Barker & More
Closing the Grammys in style.
02/10/2013 11:24 PM EST
Tonight, They Are Young
More on fun. Fun!
02/10/2013 11:22 PM EST
"Still To Come, I Take The Stage"
LL Cool J now making Grammys threats.