After years of honoring boomer picks like Herbie Hancock or Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, the Academy is finally realizing that the only thing Grammy viewers love more than old people is young people who sound like the classic singers loved by old people. Which is why next year’s Grammys will no doubt belong to Adele.
On Nov. 30, the 23-year-old retro-soul singer earned six nominations, including best song, record, and album. The rest of the list was surprisingly pop-heavy: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Rihanna’s Loud, and Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans rounded out the Album of the Year picks, along with the sole rock choice, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light. Although Kanye West led the pack with seven nods, his critical hit My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was snubbed for Album of the Year. Similarly, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now was left to vie only for Best Country Album, probably inspiring her famous Surprised Face.
The Academy did try to appease the hipsters, with nods for Wisconsin folk act Bon Iver and dance-music kingpin Skrillex. But the only one who can bridge the gap between the crate diggers and the mainstream is Adele. Now it’s just a matter of which vintage elbow-length gloves she’ll wear to accept her trophies.