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GRAMMY AWARDS: Best Pop Vocal Album Nominees

By Joe Hyer

February 7, 2017

Who dropped the best pop album this year? We’ll find out at Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards. But first, we want your take on the nominees for best rap album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.

The pack of nominees for Best Pop Vocal Album features familiar names. Adele returned the music scene with the smash hit album 25, “Purpose gave Justin Bieber the first number one hit of his career, Ariana Grande released Dangerous Woman, Demi Lovato had a successful year with Confident, and Sia released songs rejected by other female artists on This is Acting.

Preview each artist below by checking out the lead single off of their nominated albums.

25 – Adele

This album has given us so much to sing along with since its release in late 2015. It reminded us just how much we REALLY missed Adele during her hiatus. I mean, the lead single “Hello” was everywhere in the fall of 2015. The album is full of tracks that you are karaoke bar crowd pleasers. That’s how you define a good album, right? Singing along to this entire album may never get old.

Purpose – Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber grew up a lot in the past year. Alright, he KIND of grew up in 2016. But this seemed like it was the first year that it became acceptable to admit that you were a fan of the Biebs if you weren’t a 16-year-old girl. This album featured producers Skrillex and Diplo to help justify your Bieber fandom this year. The track “What Do You Mean?” gave the Canadian singer the first number 1 single of his career. “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself” also reached number on the Billboard charts. 

Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has come a long way since her days starring on the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat. Her third studio album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future appear on this album. While one may say the album caters to commercial pop music success, just listen to Grande’s a cappella cover of “Dangerous Woman."

Confident – Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato spent much of 2016 campaigning for Hillary Clinton. The 23-year-old pop star even performed at the Democratic National Convention. Lovato’s fifth studio album features guest appearances from Iggy Azalea and Sirah. The lead single “Cool for the Summer” was a summer 2015 earworm for many. Plus, the album also gave fans the pop anthem “Confident.”

This is Acting - Sia

This is one of our favorite albums from 2016. It is mostly comprised of songs that were written for (and turned down by) other female pop artists. Sia said the album is not necessarily things she would say. ““I’m calling it ‘This Is Acting’ because they are songs I was writing for other people. So I didn’t go in thinking ‘this is something I would say’. It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun,” she told NME last year.  The lead single “Alive” was originally written for Adele. “Cheap Thrills” was originally planned for Rihanna.

The 2017 GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.