GRAMMY Awards: Best Alternative Music Album Nominees

One-name veterans, the former Talking Heads singer, and modern favorites

January 2, 2019
Arctic Monkeys, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Beck, Bjork

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The 61st GRAMMY Awards is just over a month away, and we’re taking a closer look at the nominees in some of the biggest categories.

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Artists under consideration for Best Alternative Music Album include three longtime veterans, one of the most popular bands in the genre right now, and a singer-songwriter who continues to turn heads.

ARCTIC MONKEYS - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino 

The British indie band went in a new direction with a retro sound on an album written by singer Alex Turner in his Los Angeles home. The band is looking to score its first-ever GRAMMY.


It’s GRAMMY time, so Beck is back with his 20th nomination. Rolling Stone called Colors “a brilliant attempt to reckon with modern pop in the late 2010s.”


Like Beck, Björk has been relevant since the ‘90s and has racked up a slew of nominations. But the Icelandic singer is still looking for her first win.

DAVID BYRNEAmerican Utopia

The former Talking Heads singer released his first solo studio album in 14 years and it earned him his 5th GRAMMY nomination. He already has one award on his mantle for the score for The Last Emperor.

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The singer-songwriter liked her 4th studio album so much that she reworked it on piano a year later. The 36-year-old won her first career GRAMMY in the same category in 2014.


The 2019 GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10th at 8pm.