Short of a tie, the 2017 Grammys are going to leave a lot of people sorely disappointed.
When Adele released 25 on Nov. 20, 2015, her fans rejoiced and it became clear that, once again, the queen of self-possessed woe and wistful, hard-earned perspective had just made the Recording Academy's job that much easier. 21 swept the major Grammy categories in 2012, and so would 25.
But as we all remember, 25—despite turning into the best-selling album of 2015 in barely a month's time—came out too late for immediate consideration. And so statuary adulation would have to wait till 2017. Fine. It's upon us now.