Award ceremonies are pointless. They’re so predictable that there are millions of results on Google for “how to win Oscar pools.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean the winners are all undeserving of praise. So I’m going to review every album that was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy Award, and I’m going to determine whether the winners deserved the award over its competitors. Just to be clear, I’m not going to rant about what albums weren’t nominated that should have been. You won’t see me complaining that, for example, the 60th Grammy Awards Ceremony should have given a nomination to After Laughter by Paramore, especially not when that year had plenty of other things to complain about. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin, shall we?