The Grammy for Album of the Year just went to Taylor Swift’s Fearless. That doesn’t quite count as a shocking upset, given how popular Swift is in the music biz (and the real world), but it’s still not the result that everyone foresaw. For instance, in light of the Recording Academy’s typical preference for established rock acts, I predicted that the big trophy would go to Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Wrong!

And you know what? I say Swift deserved this one. Beyoncé’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, Lady Gaga’s The Fame, and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. were all perfectly fine collections, too, each one of them packed with several undeniable hit singles. I wouldn’t have been mad to see any of them, or DMB, win. All the same, Fearless just worked better as a well-sequenced set of songs. There’s a reason it was the biggest-selling album of 2009.

What do you say? Did Taylor Swift deserve Album of the Year, or did one of the other nominees get robbed? Sound off in the comments section.

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