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Album of the Year 2021

November 19, 2021

2021 has been an exciting jumpstart in the world of music. With first time musicians like Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X or albums from tried and true artists like Drake and Bruno Mars, this year in music has been the release music fanatics needed after a lackluster 2020.

In celebration of these projects, The State Hornet has compiled a list of 32 albums and put them in a bracket for our audience to vote on what they think is the 2021 Album of the Year.

Whether you like screaming and crying to breakup songs with Taylor Swift or learning to come to terms with an end of a life chapter with Kacey Musgraves, there’s a little bit of something for all music lovers.

Below is our list of some of the best albums of 2021, how you can follow along and where to vote for your favorites.

The Bracket

The Schedule

Second Round Matchups

Tuesday, December 7

1. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo vs Chemtrails over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey
2. The Off Season by J Cole vs Donda by Kanye West
3. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish vs Planet Her by Doja Cat
4.An Evening with Silk Sonic by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak vs Montero by Lil Nas X

Wednesday, December 8

1. The Battle at Gardens Gate by Greta Van Fleet vs Delta Kream by The Black Keys
2. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast vs Medicine at Midnight by The Foo Fighters
3. Punk by Young Thug vs The Melodic Blue by Baby Keem
4. Butterfly 3000 by King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizardvs OK Orchestra by AJR

SECOND ROUND RESULTS: Thursday, December 9

Online voting

On mobile or being asked to sign in? You can also vote at this link.


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Magaly Muñoz, managing editor
Magaly Muñoz joined The State Hornet as an opinion writer in fall 2019 and went on to run the opinion section as editor for the 2020-2021 school year. Magaly is the fall 2021 managing editor and will graduate with her bachelors degree in journalism in spring 2022. After graduation, she hopes to delve into magazine writing or publishing.







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Kaylin Flatland, audience engagement editor
Kaylin Flatland is the audience engagement editor for The State Hornet. She is a senior who has previously worked as a digital assistant for iHeartMedia. Kaylin has experience as a staff writer for the Sac City Express and The Connection at Cosumnes River College.

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