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The Grammy Awards may be the defining authority on the year in music, but we’re all for admiring the more visually alluring aspects of it: the cover art. Presenting, in no particular order, the 12 Grammy-nominated album covers that inspired us this year. 

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Blonde, Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean’s Blonde was one musically emotional journey, accurately articulated by the equally moving cover art. 

A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead

This monochromatic display boasts a moving rhythm best exhibited through its visually textured composition. 

In My Mind, BJ The Chicago Kid

A muted palette accented by subtle pops of a prism effect completes this enamoring cover. 

Major Key, DJ Khaled

It’s all coming up roses! DJ Khaled’s relentlessly positive vibes shine through, illustrated by two of the star’s favorite things – his prized garden and spirit animal. 

The Life of Pablo, Kanye West

Pablo merch-inspired, West’s latest album cover emulates the 90s-meets-Polaroid aesthetic we’re seriously coveting.

Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper

Chance is taking the hip hop world by storm, meanwhile we’re captivated by his effortless passion and the warm color scheme of his cover art.

Hero, Maren Morris

Red is having a major moment and Maren Morris’s ethereal cover art takes the shade to new heights. 

Malibu, Anderson Paak

Paak’s collage-esque cover has us poring over every minute detail. 

Seat at the Table, Solange

Fierce is about the best word to describe Solange’s latest musical venture and her portrait, equivalently just the same.  

Formation, Beyonce

Need we say more? Bey’s visual representation of Formation is about as powerful as they come. 

Joanne, Lady Gaga

Gaga’s latest album cover may err on the more relatively subtle side of the spectrum, but there’s no denying the compelling nature of the art. 

Skin, Flume

Stunning color scheme aside, the two-tone floral motif of Flume’s cover art is both moving and captivating.