In celebration of the New Year, we are launching our first-ever PopCrush Music Awards. Starting this week, we will give fans the options to vote on their favorites in categories such as Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Best Magazine Cover of 2011. This time around, pop music lovers will get the chance to vote for Album of the Year.

Although the five albums we chose as nominees in this category were definitely huge this past year, we had a hard time narrowing it down since so many great records have been released in 2011. Lady Gaga comes in on our list for 'Born This Way,' but she'll have some tough competition from Lil Wayne and 'Tha Carter IV.' Adele's '21' also snagged a nomination, as did her fellow pop diva Britney Spears and her seventh studio album 'Femme Fatale.' Of course, Jay-Z and Kanye West also make an appearance for their collaborative 'Watch the Throne' LP.

Which album took over your headphones in 2011? Vote below! PopCrush will announce all of the winners after the poll closes on Jan. 1, 2012 at 11:59PM ET. Good luck to the contenders!