This Year’s Grammy Snubs Included Ed Sheeran, But Not Drake

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This year’s Grammy nominees have been announced, and Jay-Z has more than anyone with eight.  Kendrick Lamar is next with seven, followed by Bruno Mars with six, and Childish Gambino, Khalid, producer No I.D., and SZA, all with five apiece.

While Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, and Childish Gambino were showered with Grammy nominations, but not everyone got the love some expected them to get.

Ed Sheeran was one of the bigger snubs.  He was supposed to be a big player in the major categories, but his album “Divide” and song “Shape of You” had to settle for two nominations in the pop categories.

Lady Gaga also didn’t get anything outside the pop categories.

Some people also thought Metallica had a shot to crash the Album of the Year category, but they only got a single nod for Best Rock Song.

For the first time in three years, country music was shut out in the top categories, leaving out albums like Miranda Lambert’s”The Weight of These Wings.”

As for surprises, Bernie Sanders was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In”.  He’s up against Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Fisher, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and songwriter Shelly Peiken.

Vulture.com has some other interesting notes about the nominations, and there are more ‘snubs,’ here and here.

There won’t be an #OscarsSoWhite-like controversy at the Grammys, because for the second straight year, the five most-nominated artists are black.

Also for the FIRST time in Grammy history, no white men are nominated for Album of the Year.  Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and Lorde are up for the award.

There also weren’t any white men nominated in 1999, when the category was packed with only women…Lauryn Hill, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, and Garbage.  However, while Garbage is fronted by Shirley Manson, the band also features three white guys.

There’s an 80% chance that a black artist WINS Album of the Year, something that’s only happened 10 times in Grammy history. However, if Lorde wins, it wouldn’t be surprising, considering the last five winners…

…Adele over Beyoncé in 2017

…Taylor Swift over Kendrick Lamar in 2016

…Beck over Beyoncé in 2015

…Daft Punk over Kendrick Lamar in 2014

…and Mumford and Sons over Frank Ocean in 2013.

In 2012, Adele’s “21” won over Bruno Mars and Rihanna, but that’s such a no-brainer because that album out-sold EVERYTHING.

Naturally, there’s a lot of talk about race, but perhaps more interestingly, the genres of rock and pop are taking a backseat to rap and R&B in the top categories.

Only three times in history have TWO rap albums been up for Album of the Year.

This year, Childish Gambino’s surprise nomination, alongside Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, and Kendrick Lamar means that there are FOUR urban, R&B, or hip-hop Album of the Year nominees for the first time ever.

By the way, you can look for the nominees to get whiter next year when Taylor Swift returns.  This year’s awards include albums released from October of LAST year, up through September of this year.

So that means the latest albums by Lady Gaga, Metallica, and The Weeknd all qualified, even though they came out at the end of last year, while Taylor, and others like Pink, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith will have to wait until next year.

CBS will air “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” live on January 28th.

 

THE NOMINEES

Some of the notable nominees are below, or you can sort through ALL 84 categories at Grammy.com.

 

Album of the Year:

“Awaken, My Love!”,  Childish Gambino

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Damn”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Melodrama”,  Lorde

“24K Magic”,  Bruno Mars

 

Record of the Year:

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.”,  Jay-Z

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic”,  Bruno Mars

 

Song of the Year:

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Issues”,  Julia Michaels

“1-800-273-8255”,  Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

 

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

 

Best Pop Vocal Album:

“Kaleidoscope EP”,  Coldplay

“Lust for Life”,  Lana Del Rey

“Evolve”,  Imagine Dragons

“Rainbow”,  Kesha

“Joanne”,  Lady Gaga

“Divide”,  Ed Sheeran

 

 

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Love So Soft”,  Kelly Clarkson

“Praying”,  Kesha

“Million Reasons”,  Lady Gaga

“What About Us”,  Pink

“Shape of You”,  Ed Sheeran

 

 

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:

“Something Just Like This”,  The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“Thunder”,  Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still”,  Portugal. The Man

“Stay”,  Zedd and Alessia Cara

 

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

“Nobody But Me”,  Michael Bublé

“Triplicate”,  Bob Dylan

“In Full Swing”,  Seth MacFarlane

“Wonderland”,  Sarah McLachlan

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90”,  Various Artists

 

 

Best Rock Album:

“Emperor of Sand”,  Mastodon

“Hardwired . . . to Self-Destruct”,  Metallica

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”,  Nothing More

“Villains”,  Queens of the Stone Age

“A Deeper Understanding”,  The War on Drugs

 

Best Rock Song:

“Atlas, Rise!”,  Metallica

“Blood in the Cut”,  K.Flay

“Go to War”,  Nothing More

“Run”,  Foo Fighters

“The Stage”,  Avenged Sevenfold

 

 

Best Alternative Music Album:

“Everything Now”,  Arcade Fire

“Humanz”,  Gorillaz

“American Dream”,  LCD Soundsystem

“Pure Comedy”,  Father John Misty

“Sleep Well Beast”,  The National

 

 

Best Metal Performance:

“Invisible Enemy”,  August Burns Red

“Black Hoodie”,  Body Count

“Forever”,  Code Orange

“Sultan’s Curse”,  Mastodon

“Clockwise”,  Meshuggah

 

Best R&B Album:

“Freudian”, Daniel Caesar

“Let Love Rule”, Ledisi

“24K Magic”, Bruno Mars

“Gumbo”, PJ Morton

“Feel the Real”, Musiq Soulchild

 

 

Best R&B Song:

“First Began”,  PJ Morton

“Location”,  Khalid

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“Supermodel”,  SZA

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

 

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

“Free 6LACK”,  6LACK

“Awaken, My Love!”,  Childish Gambino

“American Teen”,  Khalid

“Ctrl”,  SZA

“Starboy”,  The Weeknd

 

 

Best R&B Performance:

“Get You”,  Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

“Distraction”,  Kehlani

“High”,  Ledisi

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

“The Weekend”,  SZA

 

 

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:

“Laugh and Move On”,  The Baylor Project

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“What I’m Feelin'”,  Anthony Hamilton featuring The Hamiltones

“All the Way”,  Ledisi

“Still”,  Mali Music

 

Best Rap Album:

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Damn”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Culture”,  Migos

“Laila’s Wisdom”,  Rapsody

“Flower Boy”,  Tyler, the Creator

 

 

Best Rap Song:

“Bodak Yellow”,  Cardi B

“Chase Me”,  Danger Mouse featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Sassy”,  Rapsody

“The Story of O.J.”,  Jay-Z

 

 

Best Rap Performance:

“Bounce Back”,  Big Sean

“Bodak Yellow”,  Cardi B

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Bad and Boujee”,  Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

 

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“PRBLMS”,  6LACK

“Crew”,  Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy

“Family Feud”,  Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé

“Loyalty”,  Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

 

Best Country Album:

“Cosmic Hallelujah”,  Kenny Chesney

“Heart Break”,  Lady Antebellum

“The Breaker”,  Little Big Town

“Life Changes”,  Thomas Rhett

“From a Room: Volume 1”,  Chris Stapleton

 

 

Best Country Song:

“Better Man”,  Little Big Town

“Body Like a Back Road”,  Sam Hunt

“Broken Halos”,  Chris Stapleton

“Drinkin’ Problem”,  Midland

“Tin Man”,  Miranda Lambert

 

 

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Body Like a Back Road”,  Sam Hunt

“Losing You”,  Alison Krauss

“Tin Man”,  Miranda Lambert

“I Could Use a Love Song”,  Maren Morris

“Either Way”,  Chris Stapleton

 

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:

“It Ain’t My Fault”,  Brothers Osborne

“My Old Man”,  Zac Brown Band

“You Look Good”,  Lady Antebellum

“Better Man”,  Little Big Town

“Drinkin’ Problem”,  Midland

 

 

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awards include albums released from October of LAST year, up through September of this year.

So that means the latest albums by Lady Gaga, Metallica, and The Weeknd all qualified, even though they came out at the end of last year, while Taylor, and others like Pink, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith will have to wait until next year.

CBS will air “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” live on January 28th.

 

THE NOMINEES

Some of the notable nominees are below, or you can sort through ALL 84 categories at Grammy.com.

 

Album of the Year:

“Awaken, My Love!”,  Childish Gambino

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Damn”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Melodrama”,  Lorde

“24K Magic”,  Bruno Mars

 

Record of the Year:

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.”,  Jay-Z

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic”,  Bruno Mars

 

Song of the Year:

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Issues”,  Julia Michaels

“1-800-273-8255”,  Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

 

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara

Khalid

Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels

SZA

 

Best Pop Vocal Album:

“Kaleidoscope EP”,  Coldplay

“Lust for Life”,  Lana Del Rey

“Evolve”,  Imagine Dragons

“Rainbow”,  Kesha

“Joanne”,  Lady Gaga

“Divide”,  Ed Sheeran

 

 

Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Love So Soft”,  Kelly Clarkson

“Praying”,  Kesha

“Million Reasons”,  Lady Gaga

“What About Us”,  Pink

“Shape of You”,  Ed Sheeran

 

 

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:

“Something Just Like This”,  The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

“Despacito”,  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

“Thunder”,  Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still”,  Portugal. The Man

“Stay”,  Zedd and Alessia Cara

 

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:

“Nobody But Me”,  Michael Bublé

“Triplicate”,  Bob Dylan

“In Full Swing”,  Seth MacFarlane

“Wonderland”,  Sarah McLachlan

“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90”,  Various Artists

 

 

Best Rock Album:

“Emperor of Sand”,  Mastodon

“Hardwired . . . to Self-Destruct”,  Metallica

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”,  Nothing More

“Villains”,  Queens of the Stone Age

“A Deeper Understanding”,  The War on Drugs

 

Best Rock Song:

“Atlas, Rise!”,  Metallica

“Blood in the Cut”,  K.Flay

“Go to War”,  Nothing More

“Run”,  Foo Fighters

“The Stage”,  Avenged Sevenfold

 

 

Best Alternative Music Album:

“Everything Now”,  Arcade Fire

“Humanz”,  Gorillaz

“American Dream”,  LCD Soundsystem

“Pure Comedy”,  Father John Misty

“Sleep Well Beast”,  The National

 

 

Best Metal Performance:

“Invisible Enemy”,  August Burns Red

“Black Hoodie”,  Body Count

“Forever”,  Code Orange

“Sultan’s Curse”,  Mastodon

“Clockwise”,  Meshuggah

 

Best R&B Album:

“Freudian”, Daniel Caesar

“Let Love Rule”, Ledisi

“24K Magic”, Bruno Mars

“Gumbo”, PJ Morton

“Feel the Real”, Musiq Soulchild

 

 

Best R&B Song:

“First Began”,  PJ Morton

“Location”,  Khalid

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“Supermodel”,  SZA

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

 

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

“Free 6LACK”,  6LACK

“Awaken, My Love!”,  Childish Gambino

“American Teen”,  Khalid

“Ctrl”,  SZA

“Starboy”,  The Weeknd

 

 

Best R&B Performance:

“Get You”,  Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis

“Distraction”,  Kehlani

“High”,  Ledisi

“That’s What I Like”,  Bruno Mars

“The Weekend”,  SZA

 

 

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:

“Laugh and Move On”,  The Baylor Project

“Redbone”,  Childish Gambino

“What I’m Feelin'”,  Anthony Hamilton featuring The Hamiltones

“All the Way”,  Ledisi

“Still”,  Mali Music

 

Best Rap Album:

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Damn”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Culture”,  Migos

“Laila’s Wisdom”,  Rapsody

“Flower Boy”,  Tyler, the Creator

 

 

Best Rap Song:

“Bodak Yellow”,  Cardi B

“Chase Me”,  Danger Mouse featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Sassy”,  Rapsody

“The Story of O.J.”,  Jay-Z

 

 

Best Rap Performance:

“Bounce Back”,  Big Sean

“Bodak Yellow”,  Cardi B

“4:44”,  Jay-Z

“Humble”,  Kendrick Lamar

“Bad and Boujee”,  Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

 

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

“PRBLMS”,  6LACK

“Crew”,  Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy

“Family Feud”,  Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé

“Loyalty”,  Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

 

Best Country Album:

“Cosmic Hallelujah”,  Kenny Chesney

“Heart Break”,  Lady Antebellum

“The Breaker”,  Little Big Town

“Life Changes”,  Thomas Rhett

“From a Room: Volume 1”,  Chris Stapleton

 

 

Best Country Song:

“Better Man”,  Little Big Town

“Body Like a Back Road”,  Sam Hunt

“Broken Halos”,  Chris Stapleton

“Drinkin’ Problem”,  Midland

“Tin Man”,  Miranda Lambert

 

 

Best Country Solo Performance:

“Body Like a Back Road”,  Sam Hunt

“Losing You”,  Alison Krauss

“Tin Man”,  Miranda Lambert

“I Could Use a Love Song”,  Maren Morris

“Either Way”,  Chris Stapleton

 

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:

“It Ain’t My Fault”,  Brothers Osborne

“My Old Man”,  Zac Brown Band

“You Look Good”,  Lady Antebellum

“Better Man”,  Little Big Town

“Drinkin’ Problem”,  Midland

 

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