The largest Grammy snubs and surprises of the 2021 nominee listing
Grammy was completely “Heartless” to the Weeknd.
When the nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards had been introduced in a reside stream occasion on Tuesday afternoon, the three-time Grammy winner was fully dissed for his album “After Hours” — even though the LP featured not one, however two, No. 1 hits in “Heartless” after which “Blinding Lights.”
Nor was there a lot “Sugar” on the highest of Harry Types’ nice 12 months. The previous One Route heartthrob did not get any nominations within the main classes regardless of notching his first No. 1 solo single with “Watermelon Sugar,” one other Prime 10 hit with “Adore You” and a chart-topping album with “Wonderful Line.”
Types and the Weeknd weren’t the one main pop stars to surprisingly be shut out of the Large 4 classes (Album, File and Tune of the Yr and Finest New Artist). Justin Bieber additionally got here up empty within the primo fields, regardless of a giant comeback 12 months that began together with his album “Modifications” and included hits comparable to “Yummy,” “Intentions” and “Caught With U” (with Ariana Grande) amid what felt like a steady quantity of output via the 12 months.
And regardless of making a fan-friendly return to the dance ground with “Chromatica,” Girl Gaga ended up within the shallow within the prime classes, too. As a substitute, in a twist that can piss off Little Monsters in every single place, Dua Lipa — who coated related disco-diva territory in her “Future Nostalgia” LP — twirled away with an Album of the Yr nod plus File and Tune of the Yr nominations for her hit “Don’t Begin Now.”
However a minimum of Types, Bieber and Gaga can take comfort within the truth they nonetheless bought some lesser love from the Grammys. Between them, they picked up seven pop nominations, whereas Bieber and Types additionally scored nods for Finest Nation Duo/Group Efficiency (“10,000 Hours”) and Finest Music Video (“Adore You”), respectively.
Different superstars fared higher, together with Beyoncé, who leads with 9 nominations. However as a lot as it may be a shock for somebody who already has a whopping 24 Grammys to go the pack of contenders this 12 months, it kinda feels that method.
Whereas Beyoncé’s File of the Yr nomination for her “Savage (Remix)” collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion was to be anticipated, her File and Tune of the Yr recognition for her single “Black Parade” — not successful by any Bey normal — is considerably of a shocker.
“Black Parade,” although, was a press release report from Queen B within the midst of the Black Lives Matter second. And, featured in “Black Is King,” the music’s exhibiting demonstrates the cultural impression that her visible album had.
One other huge act that shocked within the prime classes is Coldplay, nominated for Album of the Yr for “On a regular basis Life.” Though it was an formidable and eclectic work — ostensibly a double album — from Chris Martin’s crew, it just about got here and went for a band of Coldplay’s stature. And it’s uncommon for an LP to get only one single nomination — and have or not it’s for Album of the Yr.
Extra “typical” surprises had been the nominations for alt-R&B artist Jhené Aiko and neo-soul duo Black Pumas within the Large 4 classes: Aiko’s “Chilombo” is up for Album of the Yr, the place she’ll face off in opposition to Black Pumas for his or her deluxe self-titled set, whereas the twosome can be nominated for File of the Yr for “Colours.”
However the largest shock of all needs to be the Album of the Yr nomination for Jacob Collier. Who the hell is he? Properly, he’s a 26-year-old jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from London who nobody noticed coming together with his LP “Djesse Vol. 3.”
Extra predictable had been Taylor Swift’s six nominations for her shock “Folklore” LP, together with Album and Tune of the Yr. She’s tied for the second most nods with Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch.
Additionally noteworthy was BTS making the reduce within the Finest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency class for the group’s English-only hit “Dynamite,” giving them historic honors as the primary Ok-pop act ever to get a Grammy nomination.
In the meantime, rapper of the second Megan Thee Stallion leads the race for Finest New Artist — amongst her 4 nominations — nevertheless it’s a shock that “WAP,” her summer time smash with Cardi B, didn’t get something.
It actually would have been a killer second to have MTS carry out each “Savage (Remix)” with Beyoncé and “WAP” with Cardi when the Grammys — hosted by Trevor Noah — happen on Jan. 31. However then once more, which may have been an excessive amount of hotness to deal with.
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