Grammy Nomations: Surprises and Snubs
It’s that time of the year again when people get mad about the Grammy nominations, and this year is no different. The nominations for Grammys 2021 were revealed last week, and it caused quite a controversy with many snubs and surprises.
Although “The New Abnormal” was nominated for “Best Rock Album,” The Strokes deserved more. Through excellent production from Rick Ruben, every single song was packed with raw-emotion, beauty and the singles that are ever so catchy.
“The Adults are Talking,” or “Bad Decisions” deserved at least a nomination for Best Rock Song or Performance. - Caelan Chevrier
Taylor Swift is back! The singer received six nominations this year with her surprise album release “Folklore.”
Swift’s emotional duet with Bon Iver, “Exile” is also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, even though it wasn’t an official single from the album.
It’s been five years since Swift was last nominated for Album of The Year, and it is great to see that “Folklore” hasn't been snubbed like Swift’s last two albums. - Jimmy Lu
Harry Styles has been consistently delivering great music, and his album “Fine Line” just got added to Rolling Stones’ list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” However, the album was shut out of the Album of The Year category despite being one of the strongest male pop star releases this year. - Jimmy Lu
Mac Miller and Juice WRLD both have the biggest rap releases this year with “Circles” and “Legends Never Die,” and yet both were not seen anywhere in the rap categories. - Jimmy Lu
Despite having many mixed and negative reviews, and putting out one of the weakest pop albums of the year, Justin Bieber still landed three nominations for “Yummy,” “Intentions (feat. Quavo)” and “Changes.” Singers like Selena Gomez could easily replace Bieber with her album “Rare” and her critically acclaimed single, “Lose You To Love Me.” - Jimmy Lu
One of the biggest and most shocking snubs in Grammys history goes to The Weeknd, receiving no nominations at all despite releasing one of the year's most critically and commercially successful albums, “After Hours.” The singer, along with Halsey, have since made posts on social media accusing Grammys of being “corrupt.” - Jimmy Lu
Post Malone snagged three Grammy nominations this year, two for his single “Circles” and one for “Hollywood’s Bleeding” for Album of The Year. For a mediocre record at best, it comes as a surprise that his 2020 studio release wasn’t nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album or Best Rap Album instead. - Caelan Chevrier
Halsey was completely shut out of the nominations like the Weeknd. Her studio album “Manic,” easily one of the year's best releases, deserves at least several nominations — much like last year when “Without Me” received no nominations while being one of the biggest songs in 2018. - Jimmy Lu
British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama has made quite a noise this year with her debut album “Sawayama.” The album received universal acclaim from critics and it ended up on several publications lists of best albums of 2020. “Sawayama” is a genre-bending album that deserves to compete in the big four categories or at least a nom for Best New Artist. - Jimmy Lu
BTS finally got their first nomination for the song “Dynamite” after years of dominating the streaming services and being one of — if not the biggest — bands on the planet right now. - Jimmy Lu
The critically acclaimed double-album “Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi Vert received no love from the Recording Academy either. Despite releasing some of the year's most entertaining singles and versatile projects as a whole, the rapper was once again shut out. With a record expecting to age phenomenally, this was truly a miss. - Caelan Chevrier
Although Coldplay’s eighth studio album “Everyday Life” was hailed as one their greatest albums, it is certainly unexpected to see it being nominated as Album of The Year when there are many other artists who made a bigger impact in 2020. - Jimmy Lu
Super duo Killer Mike and El-P from Run the Jewels received no nominations for “RTJ4.” With a record touching on so many important topics such as police brutality and corruption in politics, it comes to a complete surprise that nothing from the record, not even their stellar singles, were nominated for anything. - Caelan Chevrier
Jimmy (Chien-Hsing) Lu is a senior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email email@example.com
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Jimmy (Chien-Hsing) Lu
Senior / Telecommunications
Second Year / Journalism