An array of notable artists gathered last Friday in Los Angeles for the announcement of the 56th Annual Grammy Award nominees. While nominations like Sara Bareilles’ “Album of the Year” slot came as a surprise, the snubs of the year were equally surprising. Here are our picks for the five biggest snubs of the 2014 Grammy nominations.
And The Winner Is… None of These Artists?!
5. J. Cole for “Best Rap Album”
J. Cole may have secured a nomination for “Best Rap Collaboration” with his hit “Power Trip” featuring Miguel, but that wasn’t enough to ensure the singles host album, Born Sinner, a “Best Rap Album” nomination. Despite the shut-out, J. Cole shows no signs of slowing down and will be wrapping up his “What Dreams May Come” tour in February 2014.
4. Arctic Monkeys for “Best Alternative Album”
Arctic Monkeys have not been nominated for a Grammy since their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. So when the band returned with their fifth album (AM) stronger than ever with a debut at #1 and #6 on the U.K. and U.S. album charts, respectively, they seemed destined to nab another “Best Alternative Album” nomination. The album is possibly the bands best to date, with layers of emphatic bass lines, searing guitar riffs and high-falsetto background vocals; it’s a shame the record was not recognized.
3. Miley Cyrus for “Best Pop Solo Performance”
Miley Cyrus made waves in 2013 with her new persona and latest effort, Bangerz. The album was not released before the Grammy’s Sept. 30 deadline, making it ineligible for a “Best Pop Album” nomination, however, “We Can’t Stop,” has undeniably been a pop-smash, making its exclusion from the “Best Pop Solo Performance” category a shock. The video, alongside Cyrus’ liquidly smooth vocals and infectious beat, propelled a frenzy of media coverage, making it one of the year’s biggest hits and the third most watched video of the year.
2. Kanye West for “Album of the Year”
Kanye West ranks among the most headline-stealing artists of the year, from his run-ins with the paparazzi, to his highly-publicized relationship and bold statements. It seems that West’s likeability ranges on extreme ends of the spectrum – you either love him or you hate him – but no matter where you fall, it’s hard to ignore that Kanye has produced yet another masterfully skilled album. Yeezus has topped many “year-end lists” for 2013, but missed a nomination for “Album of the Year,” a snub that caused outrage to many, including of course, Kanye himself.
1. Lorde for “Best New Artist”
This New Zealand newcomer has taken the music world by storm, seemingly overnight. Lorde’s smash hit “Royals” dominates radio airwaves and her debut album Pure Heroine is joining the ranks among some of the best in the industry, making her lack of a “Best New Artist” nomination confusing. Though the Grammy rules for this category are confusing, they read as follows: “The artist must have released, as a featured performing artist, at least one album but not more than three; and the artist must not have been entered for Best New Artist more than three times.” Pretty straightforward, right? This explains the inclusion of James Blake (we guess), but Lorde’s nomination seemed like an absolute no-brainer.
Article by Raefa Alsalah