It’s that time of year again!
Indeed, tonight saw the 2014 Grammy nominations unveiled as per usual of its nomination concert special weeks before the actual showing. But, what comes with the ‘per usual’ showing are the jaw-dropping surprises, snubs, and all out “shut-outs” that accompany the annual spectacle.
Always a heated debate-starter, the coveted tally saw the likes of Christina Aguilera, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, India.Arie, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga all go without mention.
For Bieber – whose manager made headlines for his rant regarding his 2013 Grammy shutout – this would be a second-go-round despite consistently clocking some of the year’s biggest hits.
Tuck in below for a list of other surprises and snubs:
1. Surprise: Tamar Braxton Lands Multiple Nominations For ‘Love & War’
Snub: K. Michelle Gets None
2. Surprise: Justin Timberlake, Despite Racking Up 7 nods, Gets Shut Out of “Big 4”
Snub: Christina Aguilera Gets None For ‘Lotus’ Which Missed 2012’s cut off
3. Surprise: Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ Gets “Song of the Year” Nod
Snub: Lady Gaga, whose ‘Applause’ was released on the same week, gets none
4. Surprise: Jay Z Leads Nominations with nine, newcomer Kendrick Lamar landing 7
Snub: J. Cole Excluded From All Major Rap Categories
5. Surprise: Newcomer Lorde gets four nominations
Snub: Lorde is not nominated for “Best New Artist” nor is Ariana Grande
6. Surprise: Pharrell Lands 7 nominations
Snub: R&B leading ladies Keyshia Cole, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, and Ciara shut out of nominations
The biggest snub came in the form of the year’s top hitmakers Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga all being shut out. While, surprisingly, Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ was also nowhere to be found.
What were some of your biggest surprises? See the full list here.