It’s that time of year again!
Indeed, the air is still buzzing as yesterday brought with it the highly anticipated 2016 Grammy nominations unveiled, per usual, via an announcement special weeks before the actual showing. But, what also comes with the ‘per usual’ announcement 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 Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Rihanna, Madonna, and more all go without mention.
For Bieber, whose manager made headlines for his rant regarding his 2013 Grammy shutout, his long-awaited nod came this year as, otherwise, it would’ve been a fourth-go-round despite consistently clocking some of the year’s biggest hits. Like the ‘What Do You Mean’ maestro, Scott has been very vocal about shut-outs in the past. And, while Omarion‘s rant is the main protest making headlines, we’re sure many more are to come.
In the meantime, tuck in below for our list of other surprises and snubs:
Surprises: Kendrick Lamar Leads Nominees
With his 3rd studio album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ beau Kendrick Lamar soars to the forefront of 2016 nominees with a whopping 11 nods (including mention in top categories ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ and more).
Snubs: Big Sean Shut Out, J. Cole limited to rap categories
J. Cole may have earned critical acclaim aplenty with his latest project ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive,’ but apparently the Grammy committee thought rap honors would be enough.
Surprises: D’angelo, Jazmine Sullivan, & Miguel Wave Flag For R&B
The biggest surprise is arguably seeing D’angelo‘s name amongst nominees in the ‘Record of the Year’ arena. With a lauded comeback that’s scored major thumbs up from critics, the soulful crooner finds himself accompanying some of the year’s biggest hits (while not able to claim the same) in the coveted category.
Elsewhere, Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel – whose projects also courted much critical fanfare despite not matching such on the commercial front – also landed 3 nods respectively. We must even shout out our girl Tamar Braxton for landing a nod for her soaring R&B ballad ‘If I Don’t Have You.’
Snub: Janet Jackson, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, and Jill Scott Slept On
While Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, and co. have much cause to celebrate, their more seasoned counterparts – Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Jill Scott – aren’t singing similar tunes. Lending some of their most critically acclaimed work in years, soul queens Blige and Scott got no love for their respective ‘London Sessions’ and ‘Woman’ albums. The committee also slept on Jackson’s ‘No Sleep.‘
Elsewhere, Jackson’s oft-touted ‘musical daughter,’ Ciara, saw her 2015 dealings greeted with a similar fate as her tune ‘I Bet’ was nowhere to be found on the final nominations tally.
Surprises: Tori Kelly nominated for Best New Artist
Youtube beauty-turned-industry force to be reckoned with Tori Kelly makes her presence known right out the gate with a much-deserved nod in the ‘Best New Artist’ category.
Snub: No urban act in ‘Best New Artist’ category
Fetty Wap may have lent 2015 three of its biggest hits (and landed in history books as a result), but the achievement was none-too-impressive to the Grammy committee as they omitted the rap newcomer. Elsewhere, ‘Jealous’ duet partners Nick Jonas and Tinashe have new reason to live up to the title of their hit tune as both were overlooked in the category even though they gave 2014 & 2015 a number of memorable bops.
Surprising Shut Outs: Justin Bieber, Lana Del Rey, Omarion, Rihanna, Madonna, Tina Campbell
It’s official: the Grammy’s hate Justin Bieber as he, for the fourth time, gets a shut out from the nominations in any major category. Yes, we’ll be the first to admit his offerings are not exactly the most qualitative, but what we’ll also admit is that they’re right on par with many-a-release lent by country pop princess Taylor Swift (a Grammy darling). How and why the Canadian crooner keeps getting the cold shoulder, we’ll never know. But, he at least has a ‘Best Dance Recording’ nom to celebrate.
Omarion, whose comeback hit ‘Post To Be’ saw itself posted in the top 20 of the Hot 100 for most of its tenure on the chart, was nowhere to be found in any applicable category (read his response to the news here). Elsewhere, ‘High by the Beach’ beauty Lana Del Rey was highly disregarded by the Grammy committee as she and her emo-trap-pop offerings and she was absent from the list of top contenders.
Lastly, on the gospel front, while sisters Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark Cole (of the legendary Clark Sisters) are set to go head to head as they both landed nods for their respective 2015 releases, two of gospel’s other favorite sisters – Mary Mary – can’t boast the same. For, while older sister Erica Campbell swept the 2015 Stellar and Grammy awards for her debut solo project ‘Help,’ the Grammys won’t be helping Tina Campbell to similar success as her solo project – ‘It’s Personal’ – got no love from academy.
P.S. Why no love for Rihanna’s ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’ in the ‘Best Music Video’ category? It was clearly one of this year’s better visuals.