It’s that time of year again!
The air is still buzzing as today brought with it the highly anticipated 2020 Grammy nominations unveiled, per usual, via a special announcement weeks before the actual showing. But, what also comes with the ‘per usual’ are the jaw-dropping surprises, snubs, and all out “shut-outs” that accompany the nods’ list.
Look inside for That Grape Juice‘s picks for the 2020 Grammy nominations’ biggest snubs and surprises:
Surprise: Despite no LP during qualifying period, Beyoncé receives four nominations for her work on live album, ‘Homecoming,’ and soundtrack album, ‘The Gift.’ The 2020 nods bring her career total to 70, making her only 11 shy of becoming the most nominated artist ever.
Snub: Grammys say “no no” to Mariah Carey‘s ‘Caution’ – one of her most critically acclaimed sets ever – with a completely shut out.
Surprise: Ariana Grande nominated in top categories for what many consider her worst album to date.
Snub: Sam Smith omitted completely despite scoring two of the year’s most celebrated Pop hits – ‘How Do You Sleep?’ and ‘Dancing with a Stranger‘ (featuring Normani).
Surprise: Brandy – unceremoniously ignored by the Recording Academy for most of her storied career – nabs two nods for her ‘Love Again’ duet with Daniel Caesar
Snub: India.Arie deemed unworthy of mention in multiple categories for ‘Worthy,’ her first LP since 2013’s ‘Songversation.’ Featuring the top R&B hits ‘That Magic’ and ‘Steady Love,’ she was at least able to score a Best Traditional R&B mention.
Similarly, Chris Brown only earned one nomination as well (Best R&B Song).
Surprise: Lil Nas X exed from Country categories but still nabbed six nods in total for an EP (including ‘Album of the Year’).
Snub: Megan Thee Stallion, the creator of ‘Hot Girl Summer,’ left out in the cold by Grammy committee.
Surprise: Nipsey Hussle nabs three posthumous nods in Rap categories
Snub: Cardi B only nominated once (as a feature on husband Offset‘s hit ‘Clout’). Singles ‘Money’ and ‘Press’ – despite their critically acclaimed music videos – go unrecognized.
Surprise: H.E.R. nominated for record, album, and song of the year.
Snub: Taylor Swift – a Grammy darling – passed over for Album of the Year (but did score a song of the year nod).