Weigh In: 2021 GRAMMY Nominations Snubs & Surprises

Published: Tuesday 24th Nov 2020 by Rashad

The air is still buzzing as Tuesday (November 24) brought with it the highly anticipated 2021 GRAMMY nominations.

Honoring the year’s best and brightest in the music realm on January 31, 2021, the coveted tally expectedly listed the likes of chart-toppers Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat as competitors for the ceremony’s top honors.

But, while jaws dropped to see Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Jhene Aiko, and more also mentioned alongside those hitmakers, some fan groups are steam pressed their favorites were placed in interesting categories or totally shut out.

Look inside to see who made That Grape Juice‘s list of ‘2021 GRAMMY Snubs and Surprises.’

Surprise:  Beyonce’s ‘Black Parade’ Up for Song of the Year and Record of the Year

Queen Bey leads all nominees with a whopping 9 mentions across the nominations tally from standalone singles and features.  Chief among her listings is ‘Black Parade’ in Song and Record of the Year categories.

Snub:  The Weeknd Shut Out Completely

Born Abel Tesfaye, megastar The Weeknd’s 2020 ‘After Hours’ album may house one of the biggest hits of all-time, ‘Blinding Lights,’ but glaring was his absence from the 2021 GRAMMY list of nods.

Surprise: Only Two of the Best New Artist Nominees are Actually “New”

Over the years, the Recording Academy has updated its rules for ‘Best New Artist’ (often to confusing measure).  The most recent update defines the process as “any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer.”

As such, even though 6 of the 8 acts nominated in the 2021 ‘Best New Artist’ category have releases and Billboard chartings that predate the eligibility period (only CHIKA and Ingrid Andress are technically “new” in the traditional sense), they were still mentioned.

Snub:  Clark Sisters Shut Out Completely

The legendary Gospel quartet may have won acclaim from critics and fans alike for their top-rated Lifetime biopic and long-awaited reunion album, ‘The Return,’ but – thanks to the Recording Academy – the era won’t see them win any Golden grammophones.

Surprise: Jhene Aiko’s ‘Chilombo’ grabs ‘Album of the Year’ nod

2020 has shown Aiko the third time really is the charm.  ‘Chilombo,’ her third studio effort, not only earned her highest Billboard 200 placement and best first-week sales to date, it’s now also her most GRAMMY-nominated effort.

Landing nods in ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Progressive R&B’ album, its John Legend-assisted song – ‘Lightning & Thunder’ – also struck a chord with the voting committee as it landed in the ‘Best R&B Performance’ list.

Snub: Brandy, Toni Braxton, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani, Alicia Keys, and Summer Walker Shut Out

Aiko may be waving the flag for Female R&B with her third project, but she’s mainly doing it by her lonesome.  Despite critical and fan acclaim, Brandy‘s long-awaited ‘B7,’ GRAMMY darling/R&B legend Toni Braxton‘s ‘Spell My Name, Teyana Taylor‘s ‘The Album,’ Alicia Keys ‘ALICIA’ (especially ‘Underdog’), and Summer Walker‘s ‘Life on Earth’ were all snubbed.

We certainly couldn’t forget about our girl Kehlani’s 2020 project, ‘It Was Good Until it Wasn’t.’

Surprise:   Chloe x Halle Get Major Looks for Sophomore Album

Thanks to ‘Ungodly Hour,’ it may be time for Chloe x Halle to walk away with a GRAMMY.

Fans who cried ‘foul’ when the sister act was nominated but lost in ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ categories at the 2019 ceremony may see redemption at next year’s festivities as the ‘Do It’ hitmakers are listed in Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B performance, and Best Progressive R&B album slots.

Snub: John Legend’s ‘Bigger Love’ Gets Little Mention

It was one of 2020’s most critically acclaimed sets, but ‘Bigger Love’ didn’t get a lot of love from the Recording Academy as it’s mentioned only in the ‘Best R&B Album’ category.

Surprise:  Dua Lipa Rocks 2021 GRAMMYs with 6 Nominations

Dua Lipa is being positioned to be Pop’s new “it” girl in so many ways, a measure reaffirmed by today’s announced GRAMMY nods as she nabbed 6 nominations with highlights being in the Album, Record, and Song of the Year categories.

Snub: K-Pop Largely Ignored

BTS and BlackPink may have delivered some of Pop’s biggest hits this year, but their presence (as well as other hitmaking K-Pop acts) was missed on the 2021 GRAMMY nominations list.

BTS at least landed a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance mention for their explosive hit, ‘Dynamite.’

Surprise: Harry Styles Nabs His First GRAMMY nods

Thanks to his sophomore album, ‘Fine Line,’ Styles tip toed onto this year’s list of GRAMMY nods with his first ever listings on the tally.  He’s found in three categories: Best Pop Solo Performance (“Watermelon Sugar”), Best Pop Vocal Album (‘Fine Line’), and Best Music Video (“Adore You”).

Snub: Harry Styles Shut Out of Major Categories

Despite completing Styles’ transition from teen heartthrob to ‘serious artist,’ the Recording Academy seriously felt like ‘Sugar,’ ‘Adore,’ and the other content from ‘Fine Line’ didn’t deserve mention in the big 3 categories.

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Honorable mention (snubs):

  • Camila Cabello‘s ‘Romance’ and singles ‘Liar,’ ‘My Oh My,’ and more snubbed completely
  • JoJo‘s ‘Good to Know’ snubbed completely
  • Katy Perry‘s ‘Smile’ snubbed completely
  • Eminem‘s ‘Music to Be Murdered By’ unmentioned
  • Halsey’s ‘Manic’ nabs no nods
  • Future & Drake‘s ‘Life is Good’
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug‘s ‘Go Crazy’
  • Miley Cyrus’Midnight Sky’ snubbed completely
  • ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Birds of Prey,’ and ‘Trolls 2’ soundtracks left out of ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media’ and ‘Best Song Written For Visual Media’

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  1. #WAP November 24, 2020

    NICKI MINAJ JUST TWEETED COMPLAINING THAT SHE WASNT NOMINATED FOR BEST NEW ARTIST 🤣🤣🤣😂 That old lady will never change and she’s bitter because she knows her “friend” Megan Thee Stallion is going to win a Grammy. BYE NICKI

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED November 24, 2020

      Nikki will NEVER win a Grammy cuz Nikki is nothing more than a THEIF! Stole all Non Pop hits and piggy backed all #1s. Anaconda was stolen from sir mix a lot and DREAMS was stolen from BIGGIE. Even stole album title PINKPRINT from JAYZ(BLUEPRONT) and entire rap style from Lil Kim. Cardi B and Meagan are the Tupac and Biggie of female rap. & cardi is QUEEN(of rap)

  2. Diabetes UNBOTHERED November 24, 2020

    The Queen of Pop will eventually have more than Twice as many Grammys as MJ.

    SOY/ROY SAVAGE/BLACK PARADE

    Bey will win ATLEAST 1 extending glorious Reign as KING OF GRAMMYS

  3. TheTea November 24, 2020

    BWAAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHA!!!!!!! WHERE CLARKSHÂÂT AT??!!?

    HOW MANY HOURS DID CLARKSHÂÂT SPEND IN 2019/2020 BASHING DA KEYBOARD AT DAT INTERNET CAFE ABOVE DA ABATTOIR WHERE HE WAS BIRTHED BY A HYENA TRYIN 2TELL US CUMILLA WAS DA SHÎT???? HOW MANY?????????

    I THOUGHT DUA FLOPPED IN THE US AND WAS LOCAL???? I THOUGHT CUMILLADISCOUNTA HAD THE BIGGEST STREAMS OF A FEMALE AND THE MOST INSTA FOLLOWERS?????

    I THOUGHT BEYONCÉ WAS „DONE“ AND FOR DA GUTTER AFTER „THE GIFT“????

    WHY IS THE HIGEST POSSIBLE ACCOLADE IN DA MUSIK INDUSTRY NOMINATING DUA AND BEYONCÉ AND NOT CUMILLADISCOUNTA????? WHY???!!!!!!

    AND IF YOU CAN BUY GRAMMY‘S WHY DOESNT KATY PERRY AND PAULA ABDUL HAVE 10 EACH????! WHY????

    CLARKSHÂÂT HAVIN A CARDIAC ARREST 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  4. tyty November 24, 2020

    They didn’t want to nominate the weekend in the pop category he would be have swept and we cant have ole Justin Bieber being embarrassed like that. Jojo was snubbed. Katy Perry and Cumilla where not snubbed they didn’t deserve any nominations and didn’t get any. Miley cyrus will probably do better 2022 Grammys. Anyway who cares about the same tired lame excuses given when Bey continually got snubbed apply now that y’all favs are getting the same treatment. ”Sucks to be you right now”😂😂

  5. Clarks0o0ñ November 24, 2020

    Summer walker
    Lil uzi
    Juice wrld
    Gabby barrett

  6. Paulo November 24, 2020

    A lot of these surprises were completely expected lol come on now. Dua and CxH’s noms surprised no one.

    So so so happy for Jhene and Bey tho that’s a surprise!

    Blackpink’s debut album was not eligible for this year’s ceremony. Plus you can’t list 6+ singes in the R&B field and expect ALL OF THEM to be nominated

    • Rashad November 25, 2020

      like bts, blackpink’s album might not have been eligible but its singles were.

  7. Kel November 24, 2020

    Ok!! HALSEY???? I’m surprised wow that album was EVERYTHING. But also Caroline Polachek 🤦🏿‍♂️ But… I’m so happy Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and FINALLY HAIM has a nomination wishing them the best.

  8. Jennifer. November 24, 2020

    It was expected that Dua would have been nominated. Future Nostalgia is critically acclaimed. Definitely top 3 releases this year amongst Pop Albums. The shocker is the Weeknd not getting any nominations Blinding Lights is one of the biggest singles of 2020. It looks like they knew if he was nominated he would sweep the awards. After Hours is one of the best selling albums this year. Post Malone Circles was nominated for two of the big awards kinda weird seen that Blinding lights was a bigger seller. The other shocker is Summer Walker and Brandy no where to be found on in the R&B category’s.

  9. Ty Watts November 28, 2020

    An insider on The Clark Sisters mentioned that their label Karen Records did not submit their project for awards…rumored to allow Kierra’s project to shine. Smart move!

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