Yesterday, the Grammy nominees were announced and although we are thrilled for some of them—Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Marc Ronson to name a few—there are somewhere around16 artists who we think were totally snubbed. Here are some of our favorite musicians who were not recognized.
Canadian Pop Princess Carly Rey Jepson’s latest album Emotion, her second studio album offering her usual brand of bubblegum-popping fun, went unnoticed on the ballot along with what could be One Direction’s final album for a long, long time, Four.
Owner of two No. 1 acclaimed rap albums, Future’s third album DS2 did not even make the cut this year at the Grammys. The nearly 20-year-old rock band Sleater-Kinney was not nominated either for their latest album No Cities to Love featuring the well-known track “Bury Our Friends.” Dream queen Lana Del Rey’s fourth album Honeymoon with such tracks as “High by the Beach,” and “Music to Watch Boys To” was also shut down along with Beck’s zany single Dreams which peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Rock Airplay Chart. Rising Jersey rapper and songwriter Fetty Wap, known for his smash hit “Trap Queen,” wasn’t given a nod either.
“New Americana” singer Halsey, who stood out at Madison Square Garden last August, was not appreciated for her manic millennial anthems.
Perhaps the biggest stars to be snubbed however are Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj who collaborated on “Feeling Myself.” Minaj was nominated for best rap collaboration for “Only,” with Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Chris Brown and her album The Pinkprint received a best rap album nomination.
Quite a few of the 2016 Grammy nominees are returning artists or artists already circulating wildly in the media. We’re hoping next time the Grammys will give others a chance.