This years Grammy nominations left me fairly……underwhelmed. The snubs are almost more exciting than the actual nominees. The Grammys didn’t get it all wrong, though. Here is my list of 5 things they got right and 5 things they got wrong:
Tori Kelly has been working up to this Grammy ever since I saw she posted that “Only Exception” cover almost 6 years ago. She is very deserving of her “Best New Artist” nomination. Though I am extremely proud of her Grammy nod, I am disappointed that its her only one.
Kehlani is another artist who’s handwork has rightfully led her to this moment. Though she has had plenty of mixtape, her debut album You Should be Here was a very strong debut. She rightfully deserves the nomination for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” Grammy nod.
D’Angelo, also known as R&B’s comeback king, had a strong year among critics and fans alike. Knowing this, its no surprise that D’Angelo is nominated for several awards but was it refreshing is his “Record of the Year” nod for his song “Really Love”. The only nod I believe he’s missing “Album of the Year”.
If D’Angelo is the R&B comeback king, then Jazmine is the R&B comeback princess. After her 5 year hiatus, Sullivan came back to music better than ever. Because her last album, also great, was snubbed when it was eligible, its great to see her get her just recognition this time around with 3 nods in R&B categories.
This artist fills a void in Gospel music that I don’t think anyone ever has. His traditional Gospel roots shine through his heavily acoustic influenced music. He brings a chill Musiq Soulchild vibe to Gospel that can easily be the soundtrack to your life. This is a pleasant juxtaposition to the choir, hand clapping, foot stomping vibe of most Gospel music. Because of this, I believe his 2nd album Life Music: Stage 2, is well deserving of its “Best Gospel Album” nod.
Rihanna didn’t have the most stellar year in music but she did release 2 hit singles that were shockingly left out this years Grammy nominations. “FourFiveSeconds” (featuring Paul McCartney and Kanye West) and “B**** Better Have my Money” could’ve both easily fit into both Pop and R&B categories.
Carly Rae Jepson
To most, her lack of Grammy nominations is not a surprise and people have most likely stopped taking me seriously at this point. But what you may not know is that her 2nd album, E•MO•TION, is a pop masterpiece and considered by many critics one of the nest albums of the year. I’m not quite sure how her album slipped through the cracks but I am disappointed that it did not get the recognition that it deserves.
This gem, no stranger to Grammy nods and snubs, has unfortunately been snubbed again for her album Woman and her single “Fools Gold”. This album is so smooth, slick, sexy (without being too sexy), and a turn in the right direction for her. This album should have been a shoo-in for nominations this year in the R&B and even Album of the Year categories.
Again, this snub may be no surprise to most of you, but Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande gave all former Disney and Nickelodeon tween queens hope with their nominations last year. This past year, Selena put out her best and most adult material out to date. Her latest album Revival was well crafted and uniquely a style her own. Critics expected this to be a nomination year for her, as did I, but unfortunately, we were wrong.
Some like to say that Justin is not a fan favorite of those at the Grammys but I thought that his singles “What do you Mean” & “Sorry” were very strong contenders and could possibly change that. Though his latest album Purpose was not eligible due to its release date, an almost complete shut out for the Biebs comes as a shock to me.