2019 Grammy Nominations: The Snubs & Surprises


The 2019 Grammy nominees had been introduced Friday (Dec. 7) morning, which implies scorching on the heels of the congratulations and breathless exclamations of what an honor it’s simply to be nominated comes the inevitable sniping over perceived snubs. And this 12 months isn’t any completely different, as there are a number of A-listers shut out of the Big four classes (album of the 12 months, tune of the 12 months, document of the 12 months and finest new artist).

Taylor Swift, a long-time Grammy fave with two album of the 12 months wins beneath her belt, misses the Big four totally, with repute solely getting a nod for finest pop vocal album. While the snub is comprehensible in some methods – Swift's newest obtained combined evaluations – it's nonetheless confounding given what a industrial blockbuster it was (it was Billboard's greatest album of 2018) and Swift's standing as a Recording Academy favourite.

Also within the pop snub realm, Ariana Grande was ignored within the Big four classes. Again, not a complete shock contemplating the Grammys haven't precisely favored her previously – earlier than the 2019 nominees had been revealed, she had four noms and zero wins – however Sweetener was a essential favourite, and contemplating that eight albums are up for AOTY, its absence is notable. Still, she acquired extra love than Swift: Sweetener is up for finest pop vocal album and "God Is a Woman" is up for finest pop solo efficiency, a class that Taylor's "Delicate" simply ought to have made however didn’t.

If you need to snub two A-listers with one oversight, effectively, simply fail to place The Carters (aka Beyonce and Jay-Z) in any of the Big four classes. While the couple did get three noms total, it's a little bit of a shock to see the acclaimed Everything Is Love get no love in document of the 12 months or album of the 12 months.

Perhaps much less stunning, however nonetheless value noting, is that Kanye West simply obtained one nod – though on condition that it's for manufacturing, non-classical — feting his work on his Ye and the opposite 4 albums he helmed in 2018 — it's a prestigious one. Ye was hardly a essential favourite or industrial smash, so Big four love was an extended shot, however you'd assume he'd get some consideration within the rap subject classes.

While the identical logic that excluded Zayn or Harry Styles from finest new artist eligibility most likely value Camila Cabello a shot at that class in 2019 (the Academy considers it disingenuous to salute somebody from a preferred group as a 'new artist' after they go solo), it's nonetheless a shock Camila solely obtained two noms contemplating the industrial and significant success of her debut.

One artist whose absence from finest new artist is much less explicable — Ella Mai, who appeared a robust contender for the nomination. While her ubiquitous "Boo'd Up" is up for tune of the 12 months and finest R&B tune, she's absent from that class when a number of artists seen as lengthy photographs – Greta Van Fleet, Jorja Smith, Chloe x Halle, and H.E.R. – all secured spots.

H.E.R. is actually one artist with quite a bit to have fun. While R&B nods for the 21-year-old expertise had been all however assured, she landed an sudden nod within the album of the 12 months class for her self-titled set. Another huge shock in that class is Brandi Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You; like H.E.R., Carlile’s presence in her style class (Americana) was a foregone conclusion, however her album of the 12 months nod is a stunning increase. Even extra sudden is her presence in three of the Big four classes, with “The Joke” getting document of the 12 months AND tune of the 12 months nods. Certainly Carlile’s sixth set was met with acclaim, however such a robust exhibiting within the Big four is sure to have some scratching their heads and reaching for his or her headphones to offer it a spin.

Less surprising, however nonetheless a pleasing shock, is the presence of Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer within the album of the 12 months class. While her newest is a daring brew of funk, neo soul, hip-hop and pop that was met with resounding acclaim, you might have seen the Grammys going both approach on honoring this one with a nom. Similarly, Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour getting the AOTY nod was hardly a foregone conclusion even whether it is clearly one of the deservedly acclaimed LPs of 2018, so it’s a satisfying delight to see the Grammys honor it accordingly. And whereas the Recording Academy clearly loves Kendrick Lamar (he's probably the most nominated artist in 2019), it's nonetheless a little bit of a eyebrow-raiser to see Black Panther: The Album up for AOTY. Then once more, two soundtracks — O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Bodyguard — have gained the respect within the final 25 years. 

The 61 Grammy Awards air Feb. 10 on CBS, broadcast reside from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

2019 Grammy Nominations: The Snubs & Surprises