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Biggest snubs and surprises of the 2022 Grammy nominations

Jon Batiste, ABBAs Agnetha Faltskog, Morgan Wallen, Arooj Aftab (Photos: Getty Images, Capitol Records, Getty Images, New Amsterdam Records)

Last year, the alleged frontrunner The Weeknd was shockingly shut out of the Grammy Awards – and the ensuing outrage led, at least in part, to a sweeping reform of the Recording Academy’s secret, controversial voting system. So when the nominations for the 64th annual Grammy were announced Tuesday morning, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. announced. proud that the award’s anonymous nomination review committee had been eliminated and that this year’s nominees had been decided solely by the Academy’s voting membership. for the first time in three decades. In addition, Mason revealed that the number of nominees in the “Big Four” categories – Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist – which had been expanded from five nominees to eight back in 2019, would now include 10 nominated each to be even more inclusive.

As a result, this year’s harvest of nomer is nowhere near as shocking, with most of the commonly predicted favorites getting their fair share of recognition. But there were still a few head scrapers and jaw-droppers among the entire 83 categories of prizes. Below are the biggest snubs and surprises:

SURPRISE: Jon Batiste leads with 11 nominations

While Late show with Stephen Colbert bandleader is certainly respected in the industry – he is three times Grammy nominated and he won an Oscar this year for his work on the original score for Soul – no one expected him to be this year’s Grammy darling with two Big Four nods (Album of the Year for We are, and this year’s record for “Freedom”). It remains to be seen if he can win in the newly crowded categories along with big pop names like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic and Lil Nas X, but with his many nominations across the categories Jazz, R&B, American Roots and Classical , it is unlikely that he will go home empty-handed at the ceremony in January 2022.

SNUB: Morgan Wallen is too dangerous for the Grammys

The controversial country star Dangerous: The Double Album was one of the biggest releases this year, debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. But the year was also plagued by scandal when Wallen was caught on camera in February using a racist slander. While the subsequent downfall did not appear to hurt record sales, it certainly hurt his Grammy chances, especially in a year focused on inclusivity. Wallen did not get a single nod, not even in the country categories.

SURPRISE: But four other artists get -one-canceled

“Cancel culture” may have allegedly convicted Morgan Wallen, but the Recording Academy did not cancel four other fought celebrities – Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Marilyn Manson and producer Dr. Luke – who respectively received nominations for Best Comedy Album, Best Spoken Word Album and the Album / Song of the Year categories. Manson was recognized for his supporting role on Kanye West’s Album of the Year nominee Donda, and Luke for his work with several nominated Doja Cat.

SURPRISE: Mamma mia! ABBA finally gets some respect

The fact that ABBA, one of the biggest and most beloved pop groups of all time, had never been nominated at the Grammy Awards is undoubtedly one of the most eerie snubs of awards ever. But now the group’s first single in 40 years – “I Still Have Faith In You”, from the Swedes’ comeback album Trip – is ready for this year’s record with people like Justin Bieber and Brandi Carlile. They’re unlikely to be the winner, taking it all in, but at least they’re finally getting their due.

SNUB: BTS is not lubricated

The K-pop sensations were the top winners at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but their summer smash “Butter”, which broke a global record for the biggest singing debut in Spotify’s history, received only one nom, for best pop duo / group performance. K-pop superstars BLACKPINK and Monsta X were also completely overlooked, despite industry experts predicting that both could be up to best new artist.

SURPRISE: Arooj Aftab is the new Esperanza

Among this year’s 10 best new artist nominees are some expected candidates – the winner of best new artist in 2020 Billie Eilish’s brother / collaborator Finneas, rapper Saweetie, country star Jimmie Allen and frontrunner Olivia Rodrigo – along with a few indie outliers like Glass Animals , Arlo Parks and Japanese breakfast. But Saudi Arabia / Pakistan-raised, Brooklyn-based experimental classical artist Aftab is definitely the most left-wing artist on the list. Maybe she could be this year’s Esperanza Spalding and get upset (as Spalding did when she beat Drake, Justin Bieber, Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons in the Best New Artist category a decade ago).

SNUB: There’s no gift for Gab

Gabby Barrett is one of country music’s brightest new stars, with her excellent debut single “I Hope” topping Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs and Country Airplay charts. not to mention breaking the curse against female artists on country radio when it became the first top 10 Hot Country Songs debut of a solo woman since October 2017. She was also the first American Idol participates to score a mainstream hit since Phillip Phillips with “Home” in 2012, proving that Idol franchises can still create stars. But even though Barrett won Best New Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year, she did not receive a similar nomination at the Grammys.

SNUB: Kacey Musgraves is crossed out

This country / pop singer was the star of the 2019 Grammys as her third studio LP Golden hour won Album of the Year and Best Country Album. This year is her divorce album The star cross was mostly overlooked, except for two nominees, for best country solo performance and best country song for “Camera Roll” – this after a fight when The star cross was allegedly convicted not justified to compete in Grammys’ Country categories for not having enough “country elements”. Musgraves’ record company president vehemently protested that decision in an open letter to the Academy at the time, which may have hurt the singer’s chances.

SNUB: Megan Thee Stallion is not getting any good news

The rap superstar was last year’s best new artist winner, but her debut album Good news – which was published during the eligibility window on 1 September 2020 – 30 September 2021 – was almost completely overlooked. Megan had to settle for just one nomination, in the category Best Performance.

SNUB: Lorde does not get the generous treatment

The New Zealand singer-songwriter’s debut single “Royals” won Song of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards; her second LP Melodrama was featured on this year’s album at the 2018 Grammy; and her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff has just received a nomination for Producer of the Year for her work on (among other projects) her third album, Solar power. And still, Solar powerwas overlooked by the Academy in every other category this year.

SNUB: Lana Del Rey is not welcome in the Grammy Club

Antonoff also produced Del Rey’s critically acclaimed album from 2021 Chemtrails Over the Country Club, but that album did not receive any other Grammy recognition either – unlike its predecessor, Norman F *** ing Rockwell, which earned Lana a 2020 nomination for Album of the Year.

SNUB: Miley Cyrus will not be partying in the US on Grammy night

The changing pop provocateur’s album from 2020 Plastic hearts received rave reviews, topped the Billboard Rock charts and featured A-list guests such as Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Billy Idol and even former Grammy favorite Dua Lipa, but it did not receive a single nod, not even in pop or rock genre categories .

SNUB: The truth hurts Lizzo

Just two ceremonies ago, Lizzo was the leading Grammy nominee in seven categories (she won three awards that night), and she even opened the 2020 broadcast. But her eligible single with the winner of Best Rapalbum of 2018, Cardi B, “Rumors”, got no love this time.

SNUB: Machine Gun Kelly experiences a downfall

Just this past Sunday, MGK won Favorite Rock Artist at the American Music Awards, a development he boldly claimed was proof that rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. But he’s obviously not Recording Academy’s favorite rock artist because his fifth album, My Downfall Tickets, did not receive a single nomination. Instead, Grammys favorites such as AC / DC, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell and the Black Pumas rock categories dominated.

SNUB: Sparks will not fly at the Grammys

The Sparks brothers, superfan Edgar Wright’s 140 minute love letter to his favorite band, featured coryphaeus like Beck, Duran Duran, Bj√∂rk, Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Flea, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s, and even Neil Gaiman makes a very solid argument that Sparks is one of the most influential acts ever. The aforementioned Antonoff even stated in the documentary that “all pop music is … rearranged Sparks.” But apparently the Grammy voters were not convinced as the doctor failed to reach a nomination for best music film.

SURPRISE: The Weeknd actually gets some Grammy love

After last year’s aforementioned debacle, a furious Abel Tesfaye announced he would boycott the Grammys in the future. Still, he ironically garnered three nominations this years, for his collaborations with Doja Cat and Kanye West. However, it is still safe to assume that he will be attending the upcoming ceremony, which takes place Jan. 31 at the Los Angeles Staples Center.

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