Next year’s Grammy Awards are filled with expected names such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. But as the Grammys are known for glorifying artists who monopolise pretty much every possible category they can, it was thus a bit surprising that these names didn’t get attributed this time around.
Nicki Minaj and Beyonce
It was the collaboration of the year – two power women in music producing a badass rap song “Feeling Myself,” but fell short on receiving a nomination for Best Rap Collaboration. While Minaj is still saved with a nomination of her own in this category for “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, it turns out that this is the first year since 2004 that Queen Bey hasn’t received a nomination. Times are a-changing, guys!
Again, collaborations seem like the best, easiest way to earn yourself at least one nomination, especially with the likes of Grammy poster boys like Paul McCartney and Kanye West. So it’s sort of surprising that Rihanna’s single “FourFiveSeconds” didn’t make the cut. Her whacky NSFW song “B*tch Better Have My Money” has also been snubbed.
When you’ve already peaked in iconism in the 1980s, I suppose it must be an uphill battle to stay right on the top for the decades that follow, especially when others are overtaking you in terms of outrageousness and sexuality. Nevertheless, people were still excited about Madonna’s 2015 album Rebel Heart which was decked out in the likes of A-list producers and special guests such as Avicii, Diplo, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. But the album came and went, and so did Madonna’s Grammy nomination.
For almost every album they’ve released, since the late 1990s, Foo Fighters would surely get earn some kind of nomination at the Grammys. And we don’t blame them – frontman Dave Grohl is the coolest modern-day rockstar ever. Their previous albums such as Wasting Light (2012), Echoes Silence, Patience & Grace (2008), In Your Honor (2006) all received nominations and some wins for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song , as well as the highly coveted Album of the Year Award. But this year’s Sonic Highways has just earned them a sort of consolation in Best Music Film and Best Rock Performance for “Something from Nothing.”
Drake’s “Hotline Bling”
“Hotline Bling” is arguably the song for 2015. Although it’s not technically a snub because Drake’s management didn’t even submit the song for Grammy consideration, it’s still a little bit of a let-down. We would have thought all those viral memes might’ve earned him an immortalisation of some sort to mark its phenomenal pop culture success this year. But worry not: Drake is still up for awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album.
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