2022 Grammys Snubs and Surprises

This is the best—and controversial—time of the year for music lovers: the 2023 Grammy nominations are here!

Absolutely no one was surprised, Beyoncé leading the nominations, thanks to her summer-dominating seventh studio album, Renaissance. After becoming the most winning woman in Grammy history last year, she will now have nine chances to add to her total, leading a nomination pool that includes fellow stars. Kendrick Lamarwith eight nominations; Adelie and Brandi Carlile, with seven each; and harry style, Future, DJ Khaled and Mary J. Blige, six each. In short: the heavyweights are back. (No offense to last year’s big winner, Jon Batiste. Remember him?)

As expected, Beyoncé will also have a rematch with Adelieas the two will once again go head-to-head for Album of the Year (Renaissance compare to 30) and both Record and Song of the Year (“Break My Soul” vs “Easy on Me”). The last time the two superstars faced each other at the Grammy Awards was in 2017, when even Adele was shocked that 25 beat Bey’s Lemonade for the top honor of the evening.

All of that was to be expected, but, because this is the Grammys we’re talking about, Tuesday’s nominations also give us plenty of surprises and surprises to consider. Please unzip them all.

SURPRISE: The nominees for Best New Artist are actually newcomers. What a concept!

Not only that, but this year’s 10 nominations also really run into the category-wise. Over the past few years, this predictable category has favored big stars with capital-M Pop Culture Moments (Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, and Dua Lipa), but with a niche With a variety of real newcomers this year, it’s really for anyone — which makes it one of the more exciting races worth following. (It should be noted that both Steve Lacy and Jack Harlow—two artists who have been spectacularly mainstream this year—have been deemed ineligible due to their previous Grammy nominations.)

Among the highlights are Brazilian superstar Anitta, Eurovision shock sensation Måneskin, bilingual Omar Apollo (whose rumored boyfriend, Frank Ocean, particularly despises the Grammys), and indie rock artist Wet Leg .

SNUB: Not much love for K-pop.

Some pundits have bet that BlackPink will become the first K-pop act to receive a Big Four nomination for their album. born pink and/or their single “Pink Venom”. But alas, Grammy voters don’t seem to have Blinks. And even more snobby, none of the major artists of the genre that submitted Best New Artist nominations — like TWICE, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, and SEVENTEEN — made the list.

However, there is some love for BTS loves the Grammys, who were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “My Universe,” their collaboration with Coldplay, as well as Best Music Video. But when, oh when, will the Grammys finally recognize a K-pop artist other than BTS?

SURPRISE: “Unholy” (barely) by Sam Smith and Kim Petras snuck in.

Unholy, “Unholy” is a recent breakout that has brought both Sam Smith and Kim Petra made their history at number 1 in the United States for the first time. But the key word there is “recent”—“Unholy” comes just eight days before the September 30 Grammy eligibility deadline closes, and many have predicted that might not be enough. time to resonate with voters. Not the case; “Unholy” received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Petras is now determined to be what she calls “trammy” (ie “Grammy Award Tranny”).

SURPRISE: The Grammys love TikTok as much as we all do.

The 18-year-old rising pop star GAYLE unexpectedly received the nod for Song of the Year for “ABCDEFU,” a hit on TikTok last year. The app also earned Memphis rapper GloRilla a nomination, as her hit “FNF (Let’s Go)”—which we previously named candidate “song of the summer” when it exploded on TikTok—nominated for Best Rap Performance. And yet, in another TikTok-backed nod, Rosalía was chosen for Best Musical Film for her live performance. Motomami on the app.

SURPRISE: Drake is here!

Despite both Drake and The Weeknd choose not to pay Their most recent blockbuster album for the Grammy Awards, Drizzy appeared four times on this year’s nominations list as either co-author or featured artist. Future’s “Wait for U,” which features both Drake and Tems, was nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, while “Churchill Downs,” Drake’s collaboration with Jack Harlow, was also a hit. candidate in the second category. He was also nominated for co-writing Beyoncé’s “Heated”.

Does this really do anything to help thaw the Toronto star’s relationship with Biggest Night? TBD, but it’s clear that the Grammys still want the certified boyfriend on their side.

SNUB: Morgan Wallen continues to be closed.

Despite being one of the country’s biggest stars in the world, Wallen has yet to earn a Grammy nomination—and this year was no exception. Wallen is, of course, probably best known to most people as the guy whose video using the N-word made national headlines in early 2021, making him persona non grata at the awards ceremony in a period of time. But the boycott seems to have eased up recently, as he took home the top honor for Album of the Year at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards for his chart-topping spot. Danger: Double Album. And yet, the Grammys have not yet forgiven and forgotten. (Either that, or his album sucks.)

SURPRISE: The Grammys still reward terrible men.

Wallen aside, however, there are still a few controversial figures shortlisted for this year’s nominees, including winner returns Louis CKChris Brown, and Dave ChappelleWho will win Best Comedy Album for Closeraka the Netflix special that put him under boiling water late last year for his tasteless pranks on transgender people.

SURPRISE: It’s Diana Ross versus Christmas.

Somehow, Diana Ross never won a Grammy in the competitive category, despite receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. That could change this year, because of her album Thank (listen to the title track if you want a burst of energy; trust me on this one) was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, giving Ross his first nomination since 1983. But she faces stiff competition from some holiday diva: she’s up against three Christmas-focused albums (Kelly Clarkson’s) When Christmas Comes Around…Norah Jones’ I Dream of Christmas (Extended)and by Pentatonix evergreen), plus by Michael Bublé higher.

SURPRISE: Taylor Swift is back in the countryside.

Despite establishing herself as one of the biggest pop forces on the planet over the past few years, Swift’s three nominations all have roots in her home country. She was nominated for Song of the Year for her emotional 10-minute version of “All Too Well” Red reissued. Elsewhere, she Where do Crawdads sing? cut “Carolina” for Best Song Written for Visual Media, while Red (Taylor’s version) award song “I Bet You Think About Me” was chosen for Best Country Song.

SNUB: Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion’s respective reigns appear to be on pause.

After being a Grammy favorite in recent years, Megan Thee Stallion has been dropped from this year’s nominations, with no love for her second album, injury. Equally snubbed is Nicki Minaj, who must have been furious about it after making her chart-topping “Super Freaky Girl” upset. considered more pop than rap by Recording Academy. Watch out for the wrath of Barbz, Grammy voter.

SURPRISE: The Recording Academy couldn’t resist Bad Bunny’s world domination.

Better news, Bad Bunny’s summer is still raging! The successful 2022 album of the Puerto Rican superstar Un Verano Sin Ti deserved a nomination for Album of the Year, and he was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Moscow Mule” and Best Música Urbana Album, which he won last year. Given the Grammy’s less than stellar track record when it comes to non-English music, it’s certainly a feat worth celebrating—especially since it makes Un Verano Sin Ti First Spanish-language album to earn an AOTY nomination.

SNUB: Rosalía deserves a nod for Album of the Year and we all know it.

But for every Bad Bunny, there is also a Rosalía. Motomami was one of the year’s most exciting and musical adventure albums, but it was disappointingly relegated to Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album.

SURPRISE: Grammy Award <3 Mary J. Blige

Hip-hop queen Soul suddenly emerges as a top contender, receiving Album of the Year nomination for good morning beautiful, a Record of the Year nomination for the title track and four other nominations in the R&B category. Maybe Grammy voters just really enjoyed her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in February?

SURPRISE: The ABBA train rolled.

After the beloved Swedish group earned their first Grammy nomination last year, they returned to the category Record of the Year for “Don’t Shut Me Down” as well as Album of the Year for Journeys, their first new album in 40 years. ABBA’s fandom never goes out of style.

SNUB: The Grammys won’t be about Bruno.

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” aka the Disney hit that people and their mothers couldn’t stop humming earlier this year, is predicted to enter at least one of the main categories of the movie. this year. But no, no, no. The Encanto The top of the ensemble chart was dropped from the genre categories, where it would compete for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Meanwhile, the film’s soundtrack was selected for Best Synthesis Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Soundtrack for Visual Media.

SURPRISE: Viola Davis is trying to get that SELF.

She is three years old and currently Viola Davis is looking for a “G” to fill in her EGOT status. She was nominated for the audiobook version of her memoir find meand if she wins, she’ll join recent EGOT winners John Legend and Jennifer Hudson in the ultra-exclusive club.

SNUB: Summer Walker wants the Grammys to check their work.

Summer Walker topped the charts late last year with her second album Still Overcoming Itbut she sure Not about the Grammy excluding it from this year’s nominations. She wrote in an Instagram Story on Tuesday, “& for the 2nd grammar solution, the math really doesn’t match,” referring to the album’s stellar chart success. However, Walker was nominated as a contributor to Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, so at least there’s that. Also angry at being “rejected” is Chance the Rapper, but we’ll let you decide if it’s really a legitimate insult. (We’re leaning toward “no,” for what it’s worth. Sorry, Chance.)

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