As 2017 draws ever closer to a close, it can only mean one thing. It's award season, baby.
Now is the time when we all look back on the year that was, counting all the new releases, charting who hit it big and who whiffed big, and of course, drawing up a list of best new albums to share with all our social media friends to let them know that we do indeed have good tastes in music, and that they should listen to us more often.
And as much as artists do love and appreciate the validation from the fans (we do pay their bills after all), let's be honest. There's one big piece of validation, one corporeal sign that they've made it, that most artists aspire to above all else. And sorry, it's not the number one spot on your Tumblr ‘This Year In Music' review.
It's the Grammys.
There's probably no bigger assertion that an artist is legit, that they've made it, than receiving a Grammy Award. Even just getting a nomination is an incredible achievement in itself. So, my hat is off to all the talented artists who were listed in the nominations released today by The Grammy Academy. But I'm gonna have to pull a Kanye right here and cause an uproar. I'ma let you finish, but there were some serious snubs in this years nominations. Here's my list of those who got left off the big list.
1. Ed Sheeran
After cleaning house at the 2016 awards, Sheeren
looked poised for a repeat with Divide
, and a stellar single in "Shape of You". Instead, Sheeran has been snubbed from the major award categories, though he has several nominations in the general pop category. At least he got to appear on Game of Thrones,
2. Linkin Park/Chester Bennington
Look, I get that One More Light
definitely isn't Hybrid Theory
, but it was still a solid album, and proof that Chester Bennington and co. were still making great music. I'm not asking for a pity nomination because of Chester's passing, but for Linkin Park to be absent from every rock category feels a little unfair.
3. Alicia Keys
Keys just snuck into eligibility with her release of Here
in November of last year, and that may have been held against her, but receiving no nominations whatsoever seems a bit harsh.
4. Taylor Swift
won't be eligible for nomination until next year, its singles were up for grabs this year. So it's definitely surprising that "I Don't Want to Live Forever" from the Fifty Shades Darker
soundtrack is the only T. Swift song to get a nod. I feel like for a good couple of weeks all this country was capable of talking about was "Look What You Made Me Do", so I'm shocked to see it absent.
5. Harry Styles
Another instance of a big name artist getting no recognition at all. Styles released his debut solo album earlier this year following his departure from One Direction, but there's no mention whatsoever of it or Styles on the nominations. I have to agree with angry fans online a bit when they give a bit "wtf" to how "Despacito" ended up in Best Song and Best Record yet Harry got left behind.
6. Lady Gaga
As long as she's been around and as talented as she is, it's surprising that Lady Gaga
has yet to have won Album of the Year or Song of the Year. This year, she didn't even get a nod in those categories, and will have to settle, like Sheeran, to compete in Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Traditional Pop Album. At the time of release, I think you should go and check the Wikipedia listing for The Grammys.
7. Carly Rae Jepsen
I'm still mad about Emotion
getting snubbed. Safe to say "Cut To The Feeling" wouldn't make the cut either.
Honorary Wait, What? Nomination
Bernie Sanders received a nomination for the Spoken Word category. Our country is a reality TV show gone awry.