Grammy Nominations: Reactions, Snubs & General Confusion


Meghan Trainor receiving a Grammy nomination before Marina And The Diamonds isn’t the only head-tilting reaction the 2016 Grammy Nominations list provided.

On Monday (Dec. 7), Alicia Keys announced nominations for artists like Taylor Swift, who was nominated seven times including Album Of The year, Ed Sheeran and John Legend. While we’re generally pleased with the announcement, there are several artists who deserved to be recognized that weren’t. Others received a nomination on songs we didn’t expect (Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter”), and a couple of categories are highlighting people we aren’t sure deserve it.

Before we get to the snubs, let’s celebrate the artists that were nominated and who expressed their gratitude.

Nominee reactions

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Drake’s “Back To Back” earned the Toronto rapper a nomination, making it the first diss track to ever receive the honor . He also received nominations for Best Rap Album (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late), Best Rap Song (“Energy”), and his features on Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter” and “Only.”

Speaking of… we expected Minaj’s collaboration with Beyonce on “Feeling Myself” to get nominated, not her salacious NSFW “Truffle Butter” jam, which lands in the Best Rap Performance category.

Amy Poehler can also add Grammy nominee to her lengthy list of accolades. The Parks & Recreation star received one in the best spoken word category for the audiobook of her memoir Yes Please.

Paul McCartney is a music legend, so we’re not entirely surprised he landed two Grammy nominations, but in two rap categories? He’s up for best rap performance and best rap song for Kanye West’s “All Day,” a track based on a melody McCartney wrote in the ’70s that also features his whistling.

The snubs

We already mentioned “Feeling Myself,” but what about One Direction? This was probably the band’s last chance to receive a nomination, however they’re nowhere to be seen.

We were sure Drake’s “Hotline Bling” would share the Grammy spotlight, but that too received the boot.

Carly Rae Jepsen produced one of the best pop efforts in 2015 with her album E•MO•TION, however it wasn’t recognized.

Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon record was snubbed, as was Halsey’s Badlands.

And Britney Spears not receiving a nomination for “Pretty Girls?” Inexcusable.

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