2019 Grammy Nominations: Snubs & Surprises

Music’s biggest night is the Grammys. But music’s biggest morning? That would be the Grammy nominations, of course, which were unveiled earlier this Friday. This year’s crop included plenty of snubs, surprises, and standard Grammy fare. From Kendrick to Gaga to Brandi Carlile(!) to a major rules change, the 2019 ceremony looks to kick off a new era for the Recording Academy. It all goes down on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

After a year that has included serious controversy and massive changes for the Recording Academy, the 61st Grammy Awards nominees were announced on CBS and Apple Music on Friday morning. With the album-of-the-year category led by female artists including Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, and H.E.R. (not maaassively popular i guess). This year’s categories reflect the changes the Recording Academy was clearly eager to make after last year’s ceremony ended in controversy.

In February, immediately after a ceremony that was dominated by men, the Recording Academy announced plans to form an “independent task force” to review the Academy’s internal structure and eliminate “the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community.” Months later, the Academy’s president, Neil Portnow, who had said after that year’s ceremony that female artists needed to “step up” to be better represented at the Grammys, announced he would step down from his position following the 2019 ceremony. The Recording Academy also invited 900 new members, all of whom are female and/or people of color and/or under 39, as an explicit effort to diversify their ranks.

This year’s nominees are reflecting that diversity, from the presence of five women in the album-of-the-year category to the recognition for the Black Panther soundtrack, a game-changer for diversity in the film industry making its presence known in music.

BUT… there are also some huge snubs:

Some of 2018s front runners…. Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t get recognised with their massive Album “Everything is Love”, the King of Pop ED SHEERAN got completely ignored, and the queen Ariana Grande with her record-breaking Album “Sweetener” got no nomination for “Best Album of the Year”. To cut a long story short: Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Jay Z, and Travis Scott got overlooked in the major categories. Also Troye Sivan goes away empty-handed. But…on a positive note, Mac Miller got his first ever Grammy nomination which is heartwarming.

Alex Suskind put it in a nutshell: “The biggest surprise for me: Taylor Swift. As in, a lack thereof. Swift has been a dominant presence at the Grammys since 2008, when she was nominated for Best New Artist. But her “old Taylor is dead,” snake-tinged 2017 LP Reputation snagged only one nomination this year, in the Best Pop Vocal Album category. That’s a big surprise considering it was the second best-selling album of 2017, and that she already has two Album of the Year wins to her name (for Fearless and 1989). Just call it Ed Sheeran Syndrome — the Brit’s mammoth 2017 album ÷ also got the snub and was relegated to a Best Pop Vocal Album win. I’m now curious if Swift shows up to this year’s ceremony at all. My guess is no — which is probably for the best, since it avoids any awkward encounters with nemesis Kanye West, who’s been nominated for Producer of the Year.”

Album of the Year
  • Drake, Scorpion
  • Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
  • Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists, Black Panther: The Album
  • Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  • Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
  • Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
  • Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You
  • H.E.R., H.E.R.
Record of the Year
  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, “I Like It”
  • Brandi Carlile, “The Joke”
  • Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
  • Kendrick Lamar, SZA, “All the Stars”
  • Post Malone, 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
  • Zedd, Marren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”
Song of the Year
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”
  • Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”
  • Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
  • Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”
  • Brandi Carlile, “The Joke”
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”
  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
  • Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Best New Artist
  • Margo Price
  • Jorja Smith
  • Dua Lipa
  • H.E.R.
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Luke Combs
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Greta Van Fleet
Best Rap Performance
  • Drake, “Nice for What”
  • Cardi B, “Be Careful”
  • Travis Scott f/ Drake, “Sicko Mode”
  • Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, “King’s Dead”
  • Anderson .Paak, “Bubblin”
Best Rap/Sung Performance
  • Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”
  • Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • 6lack f/ J. Cole, “Pretty Little Fears”
  • Christina Aguilera f/ GoldLink, “Like I Do”
  • Post Malone f/ 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Best Rap Song
  • Drake, “God’s Plan”
  • Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, “King’s Dead”
  • Travis Scott f/ Drake, “Sicko Mode”
  • Eminem f/ Joyner Lucas, “Lucky You”
  • Jay Rock, “Win”
Best Rap Album
  • Pusha-T, DAYTONA
  • Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
  • Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
  • Mac Miller, Swimming
  • Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
Best R&B Performance
  • Toni Braxton, “Long As I Live”
  • The Carters, “Summer”
  • Lalah Hathaway, “YOY”
  • H.E.R. f/ Daniel Caesar, “Best Part”
  • PJ Morton, “First Began”
Best R&B Song
  • “Boo’d Up”
  • “Come Through and Chill”
  • “Feels Like Summer”
  • “Focus”
  • “Long As I Live”
Best R&B Album
  • Toni Braxton, Sex & Cigarettes
  • Leon Bridges, Good Thing
  • Lalah Hathaway, Honestly
  • H.E.R., H.E.R.
  • PJ Morton, Gumbo Unplugged
Best Music Video
  • The Carters, “APESHIT”
  • Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • Joyner Lucas, “I’m Not Racist”
  • Janelle Monáe, “PYNK”
  • Tierra Whack, “Mumbo Jumbo”
Best Song Written for Visual Media
  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Coco
  • “Shallow,” A Star Is Born
  • “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
Best Pop Solo Performance
  • Beck, “Colors”
  • Camila Cabello, “Havana (Live)”
  • Ariana Grande, “God Is a Woman”
  • Lady Gaga, “Joanne”
  • Post Malone, “Better Now”
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Camila Cabello, Camila
  • Kelly Clarkson, Meaning of Life
  • Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  • Pink, Beautiful Trauma
  • Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  • Taylor Swift, Reputation

To see the full list of nominees, just watch the official GRAMMY nominee-announcement below 🙂

Alina Eberstaller

Just an austrian writer, on her way to become a Journalist :)

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