The 2016 Grammy Nominations And All Its Talking Points

Dec 7 2015 BY Gerald Onyango

It was that time of the year again today where music’s biggest awards night, The Grammys, announced the nominations for next year’s awards. If you’re new to The Grammy nominations they tend to cause a large amount of backlash by fans due to their controversial omissions. The Grammys pride themselves on not following trends or what’s charted well but rather focus on the quality releases of the past Grammy year. However, this isn’t always the case – think last year where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walked away with 4 Grammys including one for Best Rap Album beating Kendrick Lamar’s near perfect debut LP, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Let’s also not forget when Kanye West’s magnum opus album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy wasn’t nominated for Album of the Year in 2011! Alas, below are the key talking points of the 2016 Grammy nominations and more.

What The Grammys got right

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After causing one hell of a ruckus in 2014 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis trumping Kendrick to win Best Rap Album, the critics, this time, around have nominated Kendrick for a staggering 11 awards making him one of the most nominated artists for next year’s show and also puts the Compton rapper in good stead for more Grammy wins. This year’s Best Rap Album category was a fair reflection of the past year’s quality rap albums, including nods for J. Cole with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Dr. Dre’s long-awaited comeback album Compton, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint and Drake’s “project” If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Although one omission has and will continue to cause issues up until the awards show next year which we’ll come to shortly. A nod for The Internet’s stunning Ego Death in the Urban Contemporary Album is a testament to the group’s refreshing sound despite their infancy, as well as D’Angelo’s soothing “Really Love” track being nominated for Record of the Year are both signs The Grammys are getting things somewhat right this year.

What The Grammys got wrong

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Not to talk too soon, as mentioned before The Grammys stress that they pay no real mind to the charts or what is trending among listeners, but the omission of Future for any of the rap categories is a huge surprise. Dirty Sprite 2 (DS2) gave Future his first number one album and is easily his best project thus far, nonetheless The Grammys felt the Atlanta rapper’s 2015 effort didn’t warrant a Grammy nod despite his music dominating the year with DS2 and his collaboration project with Drake, What a Time To Be Alive being two of some of this year’s best releases. Big Sean’s popular Dark Sky Paradise that dominated the radio waves earlier this year failed to get a nod in any of the rap categories too, which comes as a surprise particular with the “Blessings” single which is easily one of the best records of the year. A less controversial but still eyebrow worthy omission is Fetty Wap not being nominated for Best New Artist, the guy’s had a stellar 2015 with 4 songs reaching the top 10 of the US’ Billboard charts and has been one of this year’s major breakthrough artists. Nonetheless, “Trap Queen” was nominated for Best Rap Performance which is a tremendous feat in itself. Elsewhere Omarion wasn’t too happy for his club banger “Post To Be” failing to get a nod ahead of next year’s Grammy awards. The R&B singer seemed quite disheartened on twitter, venting his frustration in the below tweet.

 

Notable categories

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Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

What should win: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

What will win: Taylor Swift – 1989

Record of the Year
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Really Love”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face

What should win: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

What will win: Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

What should win: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

What will win: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” / Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart — Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

What should win: Ego Death — The Internet

What will win: Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Best Rap Album
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

What should win: To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar

What will win: To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar