The 2017 GRAMMY Award nominations prove the Recording Academy loves Adele and Beyoncé as much as we do, but where the eff were Selena, The Weeknd and Frank Ocean?! Here are the biggest GRAMMY nomination surprises, including the Saltiest Snub, Biggest Head-Scratcher and more. Plus: the Mystery of the Missing Nominees, solved!
The Leaders of the Pack
They don’t call her Beyon-slay for nothing (or did we just coin that?). Queen Bey leads with nine nominations while Drake, Rihanna and Adele nip at her heels. Drake and Bad Gal RiRi scored eight nods (including a couple for their track “Work”) while Adele bagged five, including three of the four most maj categories: Record, Album and Song of the Year. Now we just have to pray we can say “Hello” to some performances from these heavy hitters on Feb. 12.
The Nicest Surprises
Considering she’s been working since she was basically a zygote, it’s hard to fathom that Demi Lovato just scored her first Grammy nod ever, but fathom we must: Demi just popped her GRAMMY cherry with a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination for Confident. Another success story giving us the warm and fuzzies is Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, who made history just by being nominated. The Recording Academy emerged from the dark ages and softened its rules on digital albums this year, allowing streaming-only albums to compete for the first time. This opened the door for Chance the Rapper’s mixtape The Coloring Book (exclusively on Apple Music) to bag seven nominations, including Best New Artist.
The Saltiest Snubs, Explained
Twitter was quick to call out the Recording Academy for dissing The Weeknd and Lady Gaga but you can call off your dogs: both The Weeknd’s Starboy and Gaga’s Joanne were released too late to be considered for the 2017 awards. The Weeknd’s track “Starboy” dropped on Sept. 22, thus squeaking in before the Sept. 30 deadline, but it didn’t manage to get a nom. We’ll also have to wait until 2018 for Bruno Mars to promote his just-released album 24K Magic.
Who Was *Really* Robbed
Solange. Solange. Solange. She got just one Best R&B Performance nod for the song “Cranes In The Sky” but her highly anticipated and wildly popular album, the masterwork A Seat at the Table, deserved way more. Selena Gomez‘s most mature album to date, Revival—whose singles “Hands to Myself” and “Same Old Love” are still rocking the charts—was also shut out. Brampton’s Alessia Cara was notably absent from the nominations as well, particularly from the Best New Artist category where she was most likely to have gotten a shoutout.
…and the disses that have Twitter the most fired up
This one def goes out to Canuck Shawn Mendes whose v. v. “spirited” #Mendes Army is in an absolute tizzy over Mendes being shut out of the awards. The Directioners are also pretty pissed (and using strongly worded language: see below) that their 1D boys got the snub, although ex-member Zayn Malik got no love for his solo project, the creatively titled ZAYN, either.
— 5 weeks of winter (@dulcetbree) December 6, 2016
The Biggest Head-Scratcher:
Maybe this is just me—and please know that I have a deep and enduring love for Justin Bieber—but I was surprised to see Bieber’s”Love Yourself,” his most meh single from Purpose (don’t kill me, Beliebers! I’m one of you!) nominated in multiple categories. But the banger-filled album itself is up for Album of the Year and considering the Bieb’s only won his FIRST GRAMMY EVER last year (srsly), maybe they’re making up for lost time.
What About Frank?
Frank Ocean, the man with one of the most feverishly anticipated albums of the last decade (okay, four years, but STILL), wasn’t nominated for a single Grammy for his visual album Endless. Apparently Frank is just too damn chic for the GRAMMYs—he reportedly didn’t even submit his work for consideration. That means him performing is out of the question so guess we’ll just have to wait another gazillion years to see more of our beloved singer.
The Hometown Heroine
Toronto’s own Kai (who we featured on our 2016 60 Under 30 list and our round-up of 5 New Female Musicians You Need In Your Playlists RN, NBD) earned a Best Dance Recording nod for her vocals featured on Flume’s “Never Be Like You.”