Grammys 2016: 5 Biggest Snubs from Carly Rae Jepsen to Leon Bridges
The 2016 Grammy nominations were rolled out on Monday (Dec. 7), and there the results, for the most part, were expected. Kendrick Lamar leads the nominees with 11 nods, while Taylor Swift and The Weeknd also tallied high with seven nominations apiece. While there were a few surprises along the way (big nominations for Alabama Shakes and Courtney Barnett, some of the biggest shocks were who was shut out of the Grammys.
From Carly Rae Jepsen's triumphant pop gem to crunchy alt-rock albums from Sleater-Kinney and Fall Out Boy, here are the five biggest snubs of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
01. Carly Rae Jepsen, EMOTION
Carly Rae Jepsen had a big order to fill after taking over pop in 2012 with the release of her earworm single for the ages "Call Me Maybe." On EMOTION, she delivered, crafting a seamless yet diverse record with 15 pop gems, and the record was a quick critic favorite of the year. Jepsen seemed like a lock for Pop Vocal Album of the Year, and potentially Album of the Year, but she was completely shut out of the awards in favor for less punchy releases from the likes of James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson. When the glitz of Taylor Swift's 1989 was enough to get it an AOTY nod, maybe having two polished pop pieces felt like too much competition for the Swift juggernaut.
02. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return to rock music in 2015 with their first new LP in nearly a decade, No Cities to Love. There seemed to be everything here for a Sleater-Kinney nomination: a critically acclaimed album that got similar raves from fans, a legendary act's return and a narrow field for rock and alternative albums. And yet, Sleater-Kinney got the snub, in favor of some left-of-field releases from Slipknot and Highly Suspect in rock and the less-alt Wilco and My Morning Jacket in the alternative category. Maybe next comeback, ladies.
03. Jason Derulo, "Want to Want Me"
A singles-heavy artist like Jason Derulo doesn't immediately scream "Grammy nominee," but there is no denying that his single "Want to Want Me" is a major artistic leap. Filled with a retro disco falsetto vocal and a hook that will wiggle its way into your head for days, "Want to Want Me" was a major artistic marker of growth for Derulo and a song that actually resonated with critics. However, when it came to Best Pop Solo Performace, we got Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," which is a solid song but one better suited for a songwriting category than a performance one.
04. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty American Psycho
Fall Out Boy arguably had one of the biggest years of its career with "Centuries" and "Uma Thurman" sticking around on the rock and alternative charts for weeks and weeks on end. However, the commercial success couldn't translate to a Grammy nomination for FOB, who have only been nominated for one Grammy for Best New Artist. Perhaps the band's experiments with sampling and their inherent pop hooks swayed Grammy voters away, who opted to nominate more straightforward rock acts such as Death Cab for Cutie, Slipknot and Highly Suspect.
05. Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges is, in fact, nominated for one Grammy this year: Best R&B Album for Coming Home. However, the recent SNL performer seemed destined for a little more at this year's ceremony. With the academy's love of old school music and giving a more obscure act a chance, Bridges seemed like a sure thing for Best New Artist, but he was moved aside for more adult contemporary acts like James Bay and Meghan Trainor. The "obscure" artist of the year vote seems to have gone to Courtney Barnett, leaving Bridges out of the main four categories (and making them a whole lot less diverse in the process).