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Music - Jan 11, 2017

GRAMMY Awards 2017: Epic Snubs and Surprises

Who didn’t make the cut? And who unexpectedly did?

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It wouldn’t be a real awards show without a bout of serious snubbing. And while we’re stoked to see nominees like Rihanna, Adele and Beyoncé slay at this year’s GRAMMY Awards®, we’re still reeling at some of these exclusions and selections.

Snubbed! “Pillowtalk” by Zayn

The first Directioner to fly solo, Zayn blew us away with his incredible R&B slow jam “Pillowtalk.” After hitting No. 1 on several international charts and considered one of the most replayed tunes of 2016, it’s undeniable that this British musician’s debut song was robbed of a Best Song of the Year nom. A nomination would have made GRAMMY® history, with Zayn as the first British South Asian performer to be up for the award. But don’t despair, Zayn, your fans still love you – tonight and always.

Snubbed! Alessia Cara

His previous One Direction fame disqualified Zayn for a Best New Artist nod, but there was no excuse for the shunning of Brampton, Ont.-born singer-songwriter Alessia Cara in this category. Her sleeper hit “Here” snuck into the Top 10 charts in the U.S and Canada. At least the Junos had the good sense to give this 20-year-old artist the Breakthrough Artist of 2016 award.

Snubbed! “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

The much fussed-over EDM song written by exes Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift (former alias Nils Sjöberg) gave us all a great dance jam. Yet despite receiving worldwide acclaim and reaching more than a billion views on YouTube, the Musical Academy chose to exclude “This Is What You Came For” from this year’s nomination roster. More’s the pity because Harris and Swift’s win would have made for one brilliantly awkward acceptance speech. As for Rihanna … with so many new nominations to her name, we doubt she’s concerned with this particular snub.

Surprise! Beyoncé nominated for Best Rock Performance

We loved watching Queen Bey’s rise to power in the pop and hip-hop world, and we’re completely down with her conquering every other genre in the musical realm. Among her many well-deserved nominations – including Album of the Year for Lemonade – the superstar songstress is also up for Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” The only thing missing is a nod to her album’s country-music track “Daddy Lessons.”

Surprise! Amy Schumer nabs two nominations

Who says the GRAMMY Awards® are all about the music? Funnywoman Amy Schumer garnered a nom for Best Spoken Word for the audiobook reading of her bestseller The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. What’s more: Schumer’s Live at the Apollo special is up for Best Comedy Album. Here’s hoping she steals Kanye’s thunder once more on the red carpet.

Surprise! The GRAMMY Awards recognize Apple Music and Tidal

ICYMI: streaming is the way of the future. Similar to how the Emmys® chose to acknowledge Netflix original shows, the GRAMMY Awards® now let streaming-only albums put themselves in the running as contenders. With this nifty new ruling in mind, Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book – initially an Apple Music exclusive – is now up for Best Rap Album. And let’s not forget: Beyoncé’s stream-it-on-Tidal album Lemonade also picked up a slew of much-deserved nominations.


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The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® air live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5p.m. PT on City™.


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