“It’s the first foreign-language song nominated in both categories since ‘La Bamba” 30 years ago. As the performer most likely familiar to non-rap voters, this year seems set up for him to be a big victor and take home a good chunk if not all of his six nominations. Illinois, which gave us Quincy Jones and Chance the Rapper, and New Jersey, home of Lauryn Hill and Bruce Springsteen, sit in joint third. Drake, Frank Ocean and Kanye West were also all no-shows at the 2017 Grammys – a move that was seen as a rebuke of the show’s failure to reward artists of color. Miranda Lambert, who earned two nominations, was surprisingly shut out of best country album though her double album, “The Weight of These Wings”, was a critical favorite.
In the fall previous year, JAY-Z went on tour to promote the album and that tour turned out to be his highest grossing solo tour ever.
Producer Q-Tip took to Instagram where he vented his upset at being missed out, saying: “I’m sick of y’all f***ing Grammy n***as man”.
After giving the award to Chance the Rapper past year, the academy may once again award the title of Best New Artist to someone outside of the pop genre.
Selected from more than 22,000 submissions, the Grammys will showcase some of the most gifted music makers of the past awards cycle, from October 1 2016, to September 30, 2017.
“That’s all we stood on. And clearly the diversification work that we’ve done for our membership is evident in all of the nominations this year”, Neil Portnow, the academy’s president and CEO, said in an interview. SZA is the most nominated woman with five.
Now you just have to decide which snacks you’ll need. I apologise if I hurt anyones feelings with my disregard for the trophy. Composers Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, and Vladimir Horowitz – who are the first, fourth, and fifth top Grammy-winning artists of all time respectively and have a combined 82 awards – are largely recognized for their contributions to classical music and opera and rarely cross over into mainstream popularity.
Julie Menin, the MOME commissioner who led the city’s effort to return the Grammys to NY, disputed the assessment.
Despite critical and commercial success with his 2017 release Starboy, The Weeknd only received one nomination at next year’s Grammys, for Urban Contemporary Album.
The 60th Grammy Awards are just around the corner and chatter has begun around who will walk away with little gold-plated gramophones at music’s biggest popularity contest. Alessia Cara also holds her own at this year’s Grammys, nominated in three more categories.
Hosted by James Corden, the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, from Madison Square Garden in NY – and if the oddsmakers are correct, there will be a much more diverse group of winners than is typical.