Major artists snubbed

Jayden Palermo and Timothy Paul

On November 28th, the 2018 Grammy nominations were released via Twitter. Music fans  worldwide look forward to this award show yearly, expecting and hoping for their favorite artist to snatch at least one nomination.

This year, though, many fans were especially upset and an uproar of complaints flooded Twitter from many fandoms due to the lack of variety and relevance in the artists nominated. Artists such as Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, to just name a few, were just some of the many artists who fans felt were completely robbed of a nomination.

Billboard’s Female Artist Of The Year, Ariana Grande, was one that most people would’ve expected to obtain possibly a few nominations.

Along with sustaining chart presence with her 2016 pop effort, Dangerous Woman, the singer released “Beauty And The Beast”, a duet with John Legend, in March of this year for the Disney motion picture. Grande submitted this record for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video. The music video, released on March 5th of this year, was very visually pleasing and embodied the magic captured in the Beauty And The Beast film. However, this submission was the least expected to get a nomination.

On June 4th of this year, Ariana Grande emotionally took part in One Love Manchester, a benefit concert to raise money for the victims and their families. Grande, through tears, performed a cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and ended up submitting this cover for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Being that the attack on Manchester Arena was a traumatic and devastating experience for everyone involved, one would think that Grande would’ve been nominated in that category for being able to deliver and carry out such a heavy-hearted and emotional performance, shortly following such a massacre, and still being able to produce quality vocal content.

Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato’s sixth studio album, was another great record to be snubbed.

This record was expected by fans to definitely receive a Best Pop Vocal Album. Coming in at No. 3 on Billboard top 200, Tell Me You Love Me was a highly anticipated pop effort and showcased vocals that Lovato has never shown in any of her previous records. The album also consisted of a new sound delivered by Lovato that would even recruit new fans.

“Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez, one of the most critically acclaimed singles of 2017, wasn’t given a single nomination, which came as sheer shock to fans. Many expected it to at least receive Best Pop Solo Performance, as it was praised by critics throughout the year for its fresh and interesting new sound and Gomez delivering her light and whispery vocals to the track.

Some in particular include Rolling Stone listing it at #13 for best songs of 2017, GQ naming it one out of 13 songs that “Defined Music in 2017” and TIME magazine ranking it at #8 of its “Top 10 Songs of 2017” and labelling Selena as “the most sonically experimental of her generation of Disney alumni, an avant-gardist in a pop-star costume.”

A smash summer radio hit, “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus that got immense radio play was also not nominated, a shock to many fans. The song rose to #10 on the billboard hot 100 and went #1 in over 30 countries and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

This was Miley’s huge comeback and although her album “Younger Now” sold much less than expected, the lead single did very well and deserved a nod in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.

“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars was yet another song that blew up during the summer, receiving constant radio play alongside “Malibu”, yet managed to earn placement in three different categories: Song Of The Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.

Many fans of Cyrus were upset at this, seeing as how “Malibu” had been climbing the charts as well as “That’s What I Like”, during the year. It only seemed right for Malibu to be given at least one nomination.

So many worthy artists did not obtain recognition by The Grammys this year, as they should have. With the way that these artists topped charts in 2017, it is still hard to believe that they were snubbed in the way that they were.