Grammys snub numerous artists in nominations for 2021 awards


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Billie Eilish, who won Artist of the Year at the 2020 Grammys, still holds the record for the youngest solo artist in history to win such a distinguished award. Many fans were angered over the countless artists who were snubbed in the 2021 Grammy nominees list.

The Grammys have done it again. After trying to practice what they preach, they have let their fans down for yet another year.

Many talented artists have been nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards but they have managed to miss countless musicians who have made history this year.

The Weeknd, for instance, deserved to win Album or Record of the Year with his fourth No. 1 album in the US, “After Hours,” or even his platinum record, “Blinding Lights.” “After Hours” reached the Billboard 200 for four consecutive weeks and sold over 444,000 sales, and “Blinding Lights,” made over 6 million units in the U.S. alone, earning its platinum title.

Halsey’s “Manic,” released in early January, sold over 2.75 million copies globally and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Halsey also broke the record for the largest sales week for an album by a woman since September 2019, yet she received zero Grammy nominations.

The success surrounding BTS’s hit single “Dynamite” was too good to only be nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. After reaching No. 1 on the Global 200 with 92.1 million streams, “Dynamite” became the most-streamed and most-sold song globally. 

BTS also holds the title for the biggest Spotify debut with “Dynamite,” which generated 7.778 million streams, just on its debut day, which shows greater reason for BTS to be nominated for Record of the Year or at least Song of the Year. 

With a platinum award and Lil Uzi Vert’s second U.S. No. 1 album “Eternal Atake” should have received a Grammy nomination at the least, but he was left out of this year’s ceremony entirely. 

The Grammys are an awards show meant to highlight and recognize incredible talent and the work that countless artists put into their songs…”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

“Eternal Atake” debuted its first week on the Billboard 200 with over 400 million streams in the U.S. alone. At the time of its release, it became the fourth-largest streaming debut album and became the biggest hip-hop debut of 2020. 

After the major success surrounding “Moral of the Story,” Ashe deserved to be nominated for Best New Artist of the Year. 

After gaining popularity from being featured in “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the song debuted at No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and gained 9.7 million U.S. streams. Ashe also debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, yet received zero Grammy nominations.

The Grammys are an awards show meant to highlight and recognize incredible talent and the work that countless artists put into their songs, and especially the achievements these artists have and gain throughout their careers. 

It’s not just this year where the Grammys have managed to snub many incredible and successful artists. In past years, fans have been outraged over the nomination choices for the Grammys.

In one instance, because of the massive success surrounding “reputation,” many fans believe Taylor Swift deserved to win in 2018. However, the album was only nominated for Best Pop Vocal album. 

After changing her entire platform from a cheesy pop singer to a rockstar, fans immediately crowded to listen to “reputation” to hear what Taylor Swift had to offer. After reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 100, it became the first No. 1 solo by a woman to surpass 84.4 million streams, and sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.

While she still received an award for Best Pop Vocal Album and four additional awards, Amy Winehouse’s nomination for Album of the Year for “Back to Black,” at the 2008 Grammy awards was deemed not enough by her many fans. 

This disappointing repeat is a reminder that sometimes awards ceremonies like this might not be credible enough to get a real focus of what music is like.”

— Staff Writer Joslyn Weber

With over 16 million copies sold worldwide and the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century, Winehouse lost Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters,” a Joni Mitchell cover album, which angered many fans at the time.

In 2013, the Grammys chose indie pop trio fun. for Best New Artist over rising R&B artist, Frank Ocean. After their debut album was released in 2009, and the rising success over their hit album “Some Nights” increased after 2012, and while one could make the argument that fun. wasn’t technically a “new artist” at the time, the Grammys decided to choose them over Ocean.

Not only is it an insult to Frank Ocean and the work he put into his debut album, it was just unfair. “channel ORANGE,” Ocean’s debut album, debuted at No 2. on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold 131,000 copies within its first week. This overwhelming success and the fact that Ocean was a successful new artist was easily justifiable for Ocean to win Best New Artist over fun.

While Esperanza Spalding’s success and recognition as a jazz artist in the 2011 Grammy awards was revolutionary, there was also a widespread upset because of her win of Best New Artist over Drake, Justin Beiber, Mumford and Sons, and Florence and the Machine. 

With Drake fresh out of the popularity of “Degrassi” and Justin Bieber with a massive upcoming following of teenage girls, many people who watched the 2011 Grammy Awards were upset over the results of the Best New Artist category. 

There are countless talented artists that get recognized at the Grammy awards for their success, but there has also been many who have either been just nominated or not even recognized for the success they have had in their musical career.

This disappointing repeat is a reminder that sometimes awards ceremonies like this might not be credible enough to get a real focus of what music is like.