The nominations for the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards are out. And, as with every year and just about every other awards show in the world, some of the nominations — or lack-thereof for certain artists — left the interwebs with a lot to talk about. We took a look at the nominations, and, after throwing celebrations for some of our favorite acts’ fortune and rioting in the name of others’ snubs, we’ve compiled a list of some of 8 of the most epic highs and gutter lows from this year’s crop of GRAMMY nominations. Get judgmental with us below and feel free to share your highs and lows in the comments:
The Highs :)
Xtina is back, bitches!: Sure, Christina Aguilera’s Bionic album bombed sales-wise and was overlooked by the Grammy Gods last year. Shame, because even though we weren’t swooning over the set in full, it had some of Xtina’s best work (“You Lost Me,” “I Am”…). And that’s only part of what made last year a tough one for Aguilera. But it’s OK. Xtina pushed on through her woes, teamed up with her fellow The Voice coach Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5, sang her face off over a catchy beat, and earned herself a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their chart-topper “Moves Like Jagger.” She’ll also vie for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for the Burlesque soundtrack. You’ve had your laughs, but Xtina is having the last one.
Bruno’s “Grenade” keeps blowing up!: It’s such a great feeling to see a hard-working artist who makes great music get recognized for it. Bruno Mars is one of those artists. He just makes good, honest music. He’s being rewarded handsomely for his honesty as “Grenade,” his soulful little ditty about unrequited love, and the album it’s pulled from, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, lands Bruno noms in the big three: Record, Song, and Album of the Year. But that’s not all. Bruno has three other nominations for a total of six. Blowuptuation!
A historic three-peat for Gaga: Put your paws up! Now lower them. Now bang them together, because Lady Gaga deserves a round of applause. With her Album of the Year nomination for Born This Way, Gaga becomes the first artist in 40 years to land three consecutive AOTY Grammy nominations. The last artist to do it: The Beatles. They earned AOTY nods five years in a row from 1965–1969. How’s that for good company!?
Cheers to Rihanna’s Album of the Year nod!: The Grammy guys TRIED IT last year when they snubbed RiRi’s moody masterpiece Rated R. This year is sweet, sweet vindication as the Bajan beauty’s peppier punch, LOUD, gets an Album of the Year nomination. And you can go ahead and say LOUD isn’t as deserving as other albums that have been left out of this category. But we’d say for Rated R’s snub and the fact that LOUD is filled from start to finish with single-worthy earworms, Rihanna deserves to drink to this achievement. Cheers!
The Lows :(
Grammy love for Beyoncé not on top this year: Clearly the Grammy voters put their love for Beyoncé at the bottom of the ocean somewhere, because the snub level for B’s fricking BEST ALBUM YET, 4, is disgusting! B managed to get a nomination for 4’s swagu-dripping, 90’s-inspired jam “Party” featuring Andre 3000 in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category, and one for Best Long Form Music Video as a director and producer on her I Am…World Tour DVD. But that’s it. That brilliant piece of work that is her fourth album is ignored as a whole. We’re outraged, to be honest.
Robyn is more than dance, people!: Looky here, we love that Robyn consistently rules with noms in the Best Dance Song category. We’re even more happy to see Body Talk Pt. 3 in the Best Dance/Electronica Album category. That album kicked.total.and.complete.ass! But what the hell? Robyn isn’t just a dance artist. She’s a pop star. She should be recognized as such. Sure, she’s doing pop way smarter than some of the reigning pop princesses. Maybe that’s why the Grammy guys can’t handle it. But we’d really like to see Robyn transcend this label and be recognized in some of the major categories for a change. Lord knows she deserves it.
Femme Fatale couldn’t seduce Grammy voters: Was there some kind of ban on pop stars with the first initial B? Like Beyoncé, Britney Spears had one of her most critically-acclaimed albums ignored by the Grammy voters this year. But unlike Bey, who at least managed a couple noms, Brit walks away with the big goose egg. Nothing. Again, outraged.
Cue Kanye-level spazzing–No Album of the Year nom for MBDTF: Kanye is king this year with a leading seven nominations, but, besides his everybody-and-their-mama-assisted jam “All Of The Lights” being up for Song Of The Year, his nominations are confined to the rap categories. Dudes, come on! My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the best-reviewed albums of last year. And rightfully so. It’s effing stunning. It should be competing for Album of the Year. Stay classy, Ye. We’ll spazz for you.