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Artists and fans of music revere a Grammy award as the holy grail of musical achievement, which is why Grammy nominations are a very big deal.
On Wednesday, nominees for the top categories of the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced. In the Record of the Year category, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” made the list along with “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys; “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson; “We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monae; “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye Featuring Kimbra; and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift.
In the Album of the Year category, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange made the list along with “El Camino,” The Black Keys; “Some Nights,” fun.; “Babel,” Mumford & Sons; and “Blunderbuss,” Jack White.
In the Song of the Year category, Miguel’s “Adorn” made the cut as well as “The A Team,” Ed Sheeran, songwriter (performed by Ed Sheeran); “Call Me Maybe” Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen); “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Jorgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson); “We Are Young,” Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. featuring Janelle Monáe).
In the New Artist category, Frank Ocean made the cut along with Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, and The Lumineers. In the R&B Album category, R. Kelly’s Write Me Back made the list along with Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment; Back To Love, Anthony Hamilton; Beautiful Surprise, Tamia; and Open Invitation, Tyrese. In the Rap Album category, 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story album made the cut, along with Take Care, Drake; Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco; Life Is Good, Nas; Undun, The Roots; and God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross.
Each year there seems to be at least one disgruntled artist who vocalizes disappointment in not receiving a nomination. Last year singer/songwriters Jill Scott and Miguel felt snubbed for not receiving a nomination. Jill Scott tweeted: 0 nominations. I’m speechless. Cover of Billboard, #1 cd in the country, tied/broke the record for Urban radio. Ok…so…ok. Wow. Miguel tweeted: Damn, this really hurts. Congrats to all the nominees I’m F*cking Pissed Yo. I don’t think I’m Gods gift to music but I know the Album or at LEAST Sure Thing should have been Nominated. All G. Ill Work Harder Then. BET. Both artists were arguably great candidates for a nomination, but the nominating committee didn’t seem to think so.