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Opinion: Grammy nominations still fall short

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Taylor Donahue, Photo Editor

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Getting upset over Grammy nominations and winners should be a thing of the past.

Every year the list of nominations comes out and there is always that one artist who gets snubbed and has everyone asking if they should really consider the Grammys’ opinion in terms of who released the best music.

The answer is no.

The list for the 2018 Grammy nominations was released Tuesday and revealed both relieving and disappointing surprises. Despite the fact that no real music fan should actually be angry at Grammy nominations, it is amusing to go through the list of nominations and determine who was and was not rightfully nominated, and who should have been nominated.  

Thankfully, relatively new artist Khalid was nominated for five Grammys — including best new artist, where he is up against other standout artists who broke through in 2017: Lil Uzi Vert, Alessia Cara, and SZA. The best new artist category this year will certainly be difficult to predict because, for the most part, everyone who should have been nominated actually was.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Song and Record of the Year. Nominations for Song of the Year have Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” and Best New Artist nominee Julia Michaels’ “Issues” up against Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, and Logic.. The latter choices are certainly worthy contenders, but there were definitely better songs released this year that could have replaced the songs from Bieber and Michaels.

One artist who was definitely snubbed of a nomination, especially for Song and/or Record of the Year, would be Harry Styles, whose song “Sign of the Times” from his debut self-titled album released in May of this year. Along with the Grammys failure to recognize Styles’ talent, Ed Sheeran was snubbed for not only Song of the Year but Album of the Year, considering the success and talent of his single “Castle on the Hill” and his whole album Divide.

Record of the Year is relatively similar to Song of the Year, with “Despacito” again up against fairly more talented artists, like Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Childish Gambino’s hit “Redbone,” and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” all which can and should all be more ranked more highly than Bieber’s overplayed, overrated “Despacito.”

In contrast, Album of the Year actually recognized talent, with repeated nominees like Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Lorde. Each album gained popularity through the talent and each album deserves its spot in the nominees.

The category is dominated by people of color except for Lorde, and she stands as the only female of the category. This group displays the top and most deserving talent of the music industry. As usual, Album of the Year will definitely be one of the most anticipated of the Grammy Awards.

Regardless of the list of nominees and talent, or lack thereof, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards will still stir up Twitter arguments and beef between music fans.

About the Writer
Taylor Donahue, Photo Editor

Senior Taylor Donahue is a third-year staff member and second-year photography editor for The Purbalite. She can be found waiting 20+ hours outside of a concert venue for literally any random concert.  She is never not complaining about how much money she doesn’t have because she spends too much on food and concerts. If you have any connections to getting free concert tickets, she would like to be your friend.

 

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