With the “Huge 4” classes — Album, Report, and Track of the Yr, and Greatest New Artist — expanded from the standard 5 nominees to a extra unwieldy eight this 12 months, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards had been tougher to foretell than ever. And there have been actually a number of shockers at Sunday’s ceremony. However certainly most viewers didn’t count on that Kendrick Lamar, 2019’s most-nominated artist, can be nearly utterly shut out.
SNUB: Kendrick Lamar
Lamar went into Sunday’s ceremony with eight nods, however he solely picked up one award, for Greatest Rap Efficiency award — and in a uncommon tie consequence, he really needed to share that honor with co-winner Anderson. Paak. Lamar was the entrance runner to win Album of the Yr for his curated Black Panther soundtrack, however he misplaced that award for a fourth time — after being nominated in 2014 for Good Child, M.A.A.D Metropolis, in 2016 for To Pimp a Butterfly, and simply final 12 months for DAMN., which really gained a Pulitzer. As an alternative, Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour clinched the highest award. Lamar most likely doesn’t remorse sitting out this 12 months’s Grammy ceremony.
It wasn’t a lot a shock that Drake gained Greatest Rap Track for “God’s Plan,” even when he mentioned, “I positively didn’t suppose I used to be successful something.” It was extra stunning that he really turned as much as settle for his award, since he has accused the Grammys of being racist previously, and in 2017 he even refused to submit his music for nomination consideration. This 12 months he, like Lamar, reportedly turned down an invite to carry out on the present. Drake appeared considerably nonplused by his win Sunday, placing issues into perspective for different artists on the market by saying, “You’ve already gained if in case you have people who find themselves singing your songs phrase for phrase. If you’re a hero in your hometown, if there may be individuals who have common jobs who’re popping out within the rain, within the snow, spending their hard-earned cash to purchase tickets to come back to your exhibits, you don’t want this [Grammy trophy] proper right here, I promise you, you already gained.”
SNUB: Woman Gaga
The A Star Is Born theme “Shallow” appeared just like the frontrunner to win Report and Track of the Yr, however it misplaced in each classes to “This Is America” by Infantile Gambino — who wasn’t even there to simply accept his awards in particular person.
SNUB: Linda Perry
Solely seven ladies have ever been nominated for Producer of the Yr, Non-Classical — and no feminine producer has ever gained. Perry, the primary feminine nominee since 2004, appeared set to vary all that, particularly on an evening that very overtly celebrated ladies. She even directed the Grammys’ Dolly Parton tribute. However Perry in the end misplaced to Pharrell Williams.
The mysterious soul stylist and five-time nominee was the one Greatest New Artist contender to be nominated in any of the “Huge 4” classes, together with her self-titled debut up for Album of the Yr. However she misplaced within the Greatest New Artist class to British pop singer Dua Lipa. Nonetheless, H.E.R. didn’t go house empty-handed: She gained for Greatest R&B Album and Greatest R&B Track.
SURPRISE: Greta Van Fleet
The spinoff retro rock band has develop into America’s most hated — mainly the brand new Nickelback — since their disastrous Saturday Night time Stay efficiency and a scathing, viral Pitchfork album evaluate. However their EP From the Fires nonetheless controversially gained Greatest Rock Album over old-school favorites Alice in Chains, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy and critically acclaimed earlier Grammy-winners Ghost.
SURPRISE: Woman Gaga
Everybody anticipated Gaga to have a fantastic night time, after all. However the truth that she gained Greatest Pop Solo Efficiency not for “Shallow” however for the title monitor from her underwhelming 2016 studio album, Joanne — over smashes like Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (which really opened Sunday’s telecast), Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Girl,” and Submit Malone’s “Higher Now” — was positively surprising.
SNUB: Pete Shelley, Vinnie Paul, XXXTentacion
The primary-wave punk forefather, Pantera founder, and controversial rapper had been essentially the most noticeable omissions within the broadcast’s In Memoriam section.
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