Nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced yesterday and while many well-deserving stars got nods, there were quite a number of equally well-deserving artists that were snubbed.
The 63rd annual ceremony will honor music released within the eligibility period, from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. The show will be broadcast live on January 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
The likes of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa had reasons to smile but as usual, there were hit songs, renowned artists, and beloved albums that were left neglected.
We have listed some artists we believe deserve awards but didn’t even get a nomination.
Keep reading to see Insider’s picks for the 20 biggest snubs, in no particular order.
Released on March 20, 2020, The Weeknd’s “After Hours” is well-deserving of several nominations in different categories so it is safe to say that the fact it didn’t earn is one of the most embarrassing moments in Grammys history. “Blinding Lights” shouldn’t have simply been nominated for record of the year but also song of the year, too.
“Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez should have been nominated for song of the year, or record of the year, or both. Perhaps the Recording Academy forgot what a moment Selena Gomez created when she dropped “Lose You to Love Me” in late 2019. It’s easily her most well-written, emotionally stirring song to date, and a powerful breakup ballad has a perfect song of the year potential. Instead, Gomez was completely brushed aside and received zero nominations.
Another artist shunned by the Recording Academy is Halsy whose third studio album “Manic” failed to make the nomination list cut. As Halsey predicted, however, she was completely shut out of the nominations — much like last year, when “Without Me” deserved song and record of the year acknowledgment.
Released on April 17, 2020, Apple’s “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” groundbreaking album deserves an album of the year award but it didn’t even pick a nod. Described as a a career-topping, unbounded masterpiece from one of music’s greatest songwriters; it has the highest Metacritic rating of any 2020 album with 98/100.