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Grammy surprises and snubs
Toronto superstar Drake emerged one of the leading artists at the Grammy Awards nominations on Friday picking up seven nods, many of them in key categories for this 2018 double-album Scorpion.
Fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes emerged with the first Grammy nominations of his career. The pop singer, raised in Pickering, Ont., was named in two categories — song of the year for In My Blood and best pop vocal album.
Here are five things worth noting about Friday’s nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, from snubs to first-time nominees: THANK U, NEXT It’s another year at the Grammys, and another snub for Ed Sheeran.
Though this singer won two pop honours at this year’s show, he was cut out of the top three categories. This time, he’s nowhere to be found.
Sheeran had one of the year’s biggest hits with Perfect — both the solo version and duet version with Beyonce. But the song didn’t earn any Grammy nods.
Carrie Underwood is in a similar position: She launched the first album where she co-wrote and co-produced each song this year, but the seven-time Grammy winner didn’t pick up a single nomination for the project. Kane Brown, one of the most successful new artists of the year and a dominator on the country charts, was also snubbed. NOMINATED BUT STILL SNUBBED Billboard reported this week that Taylor Swift’s Reputation was the year’s biggest album, but the Grammys don’t agree.
The album surprisingly only earned Swift one single nomination — for best pop vocal album — and was snubbed in the album of the year category. At the Grammys earlier this year, her song Look What You Made Me Do qualified for awards but didn’t garner any nominations.
What could the reason be? HOLLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST While Bradley Cooper earned Golden Globe nominations and is a likely Oscar contender, the Grammys are also part of his awards season.
The actor scored two nominations for his duet with Lady Gaga, Shallow, including record of the year and best pop duo or group performance.
FINALLY FLORIDA Florida Georgia Line have launched multiple hits since they released their debut album in 2012, but they never received Grammy love, until now.
The country duo earned their first nomination ever this year, for best country duo or group performance for Meant to Be, which features Bebe Rexha and is the longest-running No. 1 song on Billboard’s country songs chart. LADIES’ NIGHT Almost a year after Neil Portnow told women to “step up” — which he later corrected — female performers are dominating in the major categories at the Grammys.
Five of the eight album of the year nominees are women, including Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, HER, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B.
Six of the eight best new artist nominees are women, including HER, Jorja Smith, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle, Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa.
Women are also strongly represented in song and record of the year, too, where nominees include Lady Gaga, SZA, Cardi B, Maren Morris, Ella Mai and Carlile.
Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift, inset.