THANK U, NEXT!

Grammy sur­prises and snubs

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - MES­FIN FEKADU

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.

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