Grammy Awards Nominees: 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises – From Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga

Grammy Awards Nominees: 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises – From Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga

Hey guys, where's Justin Timberlake?

The nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed on Friday night, and in our attempt to make sense of it all, TheWrap brought in Damon Williams, Vice President of Programming & Content Development at Music Choice to determine the 10 biggest snubs and surprises leading up to Music's Biggest Night. Here's the breakdown:

Snub: ”Applause”
OK, so Lady Gaga and “ARTPOP” aren't exactly doing so well these days. Though the meat-wearing-when-she's-not-naked artist's album's Nov. 6 release date missed the Grammy cut-off, the better-received single, “Applause,” came out well earlier — at the exact same time as Katy Perry's “Roar.” And Gaga's pop song as a standalone is a pretty good one, and isn't exactly an unknown. Williams thinks “Applause” belongs alongside Perry's hit in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, though he admits Gaga “tried to go head to head with Katy, and lost.”

Also read: Grammy Awards: The Complete List of Nominees

Snub: Bruno Mars “Unorthodox Jukebox” for Album of the Year
How did this album not qualify for the cut? After all, Mars is nominated for several hit songs … yet not the well-rounded album that houses them? Not cool, says Williams. We agree.

Snub: Imagine Dragons for Best Rock Album
Williams is disappointed in the lack of “youth movement” in the rock album category. And who can argue with him? Here are the non-Kings (of Leon) and non-Queens (of the Stone Age) Best Rock Album nominees: Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young. What year is this? We're not saying they're old, but their movie tickets are a lot cheaper than yours.

FL-GA-line-nellySnub: Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, “Cruise”
This song was everywhere this year — except for the Grammy nominations, apparently. Williams lamented the general lack of  youth in this category as well. It's an all-time great crossover track; put em in an envelope, Grammys!

Snub: Justin Timberlake's Got No Rhythm or Blues, Apparently
The man who won the American Music Award for Favorite R&B Album isn't even nominated for a Grammy in the category. Um, what? OK, so we know the two awards shows are different, and obviously their voting processes are not simpatico, but if anyone should take home a trophy at both awards shows, it's Justin. Crazy oversight. The Grammy's noticed JT in the Pop Solo Performance category, so he still may take home another sweet paperweight.

Also read: ‘Sound of Music Live’ Is a Hit: 10 More Dream Musicals We Want to Hate-Watch on NBC

And now for the surprises:

Surprise! Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” Nominated for Album of the Year
“Not one of their greatest albums,” Williams simply put it to TheWrap. The nomination seems to rely pretty heavily on the existence of “Get Lucky,” which itself leaned firmly on the greatness of Pharrell Williams, who is having an absolute monster year. Still, being nominated for a super-catchy track and being nominated in the night's biggest category are two very different things. Just ask Robin Thicke.

kendrick-lamarSurprise! Kendrick Lamar Love
See, not all surprises are bad. The multiple nominations for Lamar were a huge leap in the right direction, Williams said. Williams made no bones about it — the guy really wants to see the talented young Compton rapper take home a statue next month. Though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will probably have something to say about that in shared categories. But on a positive note, both hip-hop acts getting nominated all over the place Friday night was nice to see from an Academy that tends to skew older and reward name rappers, like:

Surprise! Jay Z and Kanye West for Best Rap Album
OK, these nominations were not at all really surprising — though that doesn't mean they were completely deserving. West was actually trying hard to not make a popular album full of singles and he still got the nod here. Perhaps getting new blood in there by way of J. Cole would have been a nice “Surprise.”

Also read: 10 Things You Didn't See on the American Music Awards Broadcast

Surprise! Sara Bareilles Will Take on Katy Perry
Bareilles’ project just didn't resonate with Williams. Did “Brave” make it to Best Pop Solo Performance against Katy Perry simply because the two songs famously sound exactly alike? That part isn't Bareilles’ fault, since hers came first. But “The Blessed Unrest” also got the huge Album of the Year nod. Did you expect that? Did Bareilles even expect that?

Surprise! Alicia Keys in R&B
“Girl on Fire” is “definitely not one of her better albums,” Williams told TheWrap of Keys’ latest. And the man who serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation should know. The bigger issue: Keys personifies the whole R&B category, which Williams says consists of “a lot of people who have been around for a long time … who have a just OK album” this time around.

“You just don't see the depth,” Williams explained in his main category of expertise.

So we'll ask again: Where's Timberlake?

  • Zoe

    Flopplause? Never had a chance. Lady Gaga is pretty much over. She'll try her best to stay relevant but the public has decided to cast her out… Bye GaGa! <3

    • RS

      **Looks for We Can't Stop**

      LOL!

      At least Applause has a shot at Short Form Video nomination in January. #MaybeASixthGrammyForGaga
      #FlopleyCyrusUnheardOfLOL

      • Zoe

        She submitted Wrecking Ball. That song slayed 2013 WAY more than Flopplause and you know it. Should've went head to head with Roar. PINK??? WTF! lol.

  • titus

    Sara deserves her nods..enough said!

  • ARTFLOP

    4 submission and yet zero nomination…

  • lmfao

    Where is Gaga's GRAMMYs nomination?

    ***cricket sound***

    Krik Krik Krik…

    • Emilie Morin

      Don't worry about her, she's got 5 grammys already, and after Britney Spears she has the most of awards and nominations of all the time.

      • JohnInGermany

        What are you talking about? Beyonce has pretty much both of them beat in nominations and awards. 47 nominations and 17 awards? You might want to do a little research before you post any more gaGarbage. She's not and never will be the second coming. More formidable women have risen further than she could ever dream to.

        Gaga's problem is hubris. She arrogantly thought she could single-handedly reinvent a word and call her own creation. Artpop? Really? Her creative team should be fired. She needs to drop the wigs, drop the gimmicks and go out on the road solo–with ORIGINAL material. She relies too heavily on the twitterverse and other social media to control her destiny. She lost her art. She needs to find it again.

        • Emilie Morin

          Idiot ! I don't talk about only the grammys awards, but all the awards she has got in the word

          • JohnInGermany

            I think instead of little monster, I'll call you little brat. No, you did not talk about other awards. You specifically talked about Grammys. Learn to write in complete thoughts, please. Nobody wants to attempt to read your warped little mind.

          • Emilie Morin

            If you don't learn to read and understand a sentence is not my fault !

          • JohnInGermany

            Oh honey, is English your first language? Yikes! A coherent sentence represents a coherent mind. Looks like you lost that one!

      • Dave

        Lady Gaga is 28 years old and have $190 million net worth. And like you said 5 grammys and loads of other awards. I think she will be ok.

  • RIP Lady Gaga (2008-2013)

    Lady Germagonorrhea's “Applause” was submitted for….

    Record of the Year

    Song of the Year,

    Best
    Pop Solo and

    Best Music Video.

    Didn't get one nod in any of ‘em.

    :(

    • Zoe

      Love your screen name! Preach!!!! <3

  • JoanneAngelina

    A travesty that Unorthodox Jukebox and Applause didn't get nominated, happy to see Kendrick and Sara Bareilles get nods though, very well deserved indeed.

  • Naillij

    Seriously. Really. Unorthodox Jukebox is not on the Album of the Year category. Not sounding greedy coz I know Bruno has already got many nominations BUT his album deserves it! EVERY SONG IN THAT ALBUM MATTERS!

  • Rosario

    Funny y'all think gaga is humiliated..that biitch is lying naked on top of her millions while you think youve ended her.haha

    • JohnInGermany

      well, yeah, she pretty much has been. Yeah, she has millions. But I doubt that is enough to keep Gaga happy. She'll need to reboot, retool and drop those hideous wigs. It's over!

      • Emilie Morin

        “But I doubt that is enough to keep Gaga happy” Do you know her ? I mean personally ? I don't think so ! She ‘s rich, she is in love, soon she'll tour, and the next weeks ARTPOP will be sold to a million copies. She can be happy
        She does what she wants. And if you didn't like it …. Nobody forces you to listen, or watch her or pay attention to her..

        • JohnInGermany

          sures, all of her drug binges really is the indication of a happy woman. OH please, that whole relationship thing is a joke. The guy is gayer than a 3 dollar bill.

          I don't hate lady gaga. I actually think she is quite talented. I just hate that she has to hide behind so many histrionics to make herself feel special.

          She keeps ripping off other artists, and that's what I hate. Heck, even her name isn't original.

          • Emilie Morin

            WOW ! WHO ARE YOU to say his boyfriend is gay ???? You really hate her to say all these bullshit !

          • JohnInGermany

            I don't hate her. But you love her blindly. She's an opportunist who sold out. Her “boyfriend” is an arranged relationship. You know, dear, her shit stinks too!

            Lighten up and expand your horizons, little brat. There are plenty of artists out there that really are just that… artists!

          • Emilie Morin

            I know a lot of artist, don't worry about me, i didn't expect you…. You don't know me, and you don't know Lady Gaga, and you have the pretension to know our lives… This is what i found ridiculous… You're more affected that I thought

          • JohnInGermany

            Funny! Ok, so English isn't your first language. fine. But your diatribe really was not coherent. Back to English lessons you go!

            But hey, sister. Karaoke is not art! Newsflash! Karaoke singers are not artists! Gaga is not original and she pretty much steals from everyone before her–errrr… including her name!

            I'm much older than you and have worked in the business (albeit a different faction), more than you ever will. Gaga, Perry et al., will fade. Gaga doesn't have the staying power. She can, if she gets real and drops the gimmicks. But you'll be holding candlelight vigils until you die if you think she's going to last.

            No, dear, you're a little brat. You've drunk the kool(k) aid and there's no coming back to reality!

          • She's broke

            He's gay, darling. Now wipe off your tears, brush your wig and get back out there dancing.

          • Emilie Morin

            Oh please, the only one who need to wipe off her tears, this is you. But I understand why you talk about her personal life… Because you have nothing else to say… Pathetic

    • She's broke

      It will all be paid back to Interscope or do you have COMPLETELY zero idea how the recording industry works?

      She's broker than MC Hammer. All those wigs and costume changes and the fattest payola campaign in music industry history cost some real shekels. It ain't for free. Bitch gonna have to pay up or I'scope will sue to get it. The wall is coming. She's done.

      Even Neil fucking Bogart wouldn't sign Gaga. She's no millionaire, so spare us that holiday image from your wet dreams. Once accounts receivable is done breaking down the numbers, Stef and Daddy are going to have to pay up, and we will just SEE how many pennies she's got left.

      • Rosario

        250,000 first week sales is a hiccup when its compared to her imperial status..her number 2 spot on forbes list doesnt help your silly theory either..she spends millions on frivolities because she can..when was the last time you did that with yours?Oh? you dont have any?thats so sad..

  • HatersGonHate

    All of these people giggling about “flopplause” not being nominated and gaga being over is so incredibly lame. ARTPOP sold more albums worldwide than any other female artist this year. More than 250000 albums sold in the first week in USA is considered a flop now? :s

  • http://UrbanMediaDaily.com/ UrbanMediaDaily.com

    I cant wait to see it

  • Stephen Silver

    Now all Lady Caca fans are going to vieW time and again “Flop What U want” LOL they hope it can reach the top ten LOL #Lame

    • Emilie Morin

      You're pathetic..

      • Stephen Silver

        A Flop artists without a doubt, this is the year-end by Lady caca:

        Applause Hot 100 Songs: #37, Hot 100 Airplay Songs: #48, Hot Digital Songs: #39, Mainstream Top 40 Songs: #37, Adult Top 40 Songs: #45, Dance Club Songs: #35, On-Demand Songs: #43, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs: #8, Canadian Hot 100: #50

        ARTPOP [album]
        Top Billboard 200 Albums: #103

        Lady Gaga
        Top Artists: #25
        Hot 100 Artists: #42
        Top Billboard 200 Artists: #90
        Social 50 Artists: #21
        Top Dance/Electronic Artists: #4
        Top Artists – Female: #7
        Top Current Albums Artists: #89
        Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Artists: #8
        Dance/Electronic Songs Artists: #8
        Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artists: #6 #Pathetic LOL

  • Jacob

    She didn't try to go head to head with Katy, both their songs leaked… And because people compared, and Roar is more commercial, Applause suffered. Its still her #1 radio hit, but the focus is not on that, its on the negative. It's still a great album, we little monsters are in love, so who cares really. Stop the drama, start the music.

  • Stephen Silver

    A Flop artist without a doubt, this is the year-end by Lady caca:

    Applause Hot 100 Songs: #37, Hot 100 Airplay Songs: #48, Hot Digital Songs: #39, Mainstream Top 40 Songs: #37, Adult Top 40 Songs: #45, Dance Club Songs: #35, On-Demand Songs: #43, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs: #8, Canadian Hot 100: #50

    ARTPOP [album]
    Top Billboard 200 Albums: #103

    Lady Gaga
    Top Artists: #25
    Hot 100 Artists: #42
    Top Billboard 200 Artists: #90
    Social 50 Artists: #21
    Top Dance/Electronic Artists: #4
    Top Artists – Female: #7
    Top Current Albums Artists: #89
    Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Artists: #8
    Dance/Electronic Songs Artists: #8
    Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artists: #6

  • Brunotowin

    Bruno Mars deserve album year much better darf punk taylor etc better recorded if the year instead

  • luka92

    Calm down Little Monsters! Gaga will have her glory back in the next year. Check out the rules of the Grammy Award. It is a quote from the official page: “For the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, albums must be released between Oct.
    1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013. Recordings must be in general distribution
    in the United States, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized
    independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order/retail sales
    for a nationally marketed product.” ARTPOP was released in November, so don't worry :D

  • Ari

    Justin Timberlake totally got snubbed for best R&b album. I mean, come on! He released two albums in one year, the Grammy award givers are being stupid about it. He deserves at least Grammy.

  • Pilon Andres

    LADY GAGADONNA ARTPOOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOP FLOPPLAUSE!!!!

  • Johnny Dahlin Peterson

    Imagine Dragons got snubbed on multiple awards!!

  • David

    Lol people you are so pathetic.. You keep telling that Gaga is going to end since 2011 .. She is still here in 2014 and she will be here in 2025.. You will see it. Yes,Katy was more successful this year. What the hell does that mean? Gaga did well too. I honestly believe that Applause was the most interesting song of 2013.ARTPOP is a very good album too .. Stop your bullshit please..