This year’s Grammy nominations included several expected names, including Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd, all of whom scored big. The three music stars nabbed the most nods, thanks to the success of each of their respective albums this year.
Lamar earned a whopping 11 nods, leaving Swift and The Weeknd to tie for second place with seven nominations apiece. Ed Sheeran and country star Chris Stapleton also fared well, with each up for several awards in major categories, including Record and Song of the Year (for Sheeran) and Album of the Year (for Stapleton).
But while their nominations may have been expected, there were plenty other names that didn’t make the cut. Below, check out 12 of this year’s biggest Grammy snubs:
This was a big year for Drake, with two different albums reaching No. 1 on the charts — his surprise solo release, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and his collaborative album with Future. But apparently neither release could help Drake finally break into the Album of the Year category, which he has yet to receive a nomination for. It wasn’t all bad news for the rapper though. He is still up for several awards, with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late nabbing a nod in the Best Rap Album category.
2. Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
When the superstar team debuted its track “FourFiveSeconds” during last year’s Grammy ceremony, it seemed destined to nab a nod this year. But the Grammys failed to give Rihanna and her collaborators any love. The song failed to land either a Record of the Year or Song of the Year nod and was also snubbed in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
3. Fetty Wap
The rapper released three top 10 hits in 2015, including the megasmash, “Trap Queen.” Despite his undeniably strong year, the artist was passed over for a Best New Artist nom (a category that he was nominated in at the VMAs). Still, voters didn’t completely overlook him this year. “Trap Queen” is currently nominated in the Best Rap Performance category.
4. Justin Bieber
Bieber made a surprisingly strong comeback this year, with his two hit singles, “What Do You Mean?” and “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Skrillex. Though both were top 10 hits, neither was nominated for Record of the Year. “What Do You Mean?” also neglected to nab a Best Pop Solo performance nod. The Biebs wasn’t entirely ignored though: “Where Are Ü Now” earned a nomination in the category of Best Dance Recording.
5. Luke Bryan
Despite being one of country’s most popular artists, Bryan has yet to earn a Grammy nod — and unfortunately for him, that didn’t change this year. The singer’s Kill the Lights album reached the No. 1 spot on both the pop and country charts earlier this year. Despite this, Bryan once again failed to earn a nomination for Best Country Album.
6. Mumford & Sons
The English group has earned a lot of love from Grammy voters in the past. Its last album, Babel, took home the prize for Album of the Year three years ago. But the band’s follow-up isn’t faring as well. Wilder Mind was completely shut out this year, getting passed over not only for that top award, but also failing to garner a nod in the Best Rock Album category.
7. Elle King
Her catchy alternative rock single “Ex’s &” Oh’s” was a top 10 hit this year. Despite this, the singer was passed over for a nomination for Best New Artist. But King wasn’t completely shut out. “Ex’s & Oh’s” is still up for an award in the Best Rock Song category.
8. One Direction
Apparently, Grammy voters don’t love boy bands as much as Twitter does. Four, the group’s full-length LP released last year, failed to earn any nominations (note: the band’s most recent album, Made in the A.M., doesn’t meet the Grammy eligibility dates). Needless to say, fans are not happy about it.
9. Carly Rae Jepsen
Pop music fans will notice that Jepsen’s name is missing entirely from the nominations list. The singer, who was previously nominated for her song “Call Me Maybe,” released her second studio album Emotion this year. Though the album earned strong reviews, that apparently wasn’t enough for Grammy voters, as it didn’t land a single nomination this year.
10. Lana Del Rey
Del Rey’s fourth album, Honeymoon, was completely snubbed this year, failing to earn a single nomination. That’s a surprise for the critically acclaimed artist, who previously received a Best Pop Vocal Album nod for Paradise and Best Song Written for Visual Media nomination for “Young and Beautiful.” Still, fans will get to see her at the Grammys this year anyway: She received a nod as a featured artist on The Weeknd’s album of the year contender, Beauty Behind the Madness.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart featured a long roster of producers and special guests, such as Diplo, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj. The album was also well received among critics, who called it some of her strongest work in over a decade. Despite this, she wasn’t able to muster any love from the Academy this year (although Diplo’s work on Heart did help him earn a Producer of the Year nod).
12. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters’s latest LP, Sonic Highways, was eligible in several album categories at the Grammys this year, but it didn’t make the cut. Unlike the band’s previous album, Wasting Light, which earned an album of the year nomination and won multiple awards, voters passed over Sonic Highways in the bigger categories. Still, the group did earn two nods overall: The song “Something From Nothing” is nominated for Best Rock Performance while the feature-length documentary, Sonic Highways, is up in the music film category.
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