2017 Grammy Nominations: The 6 Biggest Surprises and Snubs

The trophy of the Grammy Awards

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The awards season is fast approaching and the 2017 Grammy nominations are here. We had some heavy hitters come out with new albums this past year, including Beyoncé and Adele. The best-selling albums of the year are Adele’s 25, which is the fastest selling album of all time, Justin Bieber’s Purpose, and Blackstar by David Bowie.

Beyoncé might be farther down the list when it comes to album sales, however she got nine nominations this year including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. But it doesn’t mean she will take all of those awards home, as the show can be pretty unpredictable.

That’s right, an artist’s fans and album sales don’t exactly result in nominations for an award. Every year we have some surprising artists who sneak in and take a nomination over expected artists. Then there are popular songs and artists who get snubbed. Here are the six biggest snubs and surprises of the 2017 Grammy nominations.


1. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake for Record of the Year

The light and happy song was part of Justin Timberlake’s big return to music. Before this he hadn’t released an album since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. So why the long hiatus? “I don’t want to put anything out that I feel like is something I don’t love,” he explained according to MTV. “You just don’t get every day. You have to wait for it.”

Sadly, his new music wasn’t acknowledged by the Grammys and he got snubbed. However, there is still hope for him since “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is also on the soundtrack for the movie, Trolls so it might get nominated for an Academy Award.

2. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber for Record of the Year

This song was pretty much inescapable for some time so it’s surprising that it got no love from the Grammys. But the pop star will probably survive since he got nominated for Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance for “Love Yourself,” and Best Pop Vocal Album.

3. Blackstar by David Bowie for Album of the Year

You would think that David Bowie’s album would have gotten a lot of love given it is his last. However, he’s up for Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Album, and Best Rock Song.

4. “Starboy” by The Weeknd for Record of the Year

This is another song that was all over the place after it was released. It’s also very well produced, however it just didn’t make the cut.


5. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson for Album of the Year

You might not have heard the name “Sturgill Simpson” as much as the other nominees in this category like Adele, Beyoncé, Drake, or Justin Bieber. So that makes his nomination was an interesting surprise and a nod to country music from the award show.

6. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner for Song of the Year

Mike Posner is still on the rise and won a nod over some more established artists, so he’s also a surprising nomination. However, this song did bring him to the forefront and it did catch a lot of attention.

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