Wednesday, April 24, 2024

SHOCKER 2021 Grammy Nominations SNUBS The Weeknd, Gets Zero Nods, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan Also Strike Out


GRAMMY SHOCKER: The Weekend was totally snubbed by the Grammys. No nominations at all for his album, “After Hours,” or any of the hits on it.

EVERY predictor of the Grammys predicted The Weeknd would WIN Best Album and be nominated in many categories. He didn’t even get R&B noms. “After Hours” omission is a scandal. The album sold 1.8 million copies including streaming, nearly 500,000 CDS and downloads.

What happened???

The overall nominations are exceedingly weird. Keep refreshing for the full list.

Now we know why Alicia Keys isn’t hosting the show. She released a new album and they gave her nothing. Nothing. Her “Underdog” should have been in the mix. I’m shocked.

I did say that The Weeknd would be punished for participating in Sunday’s American Music Awards, and I was right.

Bob Dylan was totally overlooked for his acclaimed, “Rough and Rowdy.”
Not even in Traditional or Pop. Nothing.

Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” album picked up a few nods but no Album of the Year.

Coldplay, whose 2020 album sold two copies and disappeared from the charts, got an Album of the Year nod.

Justin Bieber, whose music is negligible, got nods for his records “Yummy” and “Intentions.”

There was nothing for Ariana Grande either, despite having several releases.

A key winner in the noms is Brittany Howard, of the group Alabama Shakes. Her solo debut album, a sales flop, had several entries.

The “Rock” category is a total embarrassment, by the way. Rock has been so diminished that the nominees barely matter. Many of the “lesser” categories are from people never heard of. It’s quite amazing. If the Recording Academy was going for diversity they also delved into the unknown.

And Post Malone, maybe the height of mediocrity, was nominated for Album of the Year. Don’t tell me publicists and execs weren’t influential this year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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