Grammys 2021 Nominations: Who Was Snubbed and Who Was Recognized…

By: AALIYAH MINNIEWEATHER

For quite awhile, the Grammy Award Ceremony has been noticed and called out for its perceived corruption with who and who doesn’t get awarded and/or nominated. The Grammys were once renowned and highly regarded for being the highest and most prestigious awards in music. They like to pride themselves in recognizing artistry as opposed to commercial performance when giving out their accolades, but they also pick and choose when they want to abide by this ‘specialty’. This has shown, especially in the last few years when the awards sometimes feel like a popularity contest among the artists and the focus seems to be to draw in as many viewers as possible. The way they go about this is frivolous. 

   Another complaint surrounding the Grammys is how subtly vindictive they can be towards artists. In 2019, Ariana Grande took the liberty to publicly say that hardly any of her favorite artists have Grammys or Number 1 records. The very next year in January 2020, she was nominated for so many awards at the Grammys only to walk home with nothing. The Weeknd is now facing a similar situation, only that he isn’t even nominated for anything for the Grammys 2021 ceremony after speaking out for his reasons. The snubbing of The Weeknd and some other artists before for the ceremony can even begin had many on social media in an uproar. It sometimes seems like the Grammys like to spend more energy on getting back at artists than on fairly awarding artists based on their art and talent. 

   For now, we’ll go through who did get for a Grammy this upcoming year and my predictions on who would win. To not have an extremely lengthy article, I will only discuss the General Field, Pop, Rap, and R&B categories here since I assume that these are the categories viewers are most excited about. Here are the nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

General Field 

Record Of The Year 

Black Parade– Beyonce 

Colors– Black Pumas 

Rockstar- DaBaby ft. Roddy Rich 

Say So- Doja Cat 

Everything I Wanted- Billie Eilish 

Don’t Start Now- Dua Lipa 

Circles- Post Malone 

Savage- Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce 

  If I had to take my guess, I would go with “Say So” by Doja Cat. The song became popularized earlier this year through Tik Tok and was a challenge for weeks on end. It is by far Doja’s most popular record and it was proof of how versatile she can be. Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” was a Tik Tok challenge for a prolonged length of time as well, but I just personally feel it didn’t reach the amount of heights “Say So” did, as good of a song it was and although it did perform fairly well. 

Album Of The Year 

Chilombo- Jhene Aiko 

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)- Black Pumas 

Everyday Life- Coldplay 

Djesse Vol. 3- Jacob Collier 

Women In Music Pt. III- Haim 

Future Nostalgia- Dua Lipa 

Hollywood’s Bleeding- Post Malone 


Folklore- Taylor Swift 

  For this category, I highly predict that Taylor Swift will win her 3rd AOY title. I simply believe this because awards shows have a consistent habit for awarding her for categories pertaining strictly to her albums, honestly. Whether she deserves these feats or not is strictly up to the specific observer. But, this is generally how things work when it comes to her though. 

Song Of The Year 

Black Parade- Denisia Andrews, Beyonce, and co. (Beyonce)

The Box- Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade and co. (Roddy Rich) 

Cardigan- Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift) 

Circles- Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, and co. (Post Malone) 

Don’t Start Now- Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, and co. (Dua Lipa) 

Everything I Wanted- Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell (Billie Eilish)

I Can’t Breathe- Dernst Emile II, H.E.R, & Tiara Thomas (H.E.R) 

If The World Was Ending- Julia Michaels and JP Saxe (JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels) 

  I think the main contenders for this category is between Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish. At the last Grammys ceremony, Billie Eilish shocked everyone when she won pretty much every award she was nominated for, including Album of the Year and Best Engineering for her debut album When We Fall Asleep. Where Do We Go? (2019). She also won Song Of The Year and is considered an elite when it comes to her songwriting. And we all Taylor is, well, Taylor. I can definitely see her pulling this award, as well.

Best New Artist 

Ingrid Andress 

Chika 

Noah Cyrus 

D Smoke 

Doja Cat 

Kaytranada 

Megan Thee Stallion 

 To me, it seems that Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion are the most likely to win this award this upcoming year. For the past year, these two have been the most celebrated by the media, the general public, and the industry as female artists and also as pop artists. I just hope that whoever wins this award doesn’t get hit with the ‘industry curse’, which is to have a successful debut year, but poor follow ups.

Now, it’s time to move on to the categories in the fully Pop genre: 

Best Pop Solo Performance 

Yummy- Justin Bieber 

Say So- Doja Cat 

Everything I Wanted-  Billie Eilish 

Don’t Start Now- Dua Lipa 

Watermelon Sugar- Harry Styles 

Cardigan- Taylor Swift 

  For some reason, the Recording Academy seems pretty impressed with Justin Bieber’s “Yummy”. This coming year for the Grammys, the song and his album Changes is nominated for a few awards. I can see the Academy giving him some other award if it’s not this one. If I had to predict who would take this particular award home, it would probably be Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, or taylor Swift. I feel that Dua Lipa had a pretty good rollout for her pop album this year with Future Nostalgia. If she won this award or otherwise any other award she’s nominated for, I wouldn’t be surprised nor mad. 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance 

Un Dia (One Day)- J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, & Tainy 

Intentions- Justin Bieber ft Quavo 

Dynamite- BTS 

Rain On Me- Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande 

Exile- Taylor Swift ft. Bon Iver 

  I think BTS, Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga, or Taylor Swift and Bon Iver are most likely to win this award. I can see Taylor Swift winning the most out of all of them. She’s a pretty good artist and can be creative, but she’s often used for the Recording Academy to support their ‘claim’ that they care about artistry more than commercialism. I can also see Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga winning this based on the merit that they have received all kinds of accolades this year for “Rain on Me”. 

Best Pop Traditional Pop Vocal Album 

Blue Umbrella- (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian 

True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter- Harry Connick, Jr. 

American Standard- James Taylor 

Unfollow The Rules- Rufus Wainwright 

Judy- Renee Zellweger 

  I’ll go ahead and admit that I haven’t quite heard of the artists that are nominated for this award, but I’ll be sure to check them out. It’s always cool to discover new artists. I bet they’re all fantastic. Whoever wins this award, I’ll be happy for them. 

Best Pop Vocal Album 

Changes- Justin Bieber 

Chromatica- Lady Gaga 

Future Nostalgia- Dua Lipa 

Fine Line- Harry Styles 

Folklore- Taylor Swift 

  I think Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift are the top contenders for this award. Lady Gaga has been critically acclaimed all year, including when she won the first-ever ‘Tri-Con’ award at this past Video Music Awards. This “Chromatica” era is looked at as a special and successful comeback for her. If Swift doesn’t win Album of the Year, I totally see her taking the Pop Vocal Album award home. Say what you will about her, but she has always come out with consistently good singles that make up her albums and are arranged very well. If either one of them gets the award, it will be deserved in my opinion.

And now it’s time to discuss the R&B categories:

Best R&B Performance 

Lightning & Thunder- Jhene Aiko ft. John Legend 

Black Parade- Beyonce 

All In Need- Jacob Collier ft Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign 

Goat Head- Brittany Howard 

See Me- Emily King 

Due to Beyonce’s popularity over the others, I can definitely see the Grammys giving this award to her because like I said, the Grammy Awards ceremony can come off as a popularity contest sometimes. I could see how Jhene could be a contender in this factor, but I can’t exactly see the Recording Academy giving her this award over Beyonce, as much as I like both of them. We’ll just have to see who wins. 

Best Traditional R&B Performance 

Sit On Down- The Baylor Project ft. Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor 

Wonder What She Thinks Of Me- Chloe x Halle 

Let Me Go- Mykal Kilgore 

Anything For You- Ledisi 

Distance- Yebba 

  For this category, I’ll say it’s pretty much anyone’s game. You have great artists like Chloe x Halle, Ledisi, and Yebba competing against one another for this award. I can’t wait to see who wins. 

Best Progressive R&B Album 

Chilombo- Jhene Aiko 

Ungodly Hour- Chloe x Halle 

Free Nationals- Free Nationals 

F*** Your Feelings- Robert Glasper 

It Is What It Is- Thundercat 

  I’ll think it’ll be very fantastic to see Chloe x Halle win this award or any other award they are nominated for this year. Their come up in the business is truly inspiring. They have worked from the ground up and mastered their art, and I’m excited to see where their career takes them in the future. Jhene Aiko also released a really good project this year with “Chilombo”. It included some nice vocal arrangements and reached a magnitude of artists. I think that Thundercat’s “It Is What It Is” is an interesting nominee as well. I’m excited to see who wins this category. (It should be noted that Chloe x Halle are also nominated for Best R&B Song with their hit single, “Do It”.) 

Best R&B Album 

Happy 2 Be There- Ant Clemons 

Take Time- Giveon 

To Feel Love/d- Luke James 

John Legend- John Legend 

All Rise- Gregory Porter 

Once again, this could be anyone’s game. All five of these nominees are rising stars that are gaining deserved traction, and are very good at what they do. I’m proud of all the nominees and I’ll be glad for whoever takes this award home.

And now onto the Rap categories: 

Best Rap Performance: 

Deep Reverence- Big Sean ft. Nipsey Hussle 

Bop- Dababy 

What’s Poppin- Jack Harlow 

The Bigger Picture- Lil Baby 

Savage- Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce 

Dior- Pop Smoke 

   I can definitely see the Dababy or Meg Thee Stallion winning the most out of this group of contenders. Dababy recently released a song dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement that was well received and critically acclaimed. The attention both he and Megan have been getting might see them as ‘worthy’ in the Grammys’ eyes. Another person I see winning is Pop Smoke. While he was alive, he was a pretty good artist, so if it was decided by the Grammys to posthumously award him to honor his life and death, it’ll be something I’ll understand. (It should also be noted that Meg Thee Stallion’s “Savage” is nominated for Best Rap Song and will be awarded to its series of writers should it win.)  

Best Melodic Rap Performance 

Rockstar- Dababy ft. Roddy Rich 

Laugh Now Cry Later- Drake ft. Lil Durk 

Lockdown- Anderson .Paak 

The Box- Roddy Rich 

Highest In The Room- Travis Scott 

  I think that Dababy, Anderson .Paak, or Roddy Rich will win this award. Out of all the nominees, Roddy Rich seems to fit the whole ‘Melodic Rap’ mantra extremely well. Anderson .Paak comes really close to him, though. All three of them seem to be critical darlings, so that’s I’m assuming that one of them will win. We shall see. (Dababy and Roddy Rich’s “Rockstar” song is also nominated for Best Rap Song and it will be awarded to Jonathan Lyndale & company shall it win.) 

Best Rap Album 

Black Habits- D Smoke 

Alfredo- Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist 

A Written Testimony- Jay Electronica 

King’s Disease- Nas 

The Allegory- Royce 5’9” 

I’ll admit, I have yet to hear these albums, including Nas’s, but I wish all of the nominees luck! 

The 2021 Grammy Awards Ceremony airs on January 31, 2021 on CBS! Hope you don’t miss it!

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