Here’s Why Adele Wasn’t Nominated for Any Grammys This Year

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2016 Grammys Nominations: The Academy Leaves Off A Notable Rap MVP.

Rap Grammy nominations always an angry Twitter make. Why wasn’t Adele’s 25 — which has been smashing records and garnering critical praise since its release Nov. 20 — completely shut out of the 2016 Grammy nominations this morning? There is no shortage of characters throwing shade at the Academy for omitting this guy (or gal) or for sending a couple nods to an act who may not be deserving. Stapleton’s heralded Traveller was nominated in the all-genre Album of the Year category, where it will vie for the night’s top prize with the cream of pop, hip-hop and rock in Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Alabama Shakes. This year’s lineup came with its tweeted criticism (see: here) but a closer look at the nominations shows there aren’t many moments of clarity other than the Grammys trying to make up for last year’s high-profile blunder, that time when Macklemore strolled away with four awards last January, specifically the best rap album trophy, beating out Kendrick Lamar’s pristine debut good kid, m.A.A.d city.

As many fans likely forgot while they were freaking out about the perceived snub on Twitter, the Grammys have an eligibility period that cuts off the last few months of the calendar year, leading to winter releases being considered the following year. As the final round of nominating for the Grammys ended August 26th, it appears that Stapleton’s huge night at the CMA Awards in early November didn’t benefit him — Traveller was on voters’ radars well before the singer-songwriter’s breakout Justin Timberlake duet. His second major studio effort To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope/Universal) earned rounds of applause for its excellence — and not just Black excellence, though that was the LP’s foundation. Stapleton was reportedly ineligible for Best New Artist due to his prior recordings and nominations as part of the Steeldrivers, who earned a Best Blugrass Album nomination for The Muscle Shoals Recordings in their current Stapleton-free incarnation. Its heart-clutching self-awareness (“The Blacker The Berry” and “Mortal Man”), transparent frustration with society’s ills (“King Kunta”) and vivid wordplay (“These Walls”) found a home with the masses, proving his bars matter.

The 2017 ceremony will likely see an Adele domination, as well as consideration for other late-in-the-year buzzy projects such as Justin Bieber’s Purpose and One Direction’s Made in the AM. Stapleton also sang his way into three of the Grammy Awards’ four country-specific categories, including Best Country Album (for Traveller), Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”) and Best Country Song (“Traveller”). Adeleholics shouldn’t fear, however: While nothing has been officially announced, it seems likely that Adele will take the Grammy stage come February for a showstopping performance of some kind.

Here, Nicki Minaj got a shout out for her emotionally baring LP The Pinkprint while Drake’s viral mixtape-slash-album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late made the list. In Best Americana Album, nominees included Jason Isbell’s Dave Cobb-produced Something More Than Free, along with the Mavericks’ Mono and projects by Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and Punch Brothers. While the Grammy board doesn’t hand out awards for launching a fan Hive, the Atlanta rapper banged on every eardrum with his previous release DS2 — his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and joint project with Drake called What a Time to Be Alive. Whether forwarding blessings from the trap or serving bass at nearly every music festival this year, it feels a little awk to disregard the one who made “Commas” an anthem for all salary levels.

The Paterson, New Jersey rep released the monster smash “Trap Queen” then proceeded to elbow drop the Billboard Hot 100 with four simultaneous top 10 singles, including the aforementioned “Trap Queen,” “Again,” “My Way” featuring Monty and “679” alongside Remy Boyz. Omarion felt some ways about “Post To Be” — arguably a home run when it comes to this year’s hits — landing zero nominations while semi-known acts like Kehlani, Lianne La Havas and The Internet earned Best Urban Contemporary Album nominations. It’s hard to hate on the Grammys when their priority isn’t the Internet’s happiness, but consider Twitter wasted energy to throw pitchforks over their seemingly “out-of-touch” nominations.

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