Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Grammy Honor with a Selfie: See How Stars Are …

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Grammy Nominations 2016: Alabama Shakes and Courtney Barnett Surprise in Rock.

We don’t see much rock music on the Billboard Hot 100 anymore, and at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards the requisite alternative artist — Twenty One Pilots — featured exactly zero guitars and shared the stage with ASAP Rocky.

The Weeknd’s impressive tally includes a record of the year nod for Can’t Feel My Face and an album of the year nomination for Beauty Behind the Madness. The nominees for the 2016 awards were announced today (Dec. 7) and Alabama Shakes and Courtney Barnett snagged unexpected nominations amongst the four major categories.

Other Canucks up for trophies on Feb. 15 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles include Stratford, Ont.’s Justin Bieber who nabbed a best dance recording nod for his work with EDM producers-songwriters Diplo and Skrillex on Where Are U Now; Bob Dylan and The Band’s (the latter consisting of four Canadians and one American) The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, which is in the running for best historical album; Joni Mitchell, who is up for best album notes; and Diana Krall’s Wallflower which got the nod for best engineered album, non-classical. Otherwise, here’s a rundown on some of the biggest snubs and surprises in the 2016 Grammy contest made up of 83 categories. (Before you clench your fist, Adele wasn’t eligible this year.) HOTLINE STING: It’s hard to argue that Drizzy was snubbed when he got five nods all in rap categories including best rap album and best rap song. But he had a big year with his mega-selling disc If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and songs like Hotline Bling (released in July but the video didn’t come until mid-Oct), both of which were shut out in the top categories of album, single and record respectively. RIRI WRONGED: There was no love for this former Grammy darling despite such high-profile, cross-generational songs like FourFiveSeconds with Kanye West and Paul McCartney and her own B—- Better Have My Money.

AUSSIE RULES: Clever Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett, a critic’s favourite, was a surprise but welcome addition in the best new artist race rounded out by more obvious choices like country hunk Sam Hunt, pop artists Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly, and British singer-songwriter James Bay. That’s where Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and especially Beck ruffled feathers, and although 1989 and To Pimp a Butterfly appear invincible, so did Beyoncé.

WILL JONI SHOW?: The failing health of one of Canada’s best loved songwriters, Joni Mitchell, has been one of the past year’s biggest mysteries after she suffered a brain aneurysm at home. Since Esperanza Spalding and Bon Iver’s darkhorse wins in 2011 and 2012, the prize has gone in the populist route, with Fun, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Sam Smith beating a smattering of alt-leaning challengers — including Alabama Shakes — in the years since. That trend points towards Meghan Trainor this time around and within the rock realm, fellow nominee James Bay has enjoyed far more chart success than Barnett.

VOX OVER LAFFS?: Yes, Seth MacFarlane, the talented creator of TV’s The Family Guy and the Ted films can sing but a Grammy nod for traditional pop vocal album seems like a stretch. (And yes, he’s been Grammy-nominated three times previously since 2006, including once before in this category and lost every time.) I’m pretty sure Grammy vet Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap’s The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, will take this one although don’t count out Bob Dylan’s Sinatra tribute, Shadows in the Night, or Josh Groban’s Stages. Within rock, metal, and alternative music, the 2016 nominee lists are littered with familiar names, often at the expense of the deserving upsets we see in the major categories. Her 2015 album Honeymoon sold over 100,000 copies in its first week and her badass video for “High By the Beach” was one of 2015’s conversation-sparking masterpieces.

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