Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, BTS: Biggest snubs and surprises of the 2020 Grammy nominations

Music fans offended by former Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow’s controversial remark in 2018 (that women need to “step up” in order to earn more Grammy nominations), will no doubt be pleased to see the just-announced list of contenders for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards — packed with deserving names like Lizzo (this year’s top nominee, with eight nods), Billie Eilish (the youngest artist to receive nominations in all of the top four categories), Lana Del Rey, H.E.R., and Ariana Grande. But Grammy voters can’t please everyone, not even with the “Big Four” categories now expanded to eight nominees each. So, let’s deep-dive into the biggest snubs and surprises among the 2020 nominations.

SNUB: Taylor Swift

She may be picking up the Artist of the Decade trophy at this weekend’s American Music Awards, and she did receive a respectable three Grammy nominations this year (Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance), but Lover was passed over for Album of the Year. Swift was the first female artist in Grammy history to win twice in that all-important category, for Fearless and 1989.

SNUB: BTS

This was the breakthrough year for the superstar K-pop boy band. Their platinum-selling “Boy With Luv” went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its video set the record as the most-viewed online music video in 24 hours. BTS also became the first Asian act to surpass 5 billion streams on Spotify, were named one of Time magazine’s 100's most influential people of 2019, and were the first Korean act to ever perform on Saturday Night Live. They even presented at the 2019 Grammy ceremony… but they didn’t land a single nomination for the 2020 Grammys.

SNUB: Halsey

BTS’s “Boy With Luv” collaborator also had a great year, scoring her first No. 1 hit with the passionate breakup ballad “Without Me” and even performing on two other major awards shows, the Emmys and CMAs. “Without Me” seemed like a solid contender for Record and Song of the Year, but Halsey was shut out of the Grammys entirely, even in the Pop categories. 

SNUB: Maren Morris

The country star’s critically acclaimed Girl won Best Album just last week at Country Music Awards (where she this year’s most-nominated artist), and she has received nine Grammy nominations in the past. But Morris was almost entirely passed over, even the Country categories — having to settle for just one nomination (Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Common," a duet with Grammy favorite Brandi Carlile).

SURPRISE: Bon Iver

The indie-folk veterans have always been embraced by Grammy voters (they won Best New Artist in 2011), but their nomination for Album of the Year for I,I still comes out of nowhere. This could be the 2020 Grammys’ equivalent of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs or Beck’s MorningPhase, both indie-leaning outlier winners in this category in previous years. Perhaps even more surprisingly, Justin Vernon and company’s “Hey Ma,” which didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100, is up for Record of the Year.

SURPRISE: Vampire Weekend

If Bon Iver aren’t the surprise Album of the Year winners at next January’s ceremony, that honor could go to fellow indie-rockers Vampire Weekend, who just earned their first Album of the Year nomination for Father of the Bride. They’ve been nominated twice before Best Alternative Music Album, winning that award in 2013. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Lady Gaga attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Camila Cabello attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
US singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Offset (L) and Cardi B attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Alicia Keys attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Miley Cyrus attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Meghan Trainor attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Kylie Jenner attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Dolly Parton attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Kacey Musgraves attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Janelle Monáe attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Canadian singer Alessia Cara arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Bebe Rexha arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Maren Morris attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Shawn Mendes attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Ella Mai attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Robin Thicke and Julian Fuego Thicke attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Anna Kendrick attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Kelsea Ballerini attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, Lady Gaga, and Mark Ronson attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Halle Bailey (L) and Chloe Bailey of Chloe X Halle attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Ricky Martin (R) and son attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Dua Lipa attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Chris Stapleton (R) and Morgane Stapleton attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Natasha Lyonne attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Ashanti attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Mark Ronson attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Toni Braxton attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Backstreet Boys attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Questlove attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Charlie Puth attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Brian Kelley (L) and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Fantasia Barrino attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Eve attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Heidi Klum attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Chaka Khan attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Philip Sweet of Little Big Town attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Ashlee Simpson attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Zedd attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Giuliana Rancic attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Andra Day attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Rashida Jones attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Diplo attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Smokey Robinson (L) and Frances Glandney attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Lilly Singh attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Joy Villa arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Nancy O'Dell attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Nina Dobrev attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: J Balvin attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Suzanne Yankovic (L) and 'Weird Al' Yankovic attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Lilly Singh attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
US singer Meghan Trainor and husband actor Daryl Sabara arrive for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Sara Gilbert (L) and Linda Perry attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Leon Bridges attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Kyle Trewartha and Michael Trewartha of musical act Grey attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Victoria Kühne attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Saint Heart attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: H.E.R. attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Ricky Rebel attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Daryl Sabara attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Lele Pons attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Dionne Warwick attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Susan Crow and Tony Bennett attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Tayla Parx attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, Patrick Wilson and Rivers Cuomo of rock band Weezer attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Host Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Zuri Hall attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: BTS attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: CeeLo Green attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Katelyn Jae (L) and Kane Brown attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Tuesday Hansen and Beck attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Ángela Aguilar attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Rhonda Ross and Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Emily Hampshire attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Wilmer Valderrama attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Dr. Ruth Westheimer attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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SNUB: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

The IRL couple’s red-hot duet “Señorita”was one of the biggest singles of 2019 — it went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the fastest song in history to reach a total of 1.5 billion streams — but it was passed over for both Record and Song of the Year. The song received only one nomination, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

SNUB: Bruce Springsteen

The Boss has always been a favorite with Grammy voters, with 20 wins to his credit, and his 19th studio album, Western Stars — his first album of solo material since 2012 — has garnered critical acclaim. But Springsteen didn’t receive a single nomination this year. Springsteen on Broadway didn’t even get a nod for Best Music Film.

SNUB: A Star is Born

The Oscar-winning "Shallow" received four nominations (and won two awards) at the 2019 Grammys, but the full soundtrack — which was released during the latest eligibility window of Oct. 1, 2018-Aug. 31, 2019 — failed to earn an Album of the Year nomination this time around. It had been widely predicted that Star could be the first Album of the Year soundtrack winner in 18 years. Lady Gaga did receive a Song of the Year nomination for "Always Remember Us This Way," while the soundtrack got one nod, for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

SNUB: Sam Smith

Smith was the darling of the 2015 Grammys, when he won Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour, and Record and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” But he seems to have fallen out of favor with Grammy voters, as he hasn't been nominated since. Last year he was shut out entirely for his second album The Thrill of It All, and this year his hit duet with Normani, "Dancing With a Stranger," was skipped over.

SNUB: Ed Sheeran 

The four-time Grammy winner and 14-time nominee had to settle for just one nomination (Best Pop Vocal Album) for his all-star No. 6 Collaborations Project, with no recognition in the major categories. 

SNUB: Lewis Capaldi

Another male British singer-songwriter, Capaldi did receive a nod for Song of the Year for “Someone You Loved,” but he was surprisingly passed over for Best New Artist.

SURPRISE: Beastie Boys vs. Michelle Obama vs. John Waters

Amusingly, all three are up for Best Spoken Word — a category that truly ought to be presented on the air this around.

SNUB: Chance the Rapper

In 2017, Chance won Best New Artist and was up for five awards total, but this year his The Big Day album was skipped over for Album of the Year and even Best Rap Album. He did pick up one nomination, for Best Rap Song.

SNUB: The Jonas Brothers

Fans were thrilled by the JoBros’ reunion, resulting in the trio scoring their first-ever No. 1 single, “Sucker.” However, that song garnered only one nomination, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and their reunion album Happiness Begins was completely snubbed.

SNUB: Madonna

The queen of pop, a seven-time winner and 28-time nominee, didn’t receive any nominations for her ambitious 14th album, MadameX — other than remixer Tracy Young being up for Best Remixed Recording, for the Pride Intro Radio Remix of “I Rise.”

SNUB: Solange

Her big sister Beyoncé received four nominations this year, but Solange Knowles’s critically heralded When I Get Home, which Pitchfork recently ranked at No. 81 on its "The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s" list, was completely overlooked.

SNUB: Megan Thee Stallion

Apparently Megan is out of season, as the “Hot Girl Summer” breakout star was totally ignored by Grammy voters.

SURPRISE: Lil Nas X

While it was expected that the trap/country crossover phenomenon would be up for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Old Town Road,” the Album of the Year nod for his 7 EP was unexpected.

SURPRISE: Black Pumas

The Best New Artist nomination for this fairly obscure psych-soul Austin duo came totally out of left field. Oddly, they received no nominations in any other categories.

SURPRISE: Tank and the Bangas

Like Black Pumas, this New Orleans funk collective received no other nominations, but still got a nod for Best New Artist over more obvious contenders. Could Black Pumas or Tank be the next Esperanza Spalding? Watch this space.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Jennifer Lopez attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Toni Braxton attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Heidi Klum arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Tayla Parx attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Lele Pons attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Du Yen attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: St. Vincent attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Jack Antonoff attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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