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Some Disappointing Grammy Snubs

Recently, the nominees for the most important music event, which is the Grammy Awards, was already announced. According to Billboard, the most nominations went to acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar, which followed by pop superstar Taylor Swift. As usual, there were many people gets disappointed with the results of nominations.

I have nothing against the board of Grammy because they have a panel who votes who will get nominated, likewise the winners. It’s not about popularity rather, as said a group decides who will win. Given that Taylor Swift got lots of nominations, I think she deserves it since the album is outstanding in quality apart from its popularity. Kendrick Lamar deserves it too as his album was generally praised by critics. But there are some great records which gained some respects and acclaims from music critics.

One of disappointing snubs was the zero nomination for Canadian pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen. She may not be at the Taylor Swift popularity level, however, her record was support. Her entire record (Emotion) contained 1980s inspired sound which is refreshing to the ears. I can’t even feel it’s a gimmick to incorporate such sound. Unlike other artists who incorporate retro sounds in their music, sounds more of a gimmick. Jepsen pulled the album out with quality retro sound.

Another disappointing result was the exclusion of Janet Jackson even from the minor categories. Her album “Unbreakable” is a lovely album. It was also well acclaimed by the critics for it unformulaic sound and her courage to put up a record that’s far from what we hear in current mainstream music. Yet, she was snubbed by the Grammy again.

Lana del Ray who often got rave reviews including her new hit record “Honeymoon”, but Grammy ignored her even a single nomination. I am not a fan of Lana but I kinda think her album was great just after first listen.

One Direction was always one of the big snubs yearly ever since they started. They were a staple yearly with successful records. Their music has grown matured. Also, this year would be their last year to release a record before going for a hiatus. Their record “FOUR” and this year’s single “Drag Me Down” was acclaimed, but Grammy has always been selfish to them.

One of the band that makes superb records was Florence and the Machine. I love their album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which surely many agrees. It was very much lauded and Florence’s gained so much respect with this record but Grammy doesn’t seem to give that respect.

Honestly, I don’t much rely on Grammys for great records. The award giving body is highly respected and very prestigious but they don’t speak for the entire music industry. Their lists of nominees was respected but for me, respects goes to all the artists who made great masterpieces that entertain people like me.

Top 7 Female Band vocalist

It is rare to see female leading a band with male members. Oftentimes, they even made their band more successful since the camera is within them mostly than their bandmates playing the instruments. I listed some of these band vocalist who led their bands successfully.

Shirley Manson- From second half of 1990s, the band Garbage was led by this girl named Shirley who was also considered one of the top fashion icons as shown in some MTV shows. The band becane successful too scoring hits like “Milk”, “I Think I’m Paranoid, etc. They even sang the James Band hit “The World is Not Enough”. The secret to the band’s success? Of course it’s Shirley Manson.

Selena Gomez- Many of you might think she’s an artist of her own, but yes, she is now. Before? No. As we often hear ‘Selena Gomez and The Scene”‘, it’sa band which was led by Selena. It was a testament of Selena’s leadership as the band scored multiple top 10 albums and top 40 hits.

Dolores O’ Riordan- This lady have such a beautiful and rare voice. Among all the ladies in this list, she has the most beautiful voice for me. Well, she successfully led the band during the 1990s and created beautiful hit songs such as “Linger”, “Zombie” and a lot more. Their album “No Need to Argue” is among the best selling albums during the first half of 1990s. Thanks to Dolores who’s very much credited for their success.

Gwen Stefani- Apart from successful solo career, Gwen led No Doubt successfully as well. Their album “Tragic Kingdom” is among the biggest sellers for 1997, while big comeback came in 2002 after a moderate success of “Return of the Saturn”. The band never broke up, just in state of hiatus and she remained the band’s vocalist.

Florence Welch- One of the acclaimed bands recently, Florence & the Machine led by Florence Welch sold millions of albums. My favorite song from this band is “Dog Days are Over”. Undeniably, Florence have a beautiful voice which led the band’s success.

Hailey Williams- From the hard-rocking of “Misery Business” to a light and fun sound of “Ain’t it Fun”, the band scored many hit songs and hot selling albums. Hailey was also featured in songs by B.O.B. with “Airplanes” which was big hit, and Zedd. Well, she can make it as solo artist, yet she loves her band.

Amy Lee- Whether rock or ballad, her voice is very haunting that it was like taking you to the Gothic life. I wonder where she is now, but hoping for a new album of Evanescence that will take you back to their “Fallen” era.