2018 Grammy snubs and surprises

Paul Grein
Writer
Yahoo Music

It seemed likely that Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic would take the Grammy for Album of the Year, since the two potent rap albums in the running (Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN and Jay-Z’s 4:44) no doubt split the rap vote right down the middle. But the 60th Annual Grammy Awards still offered a larger-than-usual number of snubs and surprises. Take a look.

<p>The rap titan went 0-8. Only three other artists have ever had eight or more Grammy noms in one night and lost them all. Paul McCartney went 0-9 in 1965. Kanye West and Rihanna each went 0-8 last year. (Jay had the misfortune of vying with Kendrick Lamar in seven categories.) (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) </p>
Snub: Jay-Z

The rap titan went 0-8. Only three other artists have ever had eight or more Grammy noms in one night and lost them all. Paul McCartney went 0-9 in 1965. Kanye West and Rihanna each went 0-8 last year. (Jay had the misfortune of vying with Kendrick Lamar in seven categories.) (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

<p>“Despacito” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, the longest run at No. 1 since the Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men smash “One Sweet Day,” 22 years ago. But it lost Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and even Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS) </p>
Snub: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

“Despacito” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, the longest run at No. 1 since the Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men smash “One Sweet Day,” 22 years ago. But it lost Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and even Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)

<p>While a win for Album of the Year was expected, it was a surprise that Mars also swept Record and Song of the Year. He’s the first male artist to win all three awards in one year since Eric Clapton, 25 years ago. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage) </p>
Surprise: Bruno Mars

While a win for Album of the Year was expected, it was a surprise that Mars also swept Record and Song of the Year. He’s the first male artist to win all three awards in one year since Eric Clapton, 25 years ago. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

<p>The pop megastar lost both of the awards for which she was nominated: Best Country Song for “Better Man,” which she wrote for Little Big Town, and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker).” (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) </p>
Snub: Taylor Swift

The pop megastar lost both of the awards for which she was nominated: Best Country Song for “Better Man,” which she wrote for Little Big Town, and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker).” (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

<p><em>Starboy</em> took Best Urban Contemporary Album, beating Childish Gambino’s <em>“Awaken, My Love!” </em>(which was nominated for Album of the Year) and SZA’s highly touted debut album, <em>Ctrl</em>. The Weeknd’s previous album, <em>Beauty Behind the Madness</em>, won this award two years ago. (Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images) </p>
Surprise: The Weeknd

Starboy took Best Urban Contemporary Album, beating Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” (which was nominated for Album of the Year) and SZA’s highly touted debut album, Ctrl. The Weeknd’s previous album, Beauty Behind the Madness, won this award two years ago. (Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

<p>“Body Like a Back Road” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 34 weeks. No matter. It lost Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance to a pair of Chris Stapleton songs (“Broken Halos” and “Either Way,” respectively). (Photo: John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty Images) </p>
Snub: Sam Hunt

“Body Like a Back Road” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 34 weeks. No matter. It lost Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance to a pair of Chris Stapleton songs (“Broken Halos” and “Either Way,” respectively). (Photo: John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty Images)

<p>The band’s chart-topping album <em>Hardwired … to Self-Destruct</em> was expected to win Best Rock Album, but it lost to <em>A Deeper Understanding</em> from the War on Drugs. Metallica, one of the biggest bands in rock history, has yet to win in this key category. (Photo: Brian Rasic/WireImage) </p>
Snub: Metallica

The band’s chart-topping album Hardwired … to Self-Destruct was expected to win Best Rock Album, but it lost to A Deeper Understanding from the War on Drugs. Metallica, one of the biggest bands in rock history, has yet to win in this key category. (Photo: Brian Rasic/WireImage)

<p>The critically acclaimed newcomer amassed five nominations, more than any other female artist this year. But she lost ’em all. She was thought to have a good shot at Best New Artist, but lost to Alessia Cara. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS) </p>
Snub: SZA

The critically acclaimed newcomer amassed five nominations, more than any other female artist this year. But she lost ’em all. She was thought to have a good shot at Best New Artist, but lost to Alessia Cara. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

<p>The late actress and writer won Best Spoken Word Album, beating such strong competitors as Bruce Springsteen and Sen. Bernie Sanders (with actor Mark Ruffalo). Fisher’s award for <em>The Princess Diarist </em>marks her first Grammy. (Photo: Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
Surprise: Carrie Fisher

The late actress and writer won Best Spoken Word Album, beating such strong competitors as Bruce Springsteen and Sen. Bernie Sanders (with actor Mark Ruffalo). Fisher’s award for The Princess Diarist marks her first Grammy. (Photo: Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>“How Far I’ll Go” from <em>Moana</em> won Best Song Written for Visual Media, beating “City of Stars” from <em>La La Land</em>. This marks a reversal of fortune: “City of Stars” beat “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars a year ago. (If Miranda had won the Oscar, he’d have an EGOT.) (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) </p>
Surprise: Lin-Manuel Miranda

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana won Best Song Written for Visual Media, beating “City of Stars” from La La Land. This marks a reversal of fortune: “City of Stars” beat “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars a year ago. (If Miranda had won the Oscar, he’d have an EGOT.) (Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

<p>“Killer Diller Blues” won Best American Roots Performance, beating tracks by a pair of late music legends — Glen Campbell (“Arkansas Farmboy”) and Leonard Cohen (“Steer Your Way”). (Another Cohen track, “You Want It Darker,” won for Best Rock Performance.) (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend) </p>
Surprise: Alabama Shakes

“Killer Diller Blues” won Best American Roots Performance, beating tracks by a pair of late music legends — Glen Campbell (“Arkansas Farmboy”) and Leonard Cohen (“Steer Your Way”). (Another Cohen track, “You Want It Darker,” won for Best Rock Performance.) (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)

<p>The losing streak of the legendary band, which never won a Grammy, remains intact. <em>Long Strange Trip</em>, a film about the band, lost Best Music Film to <em>The Defiant Ones</em>, an HBO film that examined the relationship of the music titans Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) </p>
Snub: The Grateful Dead

The losing streak of the legendary band, which never won a Grammy, remains intact. Long Strange Trip, a film about the band, lost Best Music Film to The Defiant Ones, an HBO film that examined the relationship of the music titans Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

<p>The band took Best Alternative Music Album for <em>Sleep Well Beast</em>, beating LCD Soundsystem’s <em>American Dream</em> and Arcade Fire’s <em>Everything Now</em>, both of which were No. 1 albums. Arcade Fire once won Album of the Year, but they are 0-5 in this category. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) </p>
Surprise: The National

The band took Best Alternative Music Album for Sleep Well Beast, beating LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream and Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, both of which were No. 1 albums. Arcade Fire once won Album of the Year, but they are 0-5 in this category. (Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

<p>The pop veteran lost Best Folk Album to Aimee Mann’s <em>Mental Illness</em>. But maybe that shouldn’t have come as a surprise: Yusuf’s nomination for <em>The Laughing Apple</em> was his first in a career which dates back more than 50 years and includes seven top 10 albums. (Photo: Andrew Benge/Redferns) </p>
Snub: Yusuf (Cat Stevens)

The pop veteran lost Best Folk Album to Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness. But maybe that shouldn’t have come as a surprise: Yusuf’s nomination for The Laughing Apple was his first in a career which dates back more than 50 years and includes seven top 10 albums. (Photo: Andrew Benge/Redferns)

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