One way or the other after Beyoncé turned the winningest artist in Grammy historical past with 32 gramophones, she nonetheless managed to come back off as a loser — but once more — when Harry Kinds’ “Harry’s Home” gained Album of the Yr over B’s “Renaissance.”
However — deep breath — how might Beyoncé nonetheless not have an Album of the Yr gramophone after 4 nominations, when she ought to have already got at the least two?
Her game-changing shock self-titled set misplaced to Beck’s “Morning Section” in 2015, and “Lemonade” — probably the greatest albums of the century — bowed out to Adele’s “25” in 2017.
However the Queen B wasn’t the one artist to get snubbed — or pull a shock — on the Crypto.com Area in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. Right here, we glance again on among the different main shockers on music’s greatest evening.
Snub: Taylor Swift
Sure, T-Swizzle — who dutifully confirmed as much as the awards regardless that she (and all people else) is aware of that 2024 is actually her yr— gained Greatest Music Video for “All Too Properly: The Quick Movie,” she failed to select up gramophones for both Music of the Yr or Greatest Nation Music for the tunes that have been nominated for her re-recorded variations of “Pink” and “I Guess You Suppose About Me.” Whereas this has been an awesome transfer for Swift from a principal and pocketbook standpoint, it’s not precisely what the Document Academy needs to award but with a lot actually new music on the market.
Shock: Bonnie Raitt
Who doesn’t love Bonnie Raitt? However once you’re competing towards the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, Harry Kinds, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Lizzo — all superstars on the high of their recreation — it simply doesn’t make any sort of sense that the 73-year-old would win Music of the Yr for “Simply Like That” — a tune that most individuals (like, virtually all people) haven’t even heard.
Shock: Muni Lengthy
Um…who’s Muni Lengthy? Properly, hopefully the world will get hip to this R&B singer-songwriter after she beat out not solely Grammy winners Mary J. Blige and Jazmine Sullivan however Beyoncé — let’s repeat that, Beyoncé — for Greatest R&B Efficiency for “Hrs & Hrs.” Proof that the Grammys aren’t, certainly, rigged — count on to see her streams undergo the roof tomorrow.
Snub: Mary J. Blige
Wait a minute — so Mary J. Blige, the indeniable Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, was nominated for Album of the Yr for “Good Morning Attractive” for less than the second time in her profession (after 2005’s “The Breakthrough”), she misplaced out to neo-jazzman Robert Glasper — a worthy winner in his personal proper — for “Black Radio III.” However if you end up nominated for Album of the Yr and you’ll’t even win in your personal style class — particularly a deserving diva comparable to MJB — one thing is fallacious with the system.
Once you’re the Queen of Pop, you solely step out to current awards when it actually means one thing to you. And in any case of her work and illustration for the LGBTQ group through the years, Madonna positive was the right particular person to current the efficiency of non-binary artist Sam Smith and trans singer Kim Petras — who had already turn into the primary trans performer to win a Grammy when their “Unholy” gained Greatest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency earlier within the evening. Actually, it made sense that Madonna is reminding people about her personal affect final as a fierce LGBTQ ally as she will get set to launch her “The Celebration Tour” honoring her fortieth anniversary in music later this yr.
Shock: Samara Pleasure
It was a fairly open subject for Greatest New Artist yr, with no clear favourite amongst a motley crew that ranged from buzzy indie duo Moist Leg to Brazilian star Anitta. On the finish of the day, the sting appeared to go Italian glam rockers Maneskin for completely enjoying the business recreation — and serving to to revive a dying style. However a 23-year-old jazz vocalist from The Bronx by some means, who has been in comparison with Sarah Vaughan, shocked everybody in one of many evening’s greatest shockers.
Shock: Dangerous Bunny
Was it going to be Adele? Was it going to be Harry Kinds? Or was it going to be the ever-elusive Beyoncé opening the sixty fifth annual Grammy Awards at Crypto.com Area — opening the primary time the present has been held in LA since COVID shut the world down? However the primo placement went to Puerto Rican sensation Dangerous Bunny, who made historical past with “Un Verano Sin Ti,” the primary Spanish-language LP to be nominated for Album of the Yr. Kicking off his medley of “El Apagon” and “Despues De La Playa,” he introduced the fiesta by way of the viewers — no social distancing in 2023! — Dangerous Bunny made up for his no-show eventually November’s American Music Awards, the place he was the highest nominee. Whereas he might have went slightly more durable on wardrobe — his white t-shirt and denims made him appear to be he was nonetheless in rehearsals — he obtained the social gathering began after a semi-slow begin. His festive if considerably chaotic efficiency obtained Taylor Swift, Jack Harlow and even 93-year-old Motown founder Berry Gordy out of their seats.
Shock: Beyonce ties the file caught in visitors
When Beyoncé tied the file for probably the most Grammy wins ever, she was — in true diva style — late exhibiting as much as the awards on the Crypto.com Area in Los Angeles.
However severely, CBS, weren’t they supposed to attend for her to reach?
Nonetheless, when Viola Davis — who had already made historical past herself by turning into an EGOT by successful a Grammy for Greatest Audio E book, Narration, and Storytelling for the audio e-book of her memoir, “Discovering Me” — introduced the award for Greatest R&B Music to a no-show Beyoncé, who was apparently caught in LA visitors, it was one of many all-time diva moments.
The legendary Nile Rodgers, who co-wrote and performs guitar on “Cuff It,” helped to make up for it with an emotional speech that made all of it good.
Snub: Diana Ross
The 78-year-old Motown queen — who by some means has been underrated and underappreciated as an artist over a supreme six many years — had by no means gained a aggressive Grammy in her legendary profession, regardless of 12 nominations. The streak sadly continued together with her unfortunate thirteenth nomination (Greatest Conventional Pop Vocal Album for “Thank You”) on Sunday evening.
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