The two are among those who did not receive a nomination for the 2019 Grammys, despite having released new music during the eligibility period, which was between Oct. 1, 2017 and September 30 of this year.
That’s right, the Recording Academy did not think Underwood’s Cry Pretty or Minaj’s Queen warranted a nod. The country singer has won seven Grammys in the past, while the rapper has been nominated 10 times since 2011.
The band Panic! at the Disco, who released the album Pray for the Wicked this year, was also snubbed, as was Troye Sivan and his album Bloom, Lil Wayne—whose Tha Carter V album was released just two days before the end of the eligibility period, plus Sam Smith, Migos, Lil Pump, Zayn Malik, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion, who died earlier this year.
Also surprising: Taylor Swift was nominated for only one Grammy for Reputation, Kanye West received only one nod for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for Ye, Ariana Grande was nominated for only two Grammys for music from her album Sweetener, and Travis Scott, whose Astroworld album is very successful, received three Grammy nominations—and all three artists did not receive a nod in any of the larger, general categories.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, aka The Carters, were nominated for three Grammys for music from their album Everything Is Love but did not score nods in the coveted record of the year or album of the year categories. Meanwhile, Drake was nominated for five individual 2019 Grammys but not for Rap Album of the Year.
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