Ed Sheeran

Mark Horton

The 2018 Grammy Nominations have been announced and there are a couple of surprise omissions from this year’s Awards.

Now before I got into the list of who I believe got snubbed, let’s talk about the voting process for the Grammy’s.  First of all, it is voted on by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) also known as the Record academy.  Who are these voters?  Mainly people in the music industry like Producers, Engineers, Artists, or people that have credits to their name of any published or commercially available body of work.  The Grammy eligibility period is Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017.  So any releases during that time frame is eligible.  There is no fan voting or internet voting with the Grammy’s.

Typically the NARAS members like to vote on the “artistic” side and not necessarily on the most “popular”. This year’s nominees list definitely is leaning on the “art” side in my opinion.

So let’s see who got snubbed shall we?


I think the most obvious is  Ed Sheeran.  He cleaned up house in 2016 with “Thinking Out Loud” and was poised to repeat with his 2017 album Divide. It was after all 2017’s second best selling album behind Taylor Swift’s Reputation album.  So while Ed did receive two Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Album and Best Pop performance, what happened to “Shape Of You”?  That can be argued to be in the Best Record or Best Song category.


Despite chart success for Starboy and the single, he only got one nomination for Urban contemporary album


All five former members enjoyed success  with top 40 radio on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts this year, with Harry Styles impressing critics with his self-titled debut album and Liam Payne and Niall Horan earning breakout hits with Strip That Down and Slow Hands, respectively. Unfortunately for Directioners, neither Styles, Payne, Horan or their fourth bandmate Louis Tomlinson earned Grammy nominations this year. Zayn Malik, who departed the band before their 2015 hiatus, earned one nomination for best song written for visual media with I Don’t Wanna  Live Forever, his single with Taylor Swift for 50 Shades Darker.


Lady Gaga has previously been nominated many times in the pop categories, but has never won for Best Song or Record of the year. Her 2016 album Joanne changed up her signature dancefloor sound with songs like Million Reasons. Guess it wasn’t enough for the NARAS members. Instead, Gaga will be competing with Ed Sheeran in the same two pop categories, with Million Reasons facing off against Shape of You for best pop solo performance, and Joanne and Divide both nominated for best traditional pop album.


It’s going to be an interesting Grammy’s that’s for sure!


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