Grammy 2018 nomination snubs and surprises

Paul Grein
Writer

When the 60th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, there were many surprising shutouts — including presumed frontrunners Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, A Tribe Called Quest, and Sam Smith. Check out the biggest shockers among the noms.

Snub: Ed Sheeran

The British pop star was widely expected to be nominated for Record, Album, and Song of the Year, but was shockingly passed over in all three categories. He is, however, up for Best Pop Vocal Album. (Photo: Getty Images)

Snub: Harry Styles

The former One Direction star, who had a smash hit with the critically acclaimed “Sign of the Times,” was shut out completely — passed over for noms for Record, Album and Song of the Year, and even for Best Rock Album. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)

Surprise: Childish Gambino

The musician/actor (a.k.a. Donald Glover) was nominated for Record of the Year for “Redbone” (a mild surprise) and Album of the Year for “awaken, my love!” (a major curveball). (Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Snub: Miranda Lambert

The country star’s acclaimed double-album The Weight of These Wings was passed over for noms for both Album of the Year and Best Country Album. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Snub: A Tribe Called Quest

The seminal hip-hop act’s final album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, topped critics’ year-end lists in 2016, and Tribe’s fiery performance was a highlight of this year’s Grammy telecast. Yet they didn’t get a nom for Album of the Year, or even for Best Rap Album. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for FYF)

Snub: Kesha

The pop star’s widely admired “Praying,” which deals with the hot-button issue of exploitation of women, was passed over for noms for Record and Song of the Year. However, her comeback LP Rainbow is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. (Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Snub: Sam Smith

The British pop star was passed over for noms for both Record and Song of the Year for his smash “Too Good at Goodbyes.” He won both awards three years ago for “Stay With Me.” (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

Surprise: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

The duo’s chart-busting “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber) was nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. The Record nom was expected; the Song nom, which specifically goes to songwriters, was a bit of a surprise. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Snub: Katy Perry

The pop star’s Witness was passed over for a nom for Best Pop Vocal Album. Her two most recent albums, Teenage Dream and Prism, were both nominated in the category. Perry has yet to win a single Grammy. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Rogers and Cowan)

Snub: Foo Fighters

The band’s Concrete and Gold was passed over for a nom for Best Rock Album. It’s their second album in a row to fail to be nominated in this category. The Foos have won four times in that category, more than anyone else. (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Surprise: Leonard Cohen

The late rock legend is nominated for Best Rock Performance for “You Want It Darker,” though his acclaimed album of that name was passed over for a Best Rock Album nom. (Photo: Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty Images)

Surprise: Lorde

The New Zealand singer’s Melodrama was nominated for Album of the Year — a mild surprise because it wasn’t a big commercial hit. A bigger surprise is that the album was passed over for a nom for Best Pop Vocal Album. (Photo: Sam Tabone/WireImage)

Snub: Taylor Swift

The megastar’s “Look What You Made Me Do” was passed over for a Record of the Year nom. That’s not a big surprise: It was a polarizing hit. But “Better Man,” which Swift wrote for Little Big Town, was passed over for a Song of the Year nom. It won Song of the Year at the CMAs this month. (Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Surprise: Drake

The Canadian hip-hop star’s More Life dominated the charts this year. So why didn’t he receive a single nomination? He reportedly pulled a Frank Ocean-esque protest move and chose not to submit the album for consideration. (Photo: Ross Gilmore/Getty Images)

Surprise: SZA

The acclaimed newcomer received an impressive five nominations, including Best New Artist. The nom in the latter category was expected, but five nominations is a lot. (Photo: John Parra/Getty Images for Revolt Music Conference)

Surprise: Julia Michaels

The songwriter-turned-pop star was nominated for both Song of the Year (for her hit “Issues”) and Best New Artist. Neither nom was a massive shock, but these are highly competitive categories. (Photo: Steve Jennings/WireImage)

Snub: DJ Khaled

Grateful was passed over for a nom for Best Rap Album. The album spawned two of the year’s biggest hits, “I’m the One” and “Wild Thoughts.” (Photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for BET)

Surprise: Kenny Chesney

After two decades of stardom, the country superstar finally received his first nom for Best Country Album for Cosmic Hallelujah. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Snub: The Weeknd

Starboy debuted at No. 1, and the Weeknd performed its single “I Feel It Coming” with Daft Punk at this year’s ceremony, yet he received only one nomination — for Best Urban Contemporary Album. (Photo: Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Snub: Future

The rapper made history earlier this year when he had new albums debut at No. 1 in back-to-back weeks. Both albums were passed over. FUTURE didn’t get a nom for Best Rap Album. HNDRXX didn’t get a nom for Best Urban Contemporary Album. (Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Snub: Demi Lovato

The former Disney star earned a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination at the 2016 Grammys for Confident, and she has performed at various Grammy events like this year’s Bee Gees tribute, but her latest effort, Tell Me You Love Me, was overlooked. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Surprise: Seth MacFarlane

The versatile actor/musician/Family Guy creator is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his latest album, In Full Swing. That’s his surprising third nom in this category in the last seven years, following noms for Music Is Better Than Words and No One Ever Tells You. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Surprise: Rapsody

The 34-year old rapper from North Carolina was nominated for Best Rap Album, while such better-known artists as J. Cole, DJ Khaled, A Tribe Called Quest, Big Sean, and 2Chainz fell short. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)

Surprise: Jay-Z

The veteran rapper is nominated for Record, Album, and Song of the Year. It’s his first Album of the Year nom as a lead artist. It’s his fourth Record of the Year nom (which is more than any other rapper), following noms for collabos with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys.
(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Surprise: Bruno Mars

The pop veteran was nominated for Album, Record, and Song of the Year. (He and Jay-Z were the only artists to sweep all three noms.) Mars’s previous album, Unorthodox Jukebox, was passed over for an Album of the Year nom. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images )

Surprise: Coldplay

The band’s Kaleidoscope EP was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, while full-length albums by such artists as Pentatonix, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and the Chainsmokers fell short. (Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Snub: Logic

“1-800-273-8255” was nominated for Song of the Year, as expected, but it was passed over for a Record of the Year nom. Also, Logic was passed over for noms for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. (Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Surprise: 6Lack

The 25-year old hip-hopper from Georgia was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, while such better-known artists as Alicia Keys, Bryson Tiller, Jhene Aiko, and Kehlani fell short. (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Surprise: Nothing More

The band’s The Stories We Tell Ourselves was nominated for Best Rock Album, while such high-profile contenders as Leonard Cohen, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Harry Styles were passed over. (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Surprise: The Rolling Stones

The legendary band’s Blue & Lonesome is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album, not Best Contemporary Blues Album. The Stones won Best Rock Album 23 years ago for Voodoo Lounge. (Photo: Brian Rasic/WireImage)