The Nominees Are…

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Donovan Brooks, Staff Writer

The nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced on December 5, and, unsurprisingly, the positions are dominated by the same usual artists: Adele was nominated for 5, Justin Bieber has 4, Kanye West, Drake, and Rihanna have 8, and Beyoncé has a ridiculous total of 9 nominations.

But aside from those placeholder artists, multiple up-and-coming artists have been nominated, including several nameless producers in the “Best New Age Album” category, the “Best New Artist” category, and the self-produced Chance The Rapper, who shattered the Grammy Awards’ rulebook.

Chance The Rapper is not signed to a label, and has released a mixtape (not a professional album) for streaming only. Seeing as how this mixtape required Billboard to create a streaming category, it was only natural for the Grammys to cave in and change their rules to include streaming only projects. Chance is now nominated for 7 spots: “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Performance”, “Best Rap/Sung Performance”, “Best Rap Album”, and twice for “Best Rap Song”.

                                           

In the “Album of the Year” category, dominated by the placeholder artists, a spot is interestingly held by Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Sturgill is a relatively new name in country music, who has captivated people by deviating from the mainstream themes of the genre. His nomination is strange when you compare his style and popularity to his competitors’.

                                           

Twenty One Pilots, who gained their momentum late last year, has also been nominated for several awards: “Record of the Year”, “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”, and “Best Rock Performance”.

The Australian based artist Flume has been nominated for two awards, based on his second LP, Skin, which is attracting listeners around the world. The album itself was nominated for “Best Dance/Electronic Album”, and the song “Never Be Like You” was nominated for “Best Dance Recording”.

Though it may seem that the Grammy Awards may seem to be a heartless hole that popular artists throw money into (and I’m not saying that they aren’t), this year’s awards seem very promising. There is a chance that some smaller names can get some recognition this time around. But then again, it won’t be a surprise if all the awards go to Beyoncé.