Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran got snubbed by Grammys 2018, but why?

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran got snubbed by Grammys 2018, but why?

Taylor's Look What You Made Me Do was eligible for nomination, but was overlooked.

The 2018 Grammys nominations have been announced and it would be an understatement to say we are stunned. Despite making waves with their songs this year, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have been totally snubbed by The Recording Academy.

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran,
Ed Sheeran poses with Taylor Swift backstage before his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Arena on November 1, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran’s third record, Divide, which has debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, selling 672,000 units in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a male artist there. Further, it topped the charts in 14 different countries, including the United States, Canada, and Australia.The album, which was released on 3 March 2017, has hit songs like Shape of You and Castle on the Hill.

Ed Sheeran

Despite these achievements, Divide was majorly snubbed by the Grammys. It was denied a nomination in the Best Album category, but it was given a nod alongside Coldplay's Kaleidoscope EP, Lana Del Rey's Lust for Life, Kesha's Rainbow, Lady Gaga's Joanne and Imagine Dragons's Evolve in the Best Pop Vocal Album Category. Further, Shape of You has received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. 

Ed Sheeran, EMAs
Ed Sheeran is seen on screen as he accept an award during the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on November 12, 2017 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Ed's friend Taylor has also been overlooked by The Recording Academy. Although her album Reputation had missed the release deadline of September 30, her singles Look What You Made Me Do, which was released on August 25, and Ready For It?, which was released on September 3, were both eligible.

Reputation, Taylor Swift, Look Waht You Made Me Do

But, surprise, surprise, neither of those songs were nominated this year. The only solace for Taylor is that Reputation itself, which was released on November 10, eligible for the 2019 Grammy Awards. 

Taylor Swift, Look What You Made Me Do, Reputation

Meanwhile, Taylor has been nominated in two categories – Best Country Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media. These nominations are respectively for Better Man, which she wrote with Little Big Town and I Don't Wanna Live Forever, which she co-wrote with Zayn Malik.  

Taylor Swift, concert
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2017 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic. (Getty Images)

While the two Pop stars seems to have been pushed to the backseat, the artists shining in the Grammy nomination lists this year are Rap and R&B singers. Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino have all received nods for record of the year and album of the year.  

Jay Z
Jay Z performs at the American Airlines Arena on November 12, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)

In fact, Jay-Z has the highest number of nominations this year with eight. Meanwhile, Kendrick is closely following him with seven nominations. Young R&B singers SZA and Khalid have also received multiple nominations this year.  

SZA performs onstage at Vevo Halloween 2017. (Getty Images)

Twitter, for one, seems to be really appreciative of the minority representation in the nominee list this year.











Check out the complete list of nominations here: 

Album of the year
Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record of the year
Redbone – Childish Gambino
Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
The Story of OJ – Jay-Z
Humble. – Kendrick Lamar
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Song of the year
Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
4:44 – Jay-Z
Issues – Julia Michaels
1-800-273-8255 – Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

New artist
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Pop solo performance
Love So Soft – Kelly Clarkson
Praying – Kesha
Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
What About Us – Pink
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Despacito – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Feel It Still – Portugal The Man
Stay – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional pop vocal album
Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version) – Michael Bublé
Triplicate – Bob Dylan
In Full Swing – Seth MacFarlane
Wonderland – Sarah McLachlan
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – Various Artists

Pop vocal album
Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay
Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran

Dance recording
Bambro Koyo Ganda – Bonobo feat Innov Gnawa
Cola – Camelphat and Elderbrook
Andromeda – Gorillaz feat Dram
Tonite – LCD Soundsystem
Line of Sight – Odesza feat Wynne and Mansionair

Dance/electronic album
Migration – Bonobo
3-D the Catalogue – Kraftwerk
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A Moment Apart – Odesza
What Now – Sylvan Esso

Rock performance
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
The Promise – Chris Cornell
Run – Foo Fighters
No Good – Kaleo
Go to War – Nothing More

Rock song
Atlas, Rise! – Metallica
Blood in the Cut – K.Flay
Go to War – Nothing More
Run – Foo Fighters
The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold

Rock album
Emperor of Sand – Mastodon
Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct – Metallica
The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Nothing More
Villains – Queens of the Stone Age
A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

R&B performance
Get You – Daniel Caesar feat Kali Uchis
Distraction – Kehlani
High – Ledisi
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
The Weekend – SZA

Traditional R&B performance
Laugh and Move on – the Baylor Project
Redbone – Childish Gambino
What I’m Feelin’ – Anthony Hamilton feat the Hamiltones
All the Way – Ledisi
Still – Mali Music

R&B song
First Began – PJ Morton
Location – Khalid
Redbone – Childish Gambino
Supermodel – SZA
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Urban contemporary album
Free 6lack – 6lack
Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino
American Teen – Khalid
Ctrl – SZA
Starboy – the Weeknd

R&B album
Freudian – Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule – Ledisi
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Gumbo – PJ Morton
Feel the Real – Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance
Bounce Back – Big Sean
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
4:44 – Jay-Z
Humble – Kendrick Lamar
Bad and Boujee – Migos feat Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance
Prblms – 6lack
Crew – Goldlink feat Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
Family Feud – Jay-Z feat Beyoncé
Loyalty. – Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna
Love Galore – SZA feat Travis Scott

Rap song
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B
Chase Me – Danger Mouse feat Run the Jewels and Big Boi
Humble – Kendrick Lamar
Sassy – Rapsody
The Story of OJ – Jay-Z

Rap album
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn – Kendrick Lamar
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

Country solo performance
Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt
Losing You – Alison Krauss
Tin Man – Miranda Lambert
I Could Use a Love Song – Maren Morris
Either Way – Chris Stapleton

Country album
Cosmic Hallelujah – Kenny Chesney
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
The Breaker – Little Big Town
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
From a Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Jazz vocal album
The Journey – The Baylor Project
A Social Call – Jazzmeia Horn
Bad Ass and Blind – Raul Midón
Porter Plays Porter – Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King
Dreams and Daggers – Cécile McLorin Salvant

World music album
Memoria de los Sentidos – Vicente Amigo
Para Mi – Buika
Rosa Dos Ventos – Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro
Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Elwan – Tinariwen

Producer of the year, non-classical
Calvin Harris
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
The Stereotypes

Folk album
Mental Illness – Aimee Mann
Semper Femina – Laura Marling
The Queen of Hearts – Offa Rex
You Don’t Own Me Anymore – the Secret Sisters
The Laughing Apple – Yusuf/Cat Stevens

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