2021 Grammy Nominations: 5 Most Shocking Snubs and Surprises

The Weeknd in concert at The O2 Arena in 2013. Photo by Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock (3388491g)

The list of Grammy Award nominations is finally in with Beyoncé leading the pack with a total of nine nods. Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch, and Dua Lipa were right behind with six nominations apiece, but many artists who gave us amazing songs this year walked away with fewer nominations than we expected.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s After Hours is one of the defining albums of 2020 and it produced chart-topping singles “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”. The fact that it received ZERO nominations at this year’s Grammys is one of the most confusing decisions in the history of this ceremony.

Harry Styles

Styles received three nominations at this year’s Grammy, including the best pop vocal album with Fine Line, but music lovers feel that his latest album deserved so much more.

Lady Gaga

The same can be said about Lady Gaga who scored two nods in pop categories, but is suspiciously absent from the general field despite the enormous success of her album Chromatica.


BTS is the first K-pop group to break into major Grammy categories with their best pop duo/group performance nomination for “Dynamite”, but their fans still feel the boy band deserved a few more nods.

Album of the Year

The album of the year category features several nominations that we didn’t see coming. The list of unexpected nominees features rising stars Jacob Collier, Jhené Aiko, and soul band Black Pumas.