Grammy Nominations Snubs and Surprises, From Jay-Z to Ed Sheeran (Photos)

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The 60th Grammy Awards nominations were a triumph for hip-hop — but beyond that, they embraced a few dark horses and ignored several favorites. Here’s the scorecard.

SURPRISE: Jay-Z, the guy with the most nominations this year, eight, was recognized in major categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year) where he was not expected to be a big contender.

SNUB: For the first time in three years, country music was shut out in the top categories, leaving the likes of Miranda Lambert and her “The Weight of These Wings” album out in the cold.

SURPRISE: Julia Michaels, the only white artist in the Best New Artist category also made a surprise appearance in the Song of the Year category with “Issues.”

SNUB: The pioneering rockers Metallica were thought to have a chance to crash the Album of the Year category with “Hardwired … To Self Destruct,” but they ended up with a single nod in the Best Rock Song category.

 

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