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Entertainment 12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out

23:10  24 november  2020
23:10  24 november  2020 Source:   ap.org

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NEW YORK (AP) — Twelve things worth noting about Tuesday's nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to posthumous nominees to famous folks competing for awards.

FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

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FILE - BTS arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with “Dynamite, © Provided by Associated Press FILE - BTS arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with “Dynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

SNUBBED SINGERS

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The Weeknd sings about being a “star boy" but the Grammys' response to his latest album? Bye boy.

The pop star was severely snubbed this year despite having one of the year's biggest albums with “After Hours" and topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Blinding Lights" and “Heartless."

This combination photo shows R&B female artist Kehlani, from left, Teyana Taylor and Brandy, who were not nominated for a Grammy on Tuesday. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press This combination photo shows R&B female artist Kehlani, from left, Teyana Taylor and Brandy, who were not nominated for a Grammy on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Luke Combs also walked away without a single nomination though he was country music's most successful musician this year. Morgan Wallen also had a great year in country music, but didn't earn any nods. And the Chicks' first album in 14 years was not recognized.

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FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Miranda Lambert performs © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Miranda Lambert performs "Keeper of the Flame" at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for best country album. Other nominees in that category include Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingrid Andress. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

A group of young R&B female acts moving the needle also missed out on nominations, including Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor and Kehlani. Late rapper Juice WRLD, Brandy and Chris Brown were also snubbed.

Though they received nominations in their genre categories, acts such as Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple and Harry Styles didn't pick up bids for album, song or record of the year.

K-POP KINGS

For years BTS have said their dream is to be Grammy-nominated. And they've finally achieved it.

The K-pop band is nominated for best pop duo/group performance with “Dynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Others who scored their first-ever nominations include Harry Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, the Strokes, Jay Electronica, Michael Kiwanuka and Mickey Guyton.

This combination photo shows actresses Renee Zellweger, left, and Meryl Streep, who are both nominated for Grammy Awards. Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role as Judy Garland in “Judy, © Provided by Associated Press This combination photo shows actresses Renee Zellweger, left, and Meryl Streep, who are both nominated for Grammy Awards. Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role as Judy Garland in “Judy," earned a Grammy nomination for best traditional pop vocal album for her performance on the soundtrack. Streep is nominated for best spoken world album for “Charlotte’s Web." (AP Photo)

DR. LUKE aka TYSON TRAX

FILE — In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, John Prine performs at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The icon earned two posthumous Grammy nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “I Remember Everything. © Provided by Associated Press FILE — In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, John Prine performs at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The icon earned two posthumous Grammy nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “I Remember Everything." Prine died April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Dr. Luke marked a major comeback this year, producing hits for Saweetie, Juice WRLD and Doja Cat, who is signed to his record label. And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years.

List of winners at the 2020 American Music Awards

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, file photo, Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his new album © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, file photo, Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his new album "Popular Problems" in New York. Cohen has earned multiple posthumous Grammy nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated this year for best folk album with “Thanks for the Dance," his fifteenth and final studio album. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

The hit “Say So" marked a breakthrough for Doja Cat and Dr. Luke, who last launched a No. 1 smash with Katy Perry's “Dark Horse" in 2014, the same year his former collaborator Kesha accused him of sexual assault during their yearslong partnership. Dr. Luke has vigorously denied the allegations.

“Say So" is nominated for record of the year, an award given to the song's artist and producer, helping Dr. Luke earn a nomination. But instead of using his known name on the credits for the song, he's listed as Tyson Trax.

Other monikers Dr. Luke has used are Loctor Duke and MADE IN CHINA.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others.

And those songs are nominated for Grammys.

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Beyoncé's “Black Parade," released on Juneteenth, is up for four awards including record and song of the year. The protest song “I Can't Breathe" by H.E.R. is nominated for song of the year and best R&B song, while Lil Baby's “The Bigger Picture" — which reached the No. 3 spot on the pop charts — is up for best rap song and best rap performance. And Anderson .Paak's “Lockdown," about police brutality and racial injustice, is up for best melodic rap performance and best music video.

This combination photo shows Megan Thee Stallion, from left, Mickey Guyton and Harry Styles, who, along with the Strokes, Jay Electronica, and Michael Kiwanuka, received first-ever Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press This combination photo shows Megan Thee Stallion, from left, Mickey Guyton and Harry Styles, who, along with the Strokes, Jay Electronica, and Michael Kiwanuka, received first-ever Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24. (AP Photo)

Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote “Black Like Me" a year before Floyd's death, but rushed to release the song because she said the time was right. The poignant track earned a nomination for best country solo performance.

LONG LIVE THE DEAD

John Prine died of complications of the coronavirus in April, but his spirit is all over the Grammy Awards.

The icon earned two posthumous nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “I Remember Everything."

Breakthrough rapper Pop Smoke died this year but his hit song “Dior," a double platinum success, is nominated for best rap performance. Nipsey Hussle, who died last year and won two posthumous Grammys earlier this year, scored a nomination for best rap performance for his guest appearance on Big Sean's “Deep Reverence."

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Leonard Cohen has earned multiple posthumous nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated for best folk album with “Thanks for the Dance," his fifteenth and final studio album.

And songwriter LaShawn Daniels, who died last year and won a Grammy for co-writing Destiny's Child's “Say My Name," is competing for best gospel performance/song with “Come Together" by his close friend Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Daniels and Jerkins started writing the song about the world coming together 17 years ago but Jerkins released it this year during the pandemic to offer healing and hope to listeners.

A-LIST ACTS

Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger are vying for Grammy gold.

Streep is nominated for best spoken word album for “Charlotte’s Web," pitting her against MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, journalist Ronan Farrow and “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings, who is nominated for reading “Alex Trebex — The Answer Is...”

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles. Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. Guyton wrote “Black Like Me © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles. Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. Guyton wrote “Black Like Me" a year before Floyd's death, but rushed to release the song because she said the time was right. The poignant track earned a Grammy nomination for best country solo performance. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Zellweger won her second Academy Award for “Judy" and her performance on the soundtrack earned her a nomination for best traditional pop vocal album.

Cynthia Erivo, a Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner, scored a nomination for best written song for visual media with “Stand Up" from “Harriet." The song, which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell, also earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year.

In Sudan, Ethiopian refugees try to rebuild life in their camp

 In Sudan, Ethiopian refugees try to rebuild life in their camp © ASHRAF SHAZLY An Ethiopian refugee sells tea, in a transit camp in Sudan, November 26, 2020 Samarwat Tkhali, 10, has been walking around for a week the streets of "Village 8" in Sudan, where thousands of Ethiopians have taken refuge fleeing the war in Tigray. To survive, she sells the chocolate cakes bought by her father. In this miserable village, where some 15,000 Ethiopian refugees are crowded near the border, she approaches the people by asking them timidly: "Do you want to taste one?".

And the best comedy album award is stacked with famous folks, including Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr.

FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The 21-track album "Legends Never Die" set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but failed to receive a Grammy nomination. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

WOMEN WHO ROCK

Female acts dominate in the best rock song and best rock performance categories, with performers like Fiona Apple, Brittany Howard, HAIM, Grace Potter, Phoebe Bridgers and Big Thief — led by Adrianne Lenker — in contention.

FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

And while country radio is overloaded with male artists, the Grammys' best country album category is packed with women, including Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingrid Andress.

FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

IT'S BRITTANY B(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)!

Brittany Howard has already won four Grammys with her talented band Alabama Shakes, but her first solo album is getting tons of Grammy love.

FILE - Luke Combs performs at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Combs, who dominated the country charts and was streamed heavily on streaming services, was surprisingly shut out of the Grammy Award nominations this year.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Luke Combs performs at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Combs, who dominated the country charts and was streamed heavily on streaming services, was surprisingly shut out of the Grammy Award nominations this year.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

“Jaime" was released last year and is one of those rare albums competing for multiple genres at the Grammys. The album is nominated for best alternative music album, her song “Stay High" is up for best rock song and best rock performance, the track “Goat Head" is nominated for best R&B performance, and “Short and Sweet" is competing for best American Roots performance.

This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album © Provided by Associated Press This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King." The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Travis Matthews/Disney Plus via AP)

JAY-Z, THE SONGWRITERS, SHINES

Happy wife, happy life: Jay-Z has lent his songwriting hand to his wife Beyoncé and he's earned Grammy nominations for it.

Jay-Z co-wrote Beyoncé's “Black Parade" and “Savage" with Megan Thee Stallion, and now he's nominated for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song — categories reserved for songwriters.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have won five Grammys together.

HIP-HOP IS DEAD

Despite rap music being today's most popular genre, no rap albums are nominated for the top prize, album of the year.

Expected nominees included Roddy Ricch's “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," Lil Baby’s “My Turn" and DaBaby's “Blame It on Baby" or “Kirk."

This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo)

But those albums didn't even score nomination in the best rap album category. Instead, nominees were focused on rap purists and respected lyricists instead of the young performers dominating the pop charts.

Nominees for best rap album include Nas' “King’s Disease," Jay Electronica’s “A Written Testimony,” Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist's “Alfredo," “The Allegory" by Royce Da 5’9” and D Smoke's “Black Habits."

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ART DIRECTOR

Paul McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year — as an art director.

The former Beatle is nominated for best boxed or special limited edition package for the collector's edition of his 10th solo album, “Flaming Pie." He's listed as one of the art directors on the project, and shares his nomination with Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith and James Musgrave.

McCartney is the owner of 18 Grammys.

PAIN OF THE PANDEMIC

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Best Immersive Audio Album Craft Committee was unable to meet to decide winners for the best immersive audio album Grammy. The judging of the entries has been postponed, and the nominees will be announced next year. The winners for the 2021 award will be announced at the 2022 show.

In Sudan, Ethiopian refugees try to rebuild life in their camp .
© ASHRAF SHAZLY An Ethiopian refugee sells tea, in a transit camp in Sudan, November 26, 2020 Samarwat Tkhali, 10, has been walking around for a week the streets of "Village 8" in Sudan, where thousands of Ethiopians have taken refuge fleeing the war in Tigray. To survive, she sells the chocolate cakes bought by her father. In this miserable village, where some 15,000 Ethiopian refugees are crowded near the border, she approaches the people by asking them timidly: "Do you want to taste one?".

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