Who really got snubbed for Album of the Year: Rihanna or David Bowie? | The Tylt
Nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Like any major award show, there were some major omissions in the biggest category—Album of the Year. Rihanna fans are not happy her best-selling, critically acclaimed album "Anti" was snubbed. The late David Bowie's "Blackstar" was a hit with both his peers and fans, but many argue the Grammys failed to honor him in favor of younger pop stars. Who's more deserving for an AOTY nod? Read more and vote below! 🎶 🎤 🏆
Who really got snubbed for Album of the Year: Rihanna or David Bowie?
"Anti" and "Blackstar" are among the best albums that were released in 2016. But neither were nominated for Album of the Year—although both albums were career highlights of each respective artist. But if you could replace only one nominee, who would you nominate for Album of the Year?
Rihanna definitely showed growth with her latest effort. "Anti" is her second album to top the Billboard 200, and it's her first album since 2012's "Unapologetic."
RiRi continued to develop a eclectic pop sound—mixing reggae, dancehall, dance-pop, alternative rock, R&B, soul and hip-hop into one cohesive album. The album features one of 2016's biggest songs, the record-breaking hit "Work" featuring Drake. "Anti" will definitely go down in history as one of the greatest albums of 2016 and one of RiRi's most iconic moments. While Sturgill Simpson's nominated “A Sailor's Guide to Earth” might be an acclaimed album, "Anti" is a great pop album that will be remembered by fans, but ignored by the Grammys.
"Blackstar" was Bowie's final gift to fans before his passing. He released the album on his birthday—just two days before he died. Bowie's legacy will live on forever, but he definitely wanted to go out with a bang and give fans one last great album. The best-selling "Blackstar" debuted atop the Billboard 200—becoming Bowie's only album to go #1 on the U.S. pop album chart. But we guess Grammys didn't get that memo.
Listen to "Anti."
Listen to "Blackstar."
Some music fans can acknowledge that both RiRi and Bowie were snubbed.
RiRi's fans are heated.
Bowie fans argue he was snubbed in favor of younger (and less deserving) pop artists.