2017 Grammy Snubs: David Bowie, Radiohead & Sia shut out of top categories

It’s not a good year to be an alternative artist at the Grammys, at least not in the general field. Two of the most acclaimed artists of the year were left out of Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories: David Bowie and Radiohead.

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Bowie earned acclaim for “Blackstar” when it was released on January 8, 2016, and it took on even greater significance when Bowie unexpectedly died of liver cancer just two days later at age 69. Many thought the recording academy might make it up to him posthumously after under-rewarding him throughout his career; the legend only won one competitive award during his life, Best Short Form Video for “Jazzin’ for Blue Jean” (1984), in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. But it turns out voters weren’t that sentimental.

Despite missing out on the top categories, Bowie did end up with four nominations in genre fields: Best Alternative Album and Best Engineered Album for “Blackstar,” as well as Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the title track.

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Radiohead suffered an even bigger shortfall. After we predicted them to earn their fourth Album of the Year nomination for “A Moon Shaped Pool” they ended up with just two noms: Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song for “Burn the Witch.”

In addition to those snubs, we expected veteran singer-songwriter Sia to contend for Record and Song of the Year for her chart-topping hit “Cheap Thrills” with Sean Paul, and she was a potential dark horse for Album of the Year for “This is Acting,” but she was overlooked in all three races. However, she did manage three nominations elsewhere: Best Pop Duo/Group for “Cheap Thrills,” Best Pop Vocal Album for “This is Acting” and Best Visual Media Song for “Try Everything,” which she co-wrote for Shakira for the film “Zootopia.”

See some of the other most significant Grammy snubs below. Read our report on the Grammy nominees right here.

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NOT NOMINATED: Album of the Year
“Anti,” Rihanna
“Blackstar,” David Bowie
“Dangerous Woman,” Ariana Grande
“The Life of Pablo,” Kanye West
“A Moon Shaped Pool,” Radiohead
“This is Acting,” Sia

NOT NOMINATED: Record of the Year
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
“Cheap Thrills,” Sia feat. Sean Paul
“Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
“Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber
“Sorry,” Justin Bieber

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NOT NOMINATED: Song of the Year
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
“Cheap Thrills,” Sia feat. Sean Paul
“Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
“Let it Go,” James Bay
“Work,” Rihanna feat. Drake

NOT NOMINATED: Best New Artist
Cam
Alessia Cara
Lukas Graham
Shawn Mendes
Bryson Tiller

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