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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Of the big four industry awards, I think the Grammys are the least concerned with critics and the most concerned with popularity. That’s not to say critics are always right, but what do you think are some of the worst albums that have been nominated for the top prize, ones you think the recording academy should be a little embarrassed about?

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    Briana Breeze
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    I’m going with the year Tony Bennett won for Album of the Year. 1994, right? That lineup was so boring, maybe with the exception of Bonnie Raitt and Seal and 1994 was one of the best years in music and a lot of it was overlooked in the major categories.

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    To me, the worst albums were the ones from the Dixie Chicks and the reason why I think so has absolutely nothing to do with where they choose to stand on political issues. Ever since they first started getting awards at all period, I never thought that there was anything special about them, their singing especially.

    God bless you always!!!

    Holly

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album. 

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    Daniel B.
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    According to Metacritc, these are the worst-reviewed albums nominated for Album of the Year from the last 15 years (so, the last 75 AOTY nominees):

    1. [52] Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (2011)
    2. [60] The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D. (2010)
    3. [60] fun. – Some Nights (2013)
    4. [61] Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2012)
    5. [62] Beyonce – I Am…Sasha Fierce (2010)
    6. [62] Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour (2015)
    7. [63] Eminem – Recovery (2011)
    8. [63] Lady Antebellum – Need You Now (2011)
    9. [63] Mumford & Sons – Babel (2013)
    10. [64] Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi (2006)
    11. [67] Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King (2010)
    12. [67] John Mayer – Continuum (2007)
    13. [67] Rihanna – Loud (2012)
    14. [67] Ed Sheeran – x (2015)
    15. [67] Pharrell Williams – GIRL (2015)
    16. [68] Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest (2014)
    17. [68] Justin Timberlake – Justified (2004)
    18. [70] Nelly – Nellyville (2003)
    19. [70] Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds (2007)
    20. [71] Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys (2005)
    21. [71] Usher – Confessions (2005)
    22. [N/A] Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company (2005)
    23. [N/A] Evanescence – Fallen (2004)
    24. [N/A] Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (2008)
    25. [N/A] India.Arie – Acoustic Soul (2002)

    And the following albums are not listed on AcclaimedMusic.net, a website that combines thousands of critics’ best of lists to determine to most critically-acclaimed albums (and songs) of all time:

    1. 1959 – Van Cliburn – Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23
    2. 1960 – Robert Russell Bennett – Victory at Sea Vol. 1
    3. 1960 – Van Cliburn – Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
    4. 1960 – Henry Mancini – More Music from Peter Gunn
    5. 1961 – Nat King Cole – Wild Is Love
    6. 1961 – Erich Leinsdorf – Puccini: Turandot
    7. 1962 – Si Zentner & The Johnny Mann Singers – Great Band with Great Voices
    8. 1963 – Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
    9. 1963 – Vaughn Meader – The First Family [*]
    10. 1963 – Allan Sherman – My Son, the Folk Singer 
    11. 1964 – Al Hirt – Honey in the Horn
    12. 1964 – The Singing Nun – The Singing Nun
    13. 1964 – The Swingle Singers – Bach’s Greatest Hits
    14. 1964 – Andy Williams – Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests
    15. 1965 – Al Hirt – Cotton Candy
    16. 1966 – Eddy Arnold – My World
    17. 1966 – Barbra Streisand – My Name Is Barbra
    18. 1967 – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – What Now My Love
    19. 1967 – Maurice Jarre – Doctor Zhivago Soundtrack
    20. 1967 – Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music [*]
    21. 1967 – Barbra Streisand – Color Me Barbra
    22. 1968 – Ed Ames – My Cup Runneth Over
    23. 1968 – Vikki Carr – It Must Be Him
    24. 1969 – Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix [*]
    25. 1969 – Richard Harris – A Tramp Shining
    26. 1970 – The 5th Dimension – The Age of Aquarius
    27. 1971 – Chicago – Chicago [II]
    28. 1972 – Carpenters – Carpenters
    29. 1973 – Neil Diamond – Moods
    30. 1973 – Original Broadway Cast Recording – Jesus Christ Superstar
    31. 1975 – John Denver – Back Home Again
    32. 1975 – Elton John – Caribou
    33. 1977 – Chicago – Chicago X
    34. 1979 – Barry Manilow – Even Now
    35. 1979 – Various Artists – Grease Original Soundtrack Album
    36. 1980 – The Doobie Brothers – Minute by Minute
    37. 1980 – Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
    38. 1981 – Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross [*]
    39. 1981 – Billy Joel – Glass Houses
    40. 1981 – Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: Past, Present & Future
    41. 1982 – Quincy Jones – The Dude
    42. 1982 – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity
    43. 1983 – Billy Joel – The Nylon Curtain
    44. 1984 – Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
    45. 1984 – Various Artists – Flashdance Soundtrack
    46. 1986 – Phil Collins – No Jacket Required [*]
    47. 1986 – U.S.A. for Africa – We Are the World
    48. 1988 – Whitney Houston – Whitney
    49. 1989 – Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures
    50. 1989 – Steve Winwood – Roll with It
    51. 1991 – Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
    52. 1991 – Phil Collins – …But Seriously
    53. 1991 – MC Hammer – Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em
    54. 1991 – Quincy Jones – Back on the Block [*]
    55. 1991 – Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
    56. 1992 – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…with Love [*]
    57. 1992 – Amy Grant – Heart in Motion
    58. 1992 – Bonnie Raitt – Luck of the Draw
    59. 1993 – Various Artists – Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
    60. 1994 – Donald Fagen – Kamakiriad
    61. 1994 – Billy Joel – River of Dreams
    62. 1995 – Tony Bennett – MTV Unplugged [*]
    63. 1995 – Bonnie Raitt – Longing in Their Hearts
    64. 1995 – Seal – Seal
    65. 1995 – The 3 Tenors – The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994
    66. 1996 – Mariah Carey – Daydream
    67. 1996 – Michael Jackson – HIStory: Past, Present & Future Book I
    68. 1997 – Celine Dion – Falling Into You [*]
    69. 1997 – Various Artists – Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack
    70. 1998 – Babyface – The Day
    71. 1998 – Paula Cole – This Fire
    72. 1999 – Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions
    73. 2000 – Backstreet Boys – Millennium
    74. 2000 – Dixie Chicks – Fly
    75. 2000 – Diana Krall – When I Look in Your Eyes
    76. 2001 – Paul Simon – You’re the One
    77. 2002 – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul
    78. 2004 – Evanescence – Fallen
    79. 2005 – Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company [*]
    80. 2005 – Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys
    81. 2006 – Gwen Stefani – Love.Angel.Music.Baby.
    82. 2008 – Vince Gill – These Days
    83. 2008 – Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters [*]
    84. 2009 – Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman
    85. 2010 – Beyonce – I Am…Sasha Fierce
    86. 2010 – The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.
    87. 2010 – Lady Gaga – The Fame
    88. 2010 – Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
    89. 2010 – Taylor Swift – Fearless [*]
    90. 2011 – Eminem – Recovery
    91. 2011 – Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
    92. 2011 – Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
    93. 2012 – Lady Gaga – Born This Way
    94. 2012 – Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    95. 2012 – Rihanna – Loud
    96. 2013 – fun. – Some Nights
    97. 2013 – Mumford & Sons – Babel [*]
    98. 2014 – Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
    99. 2014 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
    100. 2014 – Taylor Swift – Red
    101. 2015 – Ed Sheeran – x
    102. 2015 – Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
    103. 2015 – Pharrell Williams – GIRL

    It’s pretty sad that there are some years that have NO albums from AcclaimedMusic (1991, 2010), and several other where more than half of the nominees are nowhere to be found on AM’s website (1960, 1964, 1967, 1981, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).

    AcclaimedMusic.net ranks the Top 3000 albums, and on top of that includes an additional 2,271 “bubbling under” titles.

    Unfortunately, of the 288 albums that have been nominated for Album of the Year, only 143 (just under 50%) appear on AcclaimedMusic’s Top 3000, 39 albums (14%) are on the Bubbling Under list, and the remaining 103 (36%) are not listed on Acclaimed Music at all.

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    Richard Aniston
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    #412333

    Teenage Dream and The E.N.D first came to my mind when I read the thread title, and I see Daniel’s list has it covered.

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album.

    Even if what they sing was actually worth anything, to me, their singing is still nothing special.

    God bless you always!!!

    Holly

    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_Q

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    Kadu335
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    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album. 

    Agree 100%

    “Home” is a fantastic record and by far my favorite from that year’s lineup! “Taking the Long Way” is also great and definitely a worthy winner in 2007.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    [quote=”BenitoDelicias”]

    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album. 

    Agree 100%

    “Home” is a fantastic record and by far my favorite from that year’s lineup! “Taking the Long Way” is also great and definitely a worthy winner in 2007.
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    I’ve got every Dixie Chicks album since Natalie Maines joined and think all were worthy of their Album of the Year noms (“Wide Open Spaces” wasn’t nominated there but would have been deserving of one).

    I agree that “Home” was their best, but I actually love “Fly” almost as much. Ironically, my least favorite of their four albums is “Taking the Long Way,” which won Album of the Year. I still like it a lot, but that collection of songs didn’t quite connect with me as much as their previous albums, except for a handful of great songs like “Not Ready to Make Nice,” “Everybody Knows,” “Lullaby,” and “Silent House.”

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    Kadu335
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    [quote=”KaduDiniz”]

    [quote=”BenitoDelicias”]

    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album. 

    Agree 100%

    “Home” is a fantastic record and by far my favorite from that year’s lineup! “Taking the Long Way” is also great and definitely a worthy winner in 2007.
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    I’ve got every Dixie Chicks album since Natalie Maines joined and think all were worthy of their Album of the Year noms (“Wide Open Spaces” wasn’t nominated there but would have been deserving of one).

    I agree that “Home” was their best, but I actually love “Fly” almost as much. Ironically, my least favorite of their four albums is “Taking the Long Way,” which won Album of the Year. I still like it a lot, but that collection of songs didn’t quite connect with me as much as their previous albums, except for a handful of great songs like “Not Ready to Make Nice,” “Everybody Knows,” “Lullaby,” and “Silent House.”
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    I have all their albums as well. Actually, they were responsable for me becoming the big country music fan I am today… They were the first country act I became a fan of!

    I also love “Fly”! It was around it’s release that I started paying atention to them, so it has a special place in my heart as well. (It also has their best run of singles in my opinion)

    They definitley deserved all their Best Country Album wins and all their nominations (and win) for Album of the Year.

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    TerenceFletcher
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    [quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]

    [quote=”KaduDiniz”]

    [quote=”BenitoDelicias”]

    Please….I’m not going to fight you on Fly, but Home deserved to win. That album is fucking fantastic. And Taking the Long Way was a worthy winner. Out of that group of nominees, regardless of Kanye’s toughts and Justin Timberlake apparently crying about it, it was the best album. 

    Agree 100%

    “Home” is a fantastic record and by far my favorite from that year’s lineup! “Taking the Long Way” is also great and definitely a worthy winner in 2007.
    [/quote]

    I’ve got every Dixie Chicks album since Natalie Maines joined and think all were worthy of their Album of the Year noms (“Wide Open Spaces” wasn’t nominated there but would have been deserving of one).

    I agree that “Home” was their best, but I actually love “Fly” almost as much. Ironically, my least favorite of their four albums is “Taking the Long Way,” which won Album of the Year. I still like it a lot, but that collection of songs didn’t quite connect with me as much as their previous albums, except for a handful of great songs like “Not Ready to Make Nice,” “Everybody Knows,” “Lullaby,” and “Silent House.”
    [/quote]

    I have all their albums as well. Actually, they were responsable for me becoming the big country music fan I am today… They were the first country act I became a fan of!

    I also love “Fly”! It was around it’s release that I started paying atention to them, so it has a special place in my heart as well. (It also has their best run of singles in my opinion)

    They definitley deserved all their Best Country Album wins and all their nominations (and win) for Album of the Year.
    [/quote]

    I own all four albums as well. I am very happy with almost all of their Grammy wins and nominations. The only win I would dispute is Wide Open Spaces beating Shania Twain’s Come on Over in Best Country Album. It’s still a worthy winner however, I just think Come on Over is more groundbreaking in bringing the country genre to a mainstream audience.

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    ^^^ I agree. Right me if I am wrong, but that album from Shania has sold way more than any other album in country music history anyways so for the Grammy award powers that be to name another release Best Country Album over Come On Over was like they were saying that those who purchased the Come On Over album were stupid for buying it when those who bought it outnumbered however many decided that the Wide Open Spaces album be given the award.

    God bless you and Shania always!!!

    Holly

    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_Q

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    ^^^ I agree. Right me if I am wrong, but that album from Shania has sold way more than any other album in country music history anyways so for the Grammy award powers that be to name another release Best Country Album over Come On Over was like they were saying that those who purchased the Come On Over album were stupid for buying it when those who bought it outnumbered however many decided that the Wide Open Spaces album be given the award.

    God bless you and Shania always!!!

    Holly

    James Otto I love you but the Dixie Chicks were one of the best acts in music music history. Come On Over is my jam and should of won country album but I absolutely love the Dixie Chicks and deserve Grammy they won.

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    [quote=”James Otto Sweet Heart”]^^^ I agree. Right me if I am wrong, but that album from Shania has sold way more than any other album in country music history anyways so for the Grammy award powers that be to name another release Best Country Album over Come On Over was like they were saying that those who purchased the Come On Over album were stupid for buying it when those who bought it outnumbered however many decided that the Wide Open Spaces album be given the award.

    God bless you and Shania always!!!

    HollyJames Otto I love you but the Dixie Chicks were one of the best acts in music music history. Come On Over is my jam and should of won country album but I absolutely love the Dixie Chicks and deserve Grammy they won.[/quote]

    The Dixie Chicks were one of the best acts in music history? I love you too. (smiles)

    God bless you always!!!

    Holly

    P.S. When you are a fan of someone, you say that they are, not they were.

    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
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    Jesus, talk about splitting hairs.

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