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    Post some examples of Grammy category frauds:

    Santana:

    Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Maria Maria
    (it should have been submitted in the same category of Smooth: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals)

    At that time there were 2 separated categories for groups and collaborations but they didn’t want Smooth and Maria Maria to be in the same category so they totally ignored The Product G&B.

    Because of this category fraud, “I want it that way” was robbed from getting a Grammy.

    Drake:

    Best Rap/Sung performance & Best Rap Song: Hotline Bling

    Even Drake himself agrees about this.

    Kanye West:

    Best Rap SOLO Performance: Gold Digger

    (it should have been in Best Rap/Sung collaboration)

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    “U Can’t Touch This” & “Get Ur Freak On” in R&B Song

    Where were they supposed to go? There was no Rap Song category at the time. R&B was the closest alternative.

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    The Preacher’s Wife wasn’t a real “category fraud.” It didn’t benefit Whitney. It was submitted to the Gospel field and moved, and Whitney & company were pissed about it.

    And “Maria Maria” in Pop Group was definitely category fraud and it was a shame that The Product G&B did not get Grammys when it was their vocals that made the song a smash. I personally would have placed “Maria Maria” in R&B Group since the song got massive R&B/adult R&B airplay. The Product G&B would have probably been Grammy winners, but that would have been at the expense of “No Scrubs.” So whatever.

    For some reason, the Grammys always allowed songs that were collaborations to compete in Rap Solo Performance – “Hey Lover,” “If I Ruled The World,” “Gold Digger” (though I think Jamie Foxx’s vocals were probably too minimal compared to the Ray Charles sample).

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    “Thrift Shop” in Rap Performance vs. Rap/Sung Collaboration was pretty fraudulent.

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    Meat Loaf winning best rock solo performance.

    Nine Inch Nails being nominated for best male rock vocal performance.

    Metallica’s “Fuel”, “Some kind of Monster”, “The Unforgiven III”, Judas Priest’s “Visions”, Slipknot’s “Duality” and Ozzy’s “Let me hear you scream” nominated for best hard rock instead metal.

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    Also, Sade in Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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    The most famous one is Jethro Tull’s Crest of a Knave i guess. It beat Metallica’s … And Justice For All in Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental category and brought all the controversy.

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    Aretha Franklin’s version of Jumpin’ Jack Flash was nominated for R&B Female in 1987, but I think that it could have been nominated for Rock Female.

    Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff won Rock Female in 1980.

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    Rock With You remake by Brandy ended up with a nomination in Rap for Heavy D in 1997. So confused about that one

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    One that stands out to me is “Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple nominated for Pop Vocal Album instead of Alternative Music Album where she could of had a good chance of winning that year.

    “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes, kind of torn about the placement of this one because she was a country artist who had a huge crossover pop hit with that song. She could have been placed in Female Pop Vocal Performance but also she would have faced competition from the Lilith Fair ladies.

    I don’t understand how her and Trisha Yearwood’s version were nominated in the same category, Female Country Vocal Performance with Yearwood winning. Prior to 1998, did the Grammys ever nominate different versions of the same song in the same category? Can someone answer that for me please? Thank you.

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    The Nine Inch Nails nomination for “Into the Void” for Male Rock Vocal Performance is interesting considering that Reznor is the center, maybe they just counted him solo that year?

    Also, the year “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk won in Pop Duo/Group Performance instead of being nominated for Dance Recording. Was there a rule change where it couldn’t compete there?

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