The Grammys are a perennial source of confusion, disbelief, and righteous, mighty anger … and this year’s nominations, announced last night, are no exception! … But here’s the one thing we should all focus our collective anger toward this morning: the painful snubbing of Kanye West.
At first glance, Kanye should have nothing to be upset about. He actually leads the field in Grammy nominations with seven (Adele, Bruno Mars, and the Foo Fighters are next, with six apiece). But not one of those nominations is for Album of the Year. That’s right: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was shut out in favor of Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans. This is, primarily, about Kanye totally, definitively deserving an Album of the Year spot. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way makes sense, and Adele’s 21 would have probably beaten him for the title anyway. But how did the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light and Rihanna’s Loud — both fine, very visible 2011 albums that in no way touch the scope and cultural permeation of MBDTF — slip in ahead of ‘Ye? And, again: Bruno fucking Mars?! Are you serious right now?