The upcoming 57th annual Grammy Awards seem to have drummed up enough controversy, mainly due to the ratings-gaining nominations of popular artists, whether white or black, taking some of the focus away from some acts that contributed extraordinary content. Yes, everyone can't be nominated, and only a few will be winners, but it seems like music at the grassroots level is continually overlooked.
Artist like Tank, Ledisi, and Kelly Price did some great things for the R&B genre, but the Grammy telescope continues to miss their vast contributions.
Here are five artists that we think were snubbed at the upcoming ceremony.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network.
Who were your Grammy snubs?
Best Urban Contemporary Album: August Alsina – Testimony
August Alsina may not be everyone's favorite singer, but he delivered a body of work that was raw, unapologetic, and real to his life growing up. There were no gimmicks here, and we need to reward artists for their creativity as well as their passion to infuse themselves into their music. We're digging Testimony at Singersroom, and we nominate you August.
Best R&B Song: Jeremih – "Don't Tell 'Em"
Officially released in June (2014), "Don't Tell 'Em" is a top 10 (peaked at no. 6) hit from Jeremih's forthcoming third studio album, Late Nights. This record was a huge hit in clubs, households, whips, and more around the country, and it also performed well on the international level. Selling over one million downloads, this was a big miss for the Grammys, and a blow to an artist, who always delivers a hit.
Best R&B Song or Best R&B Performance: Kelly Price – "It's My Time"
Kelly Price has been nominated for seven Grammys, but she is still looking for her first prize. The empowering "It's My Time," one of Singersroom's most streamed songs of 2014, should have garnered Price her eight nod. Lifted from the veteran R&B singer-songwriter's latest album, Sing Pray Love Vol. 1, this record is packed with Price's powerhouse delivery, rousing lyrics and hopeful emotions to stir any soul.
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Tank Star – Stronger
Stronger is the sixth studio album from Tank. Led by the single "You're My Star," and the powerful ballad, "Hope This Makes You Love Me," sonically, and musically, this was probably one of the best body of work in the R&B genre in the past year. Yes, he didn't sell as well as the popular artists, but a great album is just that!
Performance: Beyonce – Precious Lord (Performed by Ledisi in the Selma film)
This may be one of the biggest misses by the Grammys! The organization called on Beyonce to perform "Precious Lord" for their 'Selma' tribute at the upcoming ceremony, ousting singer Ledisi, who performed the Mahalia Jackson song in the film. Now, everyone wants to see Beyonce perform at the Grammys, this is not our qualm, we love Bey, but this is one of those moments where she could have performed something else, so that Ledisi could garner her well-deserved recognition. We get it, Beyonce is more popular, and if we start thinking business-wise, she provides a wider reach, but how can you pay tribute to a film and a movement if you're doing the same kind of back door politics? We think Ledisi represents Mahalia just fine…and the 'Selma' film producers couldn't agree more.