The Grammy nominations are officially here and as always there's plenty of debate about what should and shouldn't have been nominated. Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, SZA, Childish Gambino and Bruno Mars clocked up heaps of noms but there are plenty that missed out on the golden nod. Below are six records that we think should've gotten a look in somewhere in the very lengthy noms list which you can see here.
Paramore - After Laughter
Paramore won Best Rock Song back in 2015 for perhaps their most pop songs ever Ain't It Fun but this year they'e been snubbed. After Laughter, their fifth record, is also their best. It's a crisp, emotional collection of pop tunes that deals with mental health in a relatable, moveable way. It's one of 2017's most criminally underrated records and is already starting to feature on many end of year lists.
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
The Grammys is yet to embrace grime like the rest of the world has. Stormzy has had a massive year even winning over the US with his grime meets gospel record and you'd think the Grammys would want to reflect that. They have gladly embraced Brits (Adele won Album Of The Year last year) but they haven't ever awarded a British MC. If anybody was going to change that it would've been Stormzy. Maybe next time.
HAIM - Something To Tell You
HAIM were nominated for Best New Artist in 2015 but they were snubbed this year for their second record Something To Tell You. The Californian trio offered up some of the slickest alt-pop tracks of the year with a crew of the best collaborators going around right now. It might not be Album Of The Year worthy but it's pretty damn close.
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Vince Staples' Big Fish Theory is one of the most inventive, forward-thinking rap records of the year, arguably challenging Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. for the rap crown. He didn't receive a single nomination though. It's most likely because the Grammys falls on the commercial side of things and Staples is more a cult favourite than a mainstream hero.
Kehlani - SweetSexySavage
Kehalni was nominated for a Grammy for her You Should Be Here mixtape but she didn't receive a nomination for SweetSexySavage. Distraction was nominated for Best R&B Performance but the album is without a doubt one of the best R&B/pop records and it was snubbed. You could say she's more deserving of a Best Urban Contemporary Album nomination than say 6LACK who seems yet to reach his full potential.
Calvin Harris - Funk Wav. Bounces Vol. 1
Calvin delivered his best album this year switching up his sound in favour of something more groovy and textured. He's copped nominations for his EDM tracks in the past but the Grammys haven't really warmed to this album. That said, he did get a Producer Of The Year nod but we reckon the album deserved a Best Dance/Electronic Album nod.