The Recording Academy showed appreciation for a variety of young artists this year, but they didn't extend any of that love toward Justin Bieber.
The 18-year-old pop star didn't snag a Grammy nod Wednesday for his album "Believe," or any of its singles. Instead, the six artists at the top of the nominees pile include Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Jay-Z, Kanye West and Fun., who earned six nods each.
If you're Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, you look at that and think the Recording Academy "blew it."
After congratulating Bieber's fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, who picked up two nominations for "Call Me Maybe," Braun didn't try to tone down his opinion of the nominations on Twitter.
"This time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one," he posted. "The hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge [successful] album, sold out tour, and won people over ... this time he deserved to be recognized and I don't really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision I don't agree with."
But Biebs was far from the only name we're accustomed to seeing climb the Hot 100 that was missing from the nominees list.
One Direction came up empty-handed, as did Nicki Minaj and Usher. Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee," the type of duets album that's normally considered catnip for the Grammys, was also ignored.
Looking at the selection of nominees overall, Billboard noticed that the 55th round of nominations was like "phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys," with the Recording Academy acknowledging fresh acts rather than legends.
But "if there's chaos to the proceedings this year," suggests the Los Angeles Times, "it's largely a reflection of a mainstream music culture ... that's 'more of a moving target.'" For example, the Times says, consider that "artists ranging from Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie, Justin Bieber, Pink, and Mumford & Sons to Nicki Minaj, Miranda Lambert, Usher and the Zac Brown Band held the top spot on the album chart" during the eligibility period.
Slate makes a similar observation, pointing to the number of artists who received multiple nominations versus one artist emerging as a victor of recognition.
"While this shows just how vast the pool of worthy albums has become - in spite of the music industry’s commercial struggles," Slate posits, "the triumph of the new traditional vanguard is visible there, too."
What do you think? What were the big snubs and surprises for you, and do you agree that this year's slate of nominees is a sign that the there's a new raft of young artists poised for prominence in the industry?