The official list of the 2021 Grammy nominations were unveiled, and much like every other year, there’s plenty to talk about. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa dominate, while Roddy Ricch was the token rapper by the Recording Academy.
While The Weeknd receiving zero nominations became the biggest snub in Grammys history, Rap was overlooked at the 2021 Grammys. With no prominent rap album in Album of the Year, and the lack of recognition for young talent, the Recording Academy prove that they’re out of touch when it comes to rap. Here’s 5 takeaways on why rap music and rappers deserved better from the Recording Academy:
Roddy Ricch Reached Rockstar Status, So Why Wasn’t He Represented As One?
Released on December 6, 2019, Roddy Ricch’s debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, ushered the new year in by becoming the first prominent album of 2020. With significant sales and streams, Roddy Ricch with the album, and the hit, “The Box” was the breakthrough artist of the year. But with no Best Rap Album, Record of the Year, or Album of the Year nomination, Roddy Ricch wasn’t completely shut out, but it sure feels like it.
Lil Baby Is The Rapper of the Year, But The Recording Academy Didn’t Realize That
This was undeniably Lil Baby’s year. With the most consumed album of the year, sales and streams wise, My Turn was the rap album of the year. Best Rap Album had Lil Baby’s name written all over it, but The Recording Academy erased it before it was even recognized. While “The Bigger Picture” received two nominations, it was only awarded with participation prizes.
Pop Smoke, we’re so sorry they failed you
Posthumously, Pop Smoke’s debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, became the soundtrack of the summer. Becoming one of the highest selling albums of the year, with a slew of top 10 hits, the posthumous debut album helped to establish the rapper as one of the prominent “new” artists of the year. With no Best New Artist, or Best Rap Album recognition, the Grammys failed Pop Smoke.
Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, and Juice WRLD get shut out, but D Smoke gets in?
A reality TV show winner, the brother of SiR, and a connection with Kendrick Lamar, D Smoke caught steam with his impressive skills, but yet is still the odd ball. The Academy took a pass on prominent young stars that dominated the mainstream realm and decided to throw the curve-ball with one of the oddest choices for Best Rap Album in years.
The Recording Academy Didn’t Recognize the 30-Under-30 for Best Rap Album
First thing first, each artist nominated deserves their recognition, but seriously, no one under the age of 35 gets nominated? The oldest at 47, is Nas, who is long overdue for a Grammy win, and the youngest is 35, the oddball D Smoke. This year was dominated by young talent but with one look at the Best Rap Album nominees, you wouldn’t think that.