Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee is a No. 1 album in the U.S., sold 199,000 units in its first week and went platinum. It’s one of the top selling albums of 2012. Despite the album’s success, the Grammy darling didn’t receive any nominations during last night’s Grammy nominations announcement. It was one of the most obvious snubs of the night.
Lionel’s snub aside, the Grammys did get it right in other areas. It’s hard to believe legendary emcee Nas has never won a Grammy in his nearly 20 year career. He’s been nominated eight times, but no wins, even with five number one albums and one of the best hip-hop albums in history (Illmatic). His 10th album Life Is Good, though, led to four nods for Best Rap Performance for “Daughters,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Cherry Wine,” Best Rap Song for “Daughters” and Best Rap Album. We’ll take a leap and predict “Cherry Wine” featuring Amy Winehouse will win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. In “Back When” from the aforementioned album Nas rapped, “I don’t get the credit I deserve that’s why I hate doing interviews.” Life Is Good deserves the recognition.
No one was actually surprised by Frank Ocean‘s nods for Record Of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Channel Orange was a huge breakout album for VIBE’s Man Of the Year. Along with Frank Ocean, indie pop group Fun. dominated the night’s categories. Fun.’s Some Nights, with the help of its hit single “We Are Young,” earned the group six nominations. Considering the group’s slow segue into mainstream, six nods is a huge feat for the trio.
2012 was a great year in music. The underdogs–Frank Ocean and Fun.–soared. Hip-hop embraced the old and the new. Pop was saturated with vocally alluring albums. And R&B regained the reigns of traditional rhythm and blues while ushering in a new crop of talent. Music was either really dope in 2012 or the Grammys got it right by nominating truly deserving records. It’s actually a little bit of both.
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