Grammy Awards Injustices That Gay Men Will Never Get Over

WHERE is Britney Spears' Best New Artist award?

Pop divas have a special place in their hearts for gay fans. We’re fiercely loyal–seriously, we stuck with Madonna through Swept Away–and will routinely shell out major coins for your shows, even when they’re subpar. (Hence why I went negative in my checking account to get a Britney Spears Vegas ticket.) That’s why when our faves lose big time at the Grammy Awards, we get mad–pissed even. For years. Actually, we’ll be irate forever.

And these 11 instances prove it. Even after 16 years, stans are still salty about Mariah Carey losing the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for “Butterfly.” And don’t even get us started on how Lady Gaga didn’t receive a Best New Artist nomination. What the actual f-ck?!

Until the Grammy voters give Britney Spears a retroactive Best New Artist award, we we will not rest. We will not go quietly into the night. Our queens deserve justice, gosh darn it!

  • Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature somehow winning Best Pop Vocal Album over Madonna’s Music –2001.


    I’m sorry, did “Janie Runaway” bring the people together? Nope.

  • When Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters defeated Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black for Album of the Year–2008.


    Trying to make me lose gracefully; I say no, no, no.

  • The time Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” was rejected in favor of Luther Vandross (“Dance with My Father”) for Song of the Year–2004.


    Words can’t bring me down, but a Grammy loss can.

  • Mariah Carey getting the cold shoulder for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Butterfly”); Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery” won–1998.


    I don’t know her.

  • “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige losing to the damn Dixie Chicks (“Not Ready to Make Nice”) for Record of the Year–2007.


    Not ready to make nice indeed.

  • The tragedy that occurred when Rihanna and Mikky Ekko’s “Stay” lost to Daft Punk and Pharrell (“Get Lucky”) for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance–2014.


    I want you to stay get the hell off MY stage.

  • Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster losing Album of the Year to Arcade Effing Fire (The Suburbs)–2011.



  • Lady Gaga–or Ariana Grande, for that matter–not receiving a Best New Artist nomination. Ever.


    Put your paws down.

  • The f–ckery that was Nicki Minaj losing Best New Artist to Bon Iver–2012.


    “Super Bass” was a GD masterpiece.

  • The time Beck robbed Beyoncé of the Album of the Year award that was rightfully hers (Beyoncé)–2015.


    No words necessary.

  • And last, when Britney Spears tragically lost the Best New Artist award to one Christina Aguilera, a.k.a X-Tina–2000.


    This explains the head-shaving incident.

All of these pop star GIFs got us thinking: Who is the shadiest diva of all time? We attempt to answer that question in the video below.