12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out

  • FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - BTS arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with 'œDynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - BTS arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with 'œDynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This combination photo shows R&B female artist Kehlani, from left, Teyana Taylor and Brandy, who were not nominated for a Grammy on Tuesday.

    This combination photo shows R&B female artist Kehlani, from left, Teyana Taylor and Brandy, who were not nominated for a Grammy on Tuesday. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Miranda Lambert performs "Keeper of the Flame" at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for best country album. Other nominees in that category include Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingrid Andress. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Miranda Lambert performs "Keeper of the Flame" at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for best country album. Other nominees in that category include Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingrid Andress. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This combination photo shows actresses Renee Zellweger, left, and Meryl Streep, who are both nominated for Grammy Awards. Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role as Judy Garland in 'œJudy," earned a Grammy nomination for best traditional pop vocal album for her performance on the soundtrack.  Streep is nominated for best spoken world album for 'œCharlotte's Web."

    This combination photo shows actresses Renee Zellweger, left, and Meryl Streep, who are both nominated for Grammy Awards. Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role as Judy Garland in 'œJudy," earned a Grammy nomination for best traditional pop vocal album for her performance on the soundtrack. Streep is nominated for best spoken world album for 'œCharlotte's Web." Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, John Prine performs at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The icon earned two posthumous Grammy nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for 'œI Remember Everything." Prine died  April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73.

    FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, John Prine performs at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The icon earned two posthumous Grammy nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for 'œI Remember Everything." Prine died April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, file photo, Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his new album "Popular Problems" in New York.   Cohen has earned multiple posthumous Grammy nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated this year for best folk album with 'œThanks for the Dance," his fifteenth and final studio album. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, file photo, Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his new album "Popular Problems" in New York. Cohen has earned multiple posthumous Grammy nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated this year for best folk album with 'œThanks for the Dance," his fifteenth and final studio album. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This combination photo shows Megan Thee Stallion, from left, Mickey Guyton and Harry Styles, who, along with the Strokes, Jay Electronica, and Michael Kiwanuka, received first-ever Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

    This combination photo shows Megan Thee Stallion, from left, Mickey Guyton and Harry Styles, who, along with the Strokes, Jay Electronica, and Michael Kiwanuka, received first-ever Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles. Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. Guyton wrote 'œBlack Like Me" a year before Floyd's death, but rushed to release the song because she said the time was right. The poignant track earned a Grammy nomination for best country solo performance. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles. Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. Guyton wrote 'œBlack Like Me" a year before Floyd's death, but rushed to release the song because she said the time was right. The poignant track earned a Grammy nomination for best country solo performance. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The 21-track album "Legends Never Die" set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but failed to receive a Grammy nomination. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The 21-track album "Legends Never Die" set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but failed to receive a Grammy nomination. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - Luke Combs performs at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Combs, who dominated the country charts and was streamed heavily on streaming services, was surprisingly shut out of the Grammy Award nominations this year.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Luke Combs performs at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Combs, who dominated the country charts and was streamed heavily on streaming services, was surprisingly shut out of the Grammy Award nominations this year.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King."  The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations.  (Travis Matthews/Disney Plus via AP)

    This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King." The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Travis Matthews/Disney Plus via AP) Associated Press

  • This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.

    This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Jay Z, left, and Beyonce arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" in New York. Beyonce was nominated for nine Grammy Awards on Tuesday. She is tied with  Paul McCartney for the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. Her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each, are tied for first place. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Jay Z, left, and Beyonce arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" in New York. Beyonce was nominated for nine Grammy Awards on Tuesday. She is tied with Paul McCartney for the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. Her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each, are tied for first place. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke arrives at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, marked a major comeback this year, producing hits for Saweetie, Juice WRLD and Doja Cat, who is signed to his record label. And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke arrives at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, marked a major comeback this year, producing hits for Saweetie, Juice WRLD and Doja Cat, who is signed to his record label. And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - Members of BTS perform at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration in New York on Dec. 31, 2019. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with 'œDynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Members of BTS perform at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration in New York on Dec. 31, 2019. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with 'œDynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This combination photo shows comedians, from left, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and Bill Burr, who were nominated for a Grammy award in the best comedy album category.

    This combination photo shows comedians, from left, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and Bill Burr, who were nominated for a Grammy award in the best comedy album category. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Monday, July 10, 2017 file photo, Paul McCartney performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year - as an art director. The former Beatle is nominated for best boxed or special limited edition package for the collector's edition of his 10th solo album, 'œFlaming Pie." He's listed as one of the art directors on the project, and shares his nomination with Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith and James Musgrave.

    FILE - In this Monday, July 10, 2017 file photo, Paul McCartney performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year - as an art director. The former Beatle is nominated for best boxed or special limited edition package for the collector's edition of his 10th solo album, 'œFlaming Pie." He's listed as one of the art directors on the project, and shares his nomination with Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith and James Musgrave. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/24/2020 5:14 PM

NEW YORK -- Twelve things worth noting about Tuesday's nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to posthumous nominees to famous folks competing for awards.

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SNUBBED SINGERS

The Weeknd sings about being a 'œstar boy" but the Grammys' response to his latest album? Bye boy.

The pop star was severely snubbed this year despite having one of the year's biggest albums with 'œAfter Hours" and topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 'œBlinding Lights" and 'œHeartless."

Luke Combs also walked away without a single nomination though he was country music's most successful musician this year. Morgan Wallen also had a great year in country music, but didn't earn any nods. And the Chicks' first album in 14 years was not recognized.

A group of young R&B female acts moving the needle also missed out on nominations, including Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor and Kehlani. Late rapper Juice WRLD, Brandy and Chris Brown were also snubbed.

Though they received nominations in their genre categories, acts such as Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple and Harry Styles didn't pick up bids for album, song or record of the year.

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K-POP KINGS

For years BTS have said their dream is to be Grammy-nominated. And they've finally achieved it.

The K-pop band is nominated for best pop duo/group performance with 'œDynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Others who scored their first-ever nominations include Harry Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, the Strokes, Jay Electronica, Michael Kiwanuka and Mickey Guyton.

DR. LUKE aka TYSON TRAX


Dr. Luke marked a major comeback this year, producing hits for Saweetie, Juice WRLD and Doja Cat, who is signed to his record label. And it earned him his first Grammy nomination in six years.

The hit 'œSay So" marked a breakthrough for Doja Cat and Dr. Luke, who last launched a No. 1 smash with Katy Perry's 'œDark Horse" in 2014, the same year his former collaborator Kesha accused him of sexual assault during their yearslong partnership. Dr. Luke has vigorously denied the allegations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'œSay So" is nominated for record of the year, an award given to the song's artist and producer, helping Dr. Luke earn a nomination. But instead of using his known name on the credits for the song, he's listed as Tyson Trax.

Other monikers Dr. Luke has used are Loctor Duke and MADE IN CHINA.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international protests that took place following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others.

And those songs are nominated for Grammys.

BeyoncĂ©'s 'œBlack Parade," released on Juneteenth, is up for four awards including record and song of the year. The protest song 'œI Can't Breathe" by H.E.R. is nominated for song of the year, while Lil Baby's 'œThe Bigger Picture" - which reached the No. 3 spot on the pop charts - is up for best rap song and best rap performance. And Anderson .Paak's 'œLockdown," about police brutality and racial injustice, is up for best melodic rap performance and best music video.

Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote 'œBlack Like Me" a year before Floyd's death, but rushed to release the song because she said the time was right. The poignant track earned a nomination for best country solo performance.

LONG LIVE THE DEAD

John Prine died of complications of the coronavirus in April, but his spirit is all over the Grammy Awards.

The icon earned two posthumous nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for 'œI Remember Everything."

Breakthrough rapper Pop Smoke died this year but his hit song 'œDior," a double platinum success, is nominated for best rap performance. Nipsey Hussle, who died last year and won two posthumous Grammys earlier this year, scored a nomination for best rap performance for his guest appearance on Big Sean's 'œDeep Reverence."

Leonard Cohen has earned multiple posthumous nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated for best folk album with 'œThanks for the Dance," his fifteenth and final studio album.

And songwriter LaShawn Daniels, who died last year and won a Grammy for co-writing Destiny's Child's 'œSay My Name," is competing for best gospel performance/song with 'œCome Together" by his close friend Rodney 'œDarkchild' Jerkins. Daniels and Jerkins started writing the song about the world coming together 17 years ago but Jerkins released it this year during the pandemic to offer healing and hope to listeners.

A-LIST ACTS

Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger are vying for Grammy gold.

Streep is nominated for best spoken word album for 'œCharlotte's Web," pitting her against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, journalist Ronan Farrow and 'œJeopardy!' record-holder Ken Jennings, who is nominated for reading 'œAlex Trebex - The Answer Is...'

Zellweger won her second Academy Award for 'œJudy" and her performance on the soundtrack earned her a nomination for best traditional pop vocal album.

Cynthia Erivo, a Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner, scored a nomination for best written song for visual media with 'œStand Up" from 'œHarriet." The song, which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell, also earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year.

And the best comedy album award is stacked with famous folks, including Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr.

WOMEN WHO ROCK

Female acts dominate in the best rock song and best rock performance categories, with performers like Fiona Apple, Brittany Howard, HAIM, Grace Potter, Phoebe Bridgers and Big Thief - led by Adrianne Lenker - in contention.

And while country radio is overloaded with male artists, the Grammys' best country album category is packed with women, including Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingrid Andress.

IT'S BRITTANY B----!

Brittany Howard has already won four Grammys with her talented band Alabama Shakes, but her first solo album is getting tons of Grammy love.


'œJaime" was released last year and is one of those rare albums competing for multiple genres at the Grammys. The album is nominated for best alternative music album, her song 'œStay High" is up for best rock song and best rock performance, the track 'œGoat Head" is nominated for best R&B performance, and 'œShort and Sweet" is competing for best American Roots performance.

JAY-Z, THE SONGWRITERS, SHINES

Happy wife, happy life: Jay-Z has lent his songwriting hand to his wife Beyoncé and he's earned Grammy nominations for it.

Jay-Z co-wrote BeyoncĂ©'s 'œBlack Parade" and 'œSavage" with Megan Thee Stallion, and now he's nominated for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song - categories reserved for songwriters.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have won five Grammys together.

HIP-HOP IS DEAD

Despite rap music being today's most popular genre, no rap albums are nominated for the top prize, album of the year.

Expected nominees included Roddy Ricch's 'œPlease Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," Lil Baby's 'œMy Turn" and DaBaby's 'œBlame It on Baby" or 'œKirk."

But those albums didn't even score nomination in the best rap album category. Instead, nominees were focused on rap purists and respected lyricists instead of the young performers dominating the pop charts.

Nominees for best rap album include Nas' 'œKing's Disease," Jay Electronica's 'œA Written Testimony,' Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist's 'œAlfredo," 'œThe Allegory" by Royce Da 5'9' and D Smoke's 'œBlack Habits."

PAUL McCARTNEY, THE ART DIRECTOR

Paul McCartney scored his 79th Grammy nominations this year - as an art director.

The former Beatle is nominated for best boxed or special limited edition package for the collector's edition of his 10th solo album, 'œFlaming Pie." He's listed as one of the art directors on the project, and shares his nomination with Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith and James Musgrave.

McCartney is the owner of 18 Grammys.

PAIN OF THE PANDEMIC

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Best Immersive Audio Album Craft Committee was unable to meet to decide winners for the best immersive audio album Grammy. The judging of the entries has been postponed, and the nominees will be announced next year. The winners for the 2021 award will be announced at the 2022 show.

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