You’d think we’re used to it by now, but the annual nominations for the Grammy Awards always have us scratching our heads. There’s always a list of fan favorites who get the recognition they deserve—and for the 2020 Grammys, Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish all have the top spots with the most nominations. But the sad truth is this: The biggest awards show in music still ignores a bunch of notable artists every year. That trend sadly continued for 2019.
The 62nd Grammy Awards has earned both the adoration and ire of hardcore hip-hop fans for its nominees for Best Rap Album. The chosen few who have been selected for such a high honor are fine picks, no doubt—the nominees are the entire Dreamville collective for Revenge of the Dreamers III, Meek Mill for Championships, 21 Savage for I Am > I Was, Tyler, the Creator for Igor and YBN Cordae for The Lost Boy. Even with all those musical stalwarts getting lined up for such a significant award, a few surprising omissions still need to be mentioned.
The Grammy voting period for this year’s ceremony considered albums and singles released between Oct. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019. And in between that time, plenty of superior rap projects and full LPs came through our speakers. It’s time to show some love to five hip-hop artists who got snubbed for Best Rap Album for the 62nd Grammy Awards.