Six juicy Grammy conspiracy theories!
I asked our forums moderator Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch to give us his reax to Grammy bids. He's so befuddled by what is — and what's not — on the list of nominees that he can think of no other explanation: It's a conspiracy! In fact, six of them! Yeah! Read Darrin's report below, then check out more dish on this sinister topic in our forums — CLICK HERE!
The Grammys had a lot of snubs (as usual), but this year something is definitely off. Check out these snubs:
1.) No Eagles in album of the year. People speculate that voters felt there was only room for one veteran act in the category (the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss duets album). Also, Plant has been severely under-rewarded by Grammy voters (he only has two wins, and Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy). So people think the Eagles were snubbed in order to ensure a Robert Plant win.
2.) Not only was Alicia Keys snubbed in the general field, but she also wasn't even nominated for best R&B album or best R&B song. "As I Am" was the bestselling album of the eligibility period, according to Billboard, and got great reviews. Plus, Alicia is an obvious Grammy favorite. Lots of bloggers think Alicia was secretly punished for appearing at the AMAs, and they think voters eliminated her to give other artists a chance to win. Her snub in R&B blbum is especially shocking considering every album nominated is a commercial flop and even a Boyz II Men covers album was nominated (so voters were clearly fishing to fill out the category).
3.) Leona Lewis was snubbed in best new artist despite scoring nominations for record of the year, pop female vocal and pop album. This is absolutely unprecedented. Posters are speculating an "American Idol"-type backlash has set in and voters didn't want to nominate a manufactured pop star in the best new artist category. Plus, Clive Davis has stepped down, and many speculate he didn't have as much pull as he did in prior years with NARAS members.
4.) Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" was one of the most acclaimed albums of the year and sold like hotcakes, but Sugarland didn't receive any general field nominations and weren't even nodded for best country album. Posters are saying the country voting bloc didn't support Sugarland because they think its music is "too pop" to be considered country. For me, the best country album snub is especially shocking. They were the front-runners to win.
6.) Mariah Carey's historic No. 1 single, "Touch My Body," was shut out of the R&B field. That's especially odd considering how weak the nominations in the R&B field are this year. Again, it is being speculated the voters eliminated some higher-profile artists from competition so the unknown artists could win.
If you want to delve in deeper and probe these and other Grammy conspiracy theories, check out this thread in our forums — CLICK HERE!
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