Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things We like and Don't like about the 2017 Grammy Nominations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

7 Things We like and Don't like about the 2017 Grammy Nominations

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Grammy producers should have no problem getting viewers to tune in for the 59th annual ceremony Feb. 12, especially to see how the showdown of Beyonc vs. Adele takes shape.

Beyonc leads the nominations with nine for her ambitious, genre- spanning "Formation" album, her best release to date. Adele has five nominations for her true-to-form "25" album, another top-shelf release for her.

What's more interesting than who got how many nominations, though, is the fact that the two women are against each other for three of the top four awards: album of the year and record and song of the year (for Adele's "Hello" and Beyonc's "Formation").

Elsewhere among the Grammy nominations, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West earned eight each, while Chance the Rapper garnered seven.

It looks as if it could be anyone's night.

Here are some things we liked about this year's nominations and some things we didn't like.

HITS

Anderson .Paak * One pleasant surprise in the best new artist category was the inclusion of Anderson .Paak, a California rapper blowing up the scene with his "Malibu" album. We also have special affection for .Paak, who performed in September at LouFest and whose manager is from St. Louis.

Sturgill Simpson * It's always great when a left-field surprise such as Sturgill Simpson figures into the album of the year category.

King * An album nomination for the underrated King in the R&B category for the group's "We Are King" is something well deserved, though not expected.

Taylor Swift * Swift received no nominations, which could mean she won't be in the audience and we won't have to watch her dance to "sick beats."

Chance the Rapper * It seemed preordained that Chance the Rapper would have a nice showing, especially after Grammy voters changed eligibility rules this year so streaming-only releases like his "Coloring Book" could qualify.

Justin Bieber * We're not mad at the Grammy voters for throwing Bieber its biggest bone. It's Bieber's first time in the category for a job well done on his "Purpose" album. (I liked it; it really is a perfect pop record.)

Alessia Cara * No nominations for Alessia Cara, who seems overrated.

MISSES

Sia * There's no excusing the omission of Sia's "This Is Acting" from the album of the year category. …

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