With the exception of Sara Bareilles' unexpected nod in the Album of the Year category, this year’s Grammy nominations probably haven't ruffled many feathers. But don't you sometimes wish for a Kanye West-style stage invasion in protest of some of the golden gramophones' winners? Here’s a look at 10 of the award show's biggest blunders over the past 55 years.
The Beatles' snub (1966)
Incredibly, the Beatles only won five Grammys during their lifespan. They could have tripled that number in 1966 when they picked up 10 nominations. But instead they walked away from the ceremony without a single trophy after repeatedly losing out to the likes of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and the Anita Kerr Singers. They got the last laugh, though: Six of those nominations were for "Yesterday," which only became one of the most beloved songs ever written.
The New Vaudeville Band triumph over The Beach Boys (1967)
From that signed opening to its (still!) spine-tingling cellos-and-theremin coda, the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations” is one of the greatest singles of all time. But Grammy voters believed that the New Vaudeville Band’s bizarre 1920s throwback “Winchester Cathedral” was more deserving of 1967's Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Recording.
A Taste of Honey crowned Best New Artist (1978)
A Taste of Honey, a disco band led by guitarist Hazel Payne and bassist Janice-Marie Johnson, beat both Elvis Costello and the Cars for the Best New Artist prize in 1978. But while their fellow nominees went from strength to strength, the "Boogie Oogie Oogie" hitmakers stalled after that #1 hit, only scoring one more chart entry (an English-language cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 easy listening novelty "Sukiyaki") before disbanding four years later.
Jethro Tull thwarts Metallica (1989)
1989's inaugural Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance award was intended to celebrate the best the devil horns crowd had to offer. Instead, Jethro Tull’s Crest of A Knave was chosen ahead of Metallica’s ... And Justice for All. There are many Metallica fans who are still furious about this upset to this very day.
Milli Vanilli wins Best New Artist (1990)
So apparently the A Taste of Honey debacle didn't teach Grammy voters their lesson. Admittedly, nobody knew about the incipient lip-syncing scandal yet, but that still doesn’t excuse their decision to award the German duo Best New Artist honors in 1990 over such far more deserving recipients as Neneh Cherry and Soul II Soul.
Eric Clapton wins Best Rock Song (1992)
Nirvana's generation-defining “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was overlooked for Best Rock Song in 1992 in favor of Eric Clapton's sleepy Unplugged reworking of his signature rocker "Layla." This was as cringe-inducingly out of touch as when Herb Alpert beat out the Beatles over a quarter-century before, only this time it was the baby boomers on the far end of the generational divide.
Celine Dion wins Album of the Year (1997)
Celine Dion's adult contemporary blockbuster Falling Into You added an Album of the Year Grammy to its sales of 32 million copies in 1997, denying far worthier efforts from Fugees, Beck, and Smashing Pumpkins in the process.
Baha Men win Best Dance Recording (2001)
The Grammys have never really understood dance music. Hence the farce of 2001 when they handed Best Dance Recording to Baha Men’s novelty hit "Who Let the Dogs Out" over Moby's superior "Natural Blues." Best dance recording? Has this song ever been played on a dance floor outside of a Chuck E. Cheese and basketball games?
Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year (2008)
Forget Amy Winehouse establishing herself as a modern soul great with Back to Black, or Kanye West revitalizing hip-hop on Graduation. Herbie Hancock’s pleasant but unremarkable jazz piano tribute to Joni Mitchell was 2008’s Album of the Year, at least according to the Grammy Awards panel.
Skrillex’s haul of six Grammys (2012 & 2013)
Diana Ross, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Queen, Jimi Hendrix: not one of these legendary artists ever picked up a Grammy Award. And yet a man best known for a rather silly haircut and for introducing the world to brostep currently has six.
You can check out tracks from all of the above as well as a whole host of other undeserving nominees/winners on our Biggest Grammy Blunders playlist here: