Grammys 2013: Behind Bieber’s Grammy “Snub”
It's official: Justin Bieber was "snubbed" by the Grammy Awards. I think Bieber's shut-out has gotten more attention than the fact that fun. swept the nominations in the top four categories. There's a good reason for that. Everybody knows Justin Bieber; fun. is just now becoming known outside of the slice of the population that's plugged into pop music.
With all the talk about Bieber's snub, you would think that that every other working musician received a Grammy nomination. (With 81 categories on the Grammy ballot, it sometimes seems that way.) In fact, many other artists went unrecognized, including Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Train, the Beach Boys, Cee Lo Green, R. Kelly, Monica, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and Lionel Richie.
Still other artists received one or more noms, but were skipped over for high-profile "genre album" awards. Among them: Rihanna, Trey Songz, Little Big Town and Bieber's early mentor, Usher.
Yet I haven't seen one reference to how Bob Dylan was "snubbed" because Tempest wasn't nominated for Best Americana Album or how Neil Young & Crazy Horse were "snubbed" because Americana wasn't nominated for Best Rock Album. But then, Dylan, Young and most of these other artists aren't as buzz-worthy as Bieber. You can point out that Dylan or Blige or Richie didn't get any Grammy nominations and it won't create a stir. Point out that Bieber was shut out and it's big news.
Bieber had better luck at the Grammys two years ago. He was nominated for Best New Artist (though he famously lost to Esperanza Spalding). And his first full-length album, My World 2.0, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Braun also tweeted: "The hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. The kid delivered. Huge successful album, sold out tour, and won people over…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision I dont agree with."