Surprise! The Grammy Award Nominations Don’t Totally Suck This Year

December 7, 2015 5:43 PM

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Surprise! The Grammy Award Nominations Don’t Totally Suck This Year

A social media backlash built on understandable ignorance of the completely arbitrary and arguably nonsensical eligibility calendar for the Grammy Awards raged with indignation that the record-setting songstress who saved our souls and sent a globe into collective sobs with her latest album was not among the list of Grammy contenders when the nominations were released this morning. (Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd lead the list.)

But even though Adele’s latest album has been out for three weeks and the Grammy Awards don’t air until February—when 25 will have been out for three months—a song or album must have been released by September 30, 2015 in order to contend at this year’s ceremony. That means new albums by stars like ...

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