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Friday Playlist: Grammy Edition

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The nominations have been revealed for the 2017 Grammy Awards. And in other news, I am the only person alive who thinks Sturgill Simpson deserves to beat out both Adele and Beyoncé for Album of the Year. 

As usual, there were some snubs and some surprises. Most people predicted Bowie would be nominated for Album of the Year, given Blackstar’s critical praise coupled with the magnitude of his death—and yet, he’s been shut out from the top once again. Chance the Rapper received seven nominations, meaning Coloring Book is the first streaming exclusive to be Grammy-nominated. He’s also up for Best New Artist, which is an all-around win for independent artists, creative freedom, and innovation alike. 

Lemonade Cover

Album of the Year:

25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson


25 CoverRecord of the Year:

"Hello" — Adele
"Formation" — Beyoncé
"7 Years" — Lukas Graham
"Work" — Rihanna ft. Drake
"Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots


A Sailor's Guide to Earth Cover

Best Country Album:

Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban


The Bird & The Rifle Cover

Best Americana Album:

True Sadness — The Avett Brothers
This Is Where I Live — William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions — Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle — Lori McKenna
Kid Sister — The Time Jumpers


Tell Me I'm Pretty Cover

Best Rock Album:

California — Blink-182
Tell Me I'm Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer


Blackstar Cover

Best Alternative Album:

22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead


Coloring Book Cover

Best Rap Album:

Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q 
The Life of Pablo — Kanye West