In Summary
  • Genre-bending rapper Lil Nas X jumped to the head of the pack this year with six nominations
  • Taylor Swift was nominated for just three awards
  • Michelle Obama is also up for an award on music's biggest night for Best Spoken Word Album

The short lists for the 62nd annual Grammy awards that celebrate the best in music feature a slate of rising talent that edged out a number of expected acts.

Fans bemoaned the absence of a number of artists old and new on the list, which included a few quirks -- including Michelle Obama.

Here's a look at who got left out and what raised eyebrows in this year's Grammy race:

Once a perennial favourite, Taylor Swift was nominated for just three awards, and only one in a major category, with her seventh album "Lover" missing out on a potential Album of the Year award.

Many fans expected the wildly popular K-pop boy band BTS to score at the 2020 gala, but they were completely ignored by Grammy voters.


Bruce Springsteen, who boasts 20 wins over his iconic career, also failed to win a nomination for his solo work "Western Stars," and the Boss' critically acclaimed "Springsteen on Broadway" Netflix special missed out on Best Music Film.

Pop acts Ed Sheeran and The Jonas Brothers also had little to show after Wednesday's nomination announcement, getting just one nod each.

Many forecasters expected Chance the Rapper to at least get a Best Rap Album nomination, if not Album of the Year, but the artist only snagged a Best Rap Song nomination.

The Queen of Pop herself was also left out: Madonna, a seven-time Grammy winner with 28 nominations to her household name, was passed over for her 14th album Madame X.

Best album nominations for experimental indie act Bon Iver and buoyant alt rockers Vampire Weekend came out of left field, though both records were critically acclaimed.

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