paramore (best pop album of the year. sorry that hayley williams sounds like she’s having fun while making music, lorde partisans)
janelle monáe (electric lady had its flaws, but it had ambition and scope and a lot of solid songwriting—more than rushed-to-market unapologetic, for real)
florida georgia line (i don’t even like them but ???? at least they came out this year unlike ed ‘well he didn’t win song of the year last year so maybe this time’ll be a charm’ sheeran)
bruno mars’s unorthodox jukebox (a solid album, also why ‘locked out of heaven’ over, i don’t know, ANY OTHER SINGLE FROM THE RECORD? it’s because it sounds like ‘sultans of swing,’ isn’t it)
j cole (i really liked born sinner! i know that makes me corny, but whatever. nevertheless, that jay-z led the nominations game for a contractual tie-up full of lazy shopping-list verses speaks more to the conservative bent of this year’s grammys than the industry-beloved upstart picks currently dominating the narrative)
like eight billion rock bands that didn’t get nods because of LED ZEPPELIN AND NEIL YOUNG, nominating ‘kashmir’ for rock song of the year is an especially large middle finger.
also stop encouraging alicia keys, grammy voters, for real.
ETA: also haim! and honestly fall out boy should have been nominated for best rock song, jeez louise i know i’m biased but come on