If you've been paying attention to the Grammys, you might be feeling a little... outraged. Peeved, perturbed, if you will. The Recording Academy has done what it does best, in that it has chosen to not award the new-school darlings of the hip-hop and R&B world, Cardi B and SZA, with a smidgen of recognition beyond nomination.
SZA was nominated for Best New Artist—lost to Alessia Cara; Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song—lost both to Bruno Mars; Best Urban Contemporary Album—lost that to the Weeknd; and Best Rap/Sung Performance—lost that to Kendrick and Rihanna. She didn't collect a single Grammy. Cardi, meanwhile, was up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song—she lost them both to K-Dot.
Fans of both SZA and Cardi were understandably livid: how could their fave not win a single damn award that they were up for, when they were so clearly front-runners?
Even TDE's co-president Punch reacted to SZA getting shut out, referencing the 2014 Grammys when Kendrick Lamar lost out to Macklemore.
It seems as though the Academy is operating at its usual pace: it collectively moved to only award the names that it knows best, rather than the ones that actually connected with the culture. Out of touch, much?