Every year, The Recording Academy provokes, honor and incites conversation amongst artists and music heads alike with the release of their nominations list ahead of the holidays. This year was no different.

Surprises—good and bad—were sprinkled across the Grammys’ 91 categories. It was a delight to see GloRilla hold a place in the Best Rap Performance category less than a year into her rise for the ever-popular song of the summer “F.N.F (Let’s Go).” Meanwhile, Steve Lacy, who was rightfully nominated in the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories was noticeably absent in the Best New Artist category—which is, come to think of it, always a chaotic mixed bag in and of itself. 

We take a look at the good, bad and very questionable parts of this years list of nominations, below: