It’s difficult to say that a choice for “Best Anything” with regards to music can be wrong. It’s all a matter of taste, and taste is subjective, after all. But the Grammys invite such criticism upon themselves when they bring the entire music industry together and profit off of giving a supposedly objective answer to “What is the best album/song/etc.” in any given year. So, of course, they’ve made a few wrong choices along the way.
Two years after the fact, people are still regularly discussing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pop-rap breakthrough The Heist beating out Kendrick Lamar’s new-classic good kid, m.A.A.d. city for Best Rap Album. The duo won in every rap category for which they were nominated, beating out Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” for Best Rap Performance and Kanye West’s “New Slaves” for Best Rap Song. The slight of Lamar’s album, in particular, was so egregious that Macklemore publicly apologized. That’s more than we can say for Lionel Richie. The singer who is being honored at the Grammys tonight managed to win Album of the Year over one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, Prince’s Purple Rain. We can’t say that the slight contributed to Prince going into the wilderness in the following decade, but we also can’t rule it out.
On the classic rock side of things, we’re betting the Grammys wish they could go back and award The Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver with top honors. In spite of Revolver regularly landing atop “Greatest Albums of All-Time” lists, 1966’s Album of the Year went to Frank Sinatra’s glorified Greatest Hits collection A Man and His Music.
Of course, we’ve double-snubbed some of your snubbees by not including them in our own list. Feel free to tell us who you consider to be the greatest Grammy snubs of all-time.