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Grammy nominations snubs include Kanye, Megan Thee Stallion, Elton

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Sometimes the Grammy Awards nominations irritate us.

There are years when they prompt an acknowledgement that OK, maybe Recording Academy voters got it right. Or at least close to right.

And then there are times like this, when ABBA inexplicably lands four nominations – including album of the year – about 40 years after they should have been recognized for truly groundbreaking pop. (Hi, “Mamma Mia” and “Waterloo” – you have not been forgotten, even if you were never fittingly awarded.) 

The 65th annual awards ceremony will take place in the Grammys’ longtime home of Los Angeles on Feb. 5. The nominees, announced Tuesday, are rife with expected major names in pop, rap and R&B, including Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Harry Styles.

There are a few surprises sprinkled in, such as Bonnie Raitt tucked into the song of the year lineup with “Just Like That” and the oddly large number of Christmas albums in the best traditional pop vocal album category.

But there are even more significant snubs. Here are the biggest rebukes.

See the full list: Beyoncé leads 2023 Grammy nominations, hits milestone with ‘Renaissance’

Elton John

Elton John, shown performing on his farewell tour in Texas on Oct. 29, 2022, didn't receive any nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards despite his current, relevant work.

That an artist as influential and enduring as John possesses only five competitive Grammy Awards from his illustrious career is galling enough. But to ignore his continued creative output – evidenced by “The Lockdown Sessions,” his chameleonic collection of collaborations with artists ranging from Lil Nas X to Stevie Nicks – is shameful. His attempt to revitalize Britney Spears’ career with “Hold Me Closer,” their modified duet of 1971’s “Tiny Dancer,” also yielded zero recognition.

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