Despite winning acclaim and producing award-worthy releases, there were a number of notable absentees in the list of Grammy nominees for next year
The 2014 Grammy Awards will take place in January 2014, with the full list of nominees being revealed over the weekend. Jay-Z was the most capped nominee, with nine nods in total, whilst Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk were also among the list of potential winners, but there were a number of artists who were nowhere to be seen on the list of nominations.
After their shock win in 2011, Arcade Fire have been ignored this time
Despite their last album, The Suburbs, being a runaway success at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Arcade Fire are nowhere to be seen on next year's list. Their fourth album, Reflektor, was met with almost universal praise and some critics noted that it was an improvement form their latest release, but it seems as though the Grammy committee weren't as impressed as everyone else. The Canadian band don't even appear in the Best Alternative categories, however it is pleasing to see Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend among the nominees in this category, especially considering VW released one of the albums of the year with Modern Vampires of the City.
Read our 9/10 review of Arcade Fire's Reflektor
Another notable act missing from the nominations list are The Arctic Monkey's whose latest album AM may have finally won them wider recognition in the USA, but clearly not enough to be taken into consideration by the Grammy's. Fellow Brit James Blake is up for the Newcomer award, however his second album Overgorwn hasn't been shown any individual love despite it already being the winner of the Mercury Music Prize earlier this year. His appearance in the Newcomer category is also confusing given the fact that he has been active in the music scene for a number of years already and won major acclaim for his first, self-titled album.
The Sheffield band are still struggling to establish themselves in the US
Here's what we had to say about AM
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