Beyoncé’s the only thing you should care about with the irrelevant Grammys, but here are the nominees

With all the shit 2016 has given us, its at least been a good year for music. On one hand, you want to be excited for the 59th annual Grammy Awards nominations. Then you remember it’s the Grammys, which are notorious for not rewarding the best artistry. So you tuck in your excitement only to pull it back out slightly for the nine nominations Beyoncé received for her critically acclaimed visual album, Lemonade. Don’t worry. Your excitement won’t last, because all the Grammys know how to do is disappoint. It’s in their DNA.

King Bey leads the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations including: “Formation” for Record of the Year, Lemonade for Album of the Year, “Formation” for Song of the Year, “Hold Up” for Best Pop Solo Performance, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” for Best Rock Performance, Lemonade for Best Urban Contemporary Album, “Freedom” for Best Rap/Sung Performance, “Formation” for Best Music Video, and Lemonade for Best Music Film. Bey deserves every single nomination for Lemonade, yet I’m high-key offended “Daddy Lessons” wasn’t nominated for Best Country Song. Told you disappointment was near.

The disappointment train keeps a’coming — Rihanna was snubbed. While the Bajan pop star scored eight nominations, Anti wasn’t nominated for Album of the Year. BUT DRAKE’S VIEWS WAS. In what world was Views worthy of an Album of the Year award if you take away the fact that it broke streaming records? Views is not even Drake’s best album, let alone album of the year. Anti is arguably one of Rihanna’s best albums to date. It showed growth in sound, genre crossing, lyrical content, and vocals. I’m ready to riot for my baby.

No wonder Frank Ocean is boycotting the Grammys and Kanye West always has a critique in the chamber for the academy. They are terrible.

Rihanna, Kanye, and Drake all landed eight nominations. Chance the Rapper is close behind with seven, and Adele trails behind with five nods. In each of the top three categories, Beyoncé has to compete with Adele. Adele’s 25 amassed the kind of success the music industry hasn’t witnessed in years. But let’s be honest — who cared about 25 after its lead single “Hello” no longer dominated the radio? Adele will likely win over Beyoncé. Because Grammys. But Beyoncé actually deserves it. (Still love you, ‘Dele.)

Artists should absolutely be rewarded for their artistry. For some artists, the highest honor in their field is a Grammy award — something they’ve dreamt of since kindergarten. We won’t shit on that. The Grammys, though, has to do a better job of deciding what gets nominated and awarded. As someone who loved Justin Bieber’s Purpose and thought Views was just ok, there’s no way Anti doesn’t get nominated for AOTY in a just world. Even if that meant excluding Bieber or Drake. Because Anti was the better album.

At least we can smile at the love being shown to Chance the Rapper for his masterpiece Coloring Book and marvel at Beyoncé’s nine nominations, making her the most nominated female artist in history with 62 total nominations. Tune in on Feb. 12 at your own risk. Check out the major category nominations below, and the full list here.

Record Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna, featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Album Of The Year:
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Song Of The Year:
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

Best Rock Album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
Healing Season — Mint Condition
Smoove Jones — Mya

Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And The Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West

Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban

Best Music Video:
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“River” — Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” — Coldplay
“Gosh” — Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go