The Weeknd, despite his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Blinding Lights" breaking the record for most weeks ever in the chart's top 10 and being 2020's most-streamed song on Spotify (so far), received zero nominations. Although "Dior" is up for best rap performance, Pop Smoke fell short in becoming the first artist to receive a posthumous best new artist nomination.
BTS' Hot 100 No. 1 smash "Dynamite" received a nod for best pop duo/group performance, the K-pop group's first musical Grammy nomination, but was ultimately passed over for record of the year. Fiona Apple was snubbed in another Big Four category -- album of the year -- after her critically acclaimed comeback album Fetch the Bolt Cutters received a sky-high 98 rating at Metacritic.com, the review aggregation site.