5 Surprising First-Time Grammy Nominees

Each year when the Grammy nominees are revealed, there always seems to be a handful of assurances: if Beyonce released something, it'll get nominated; at least one artist in the Best New Artist category won't technically be new; and people will always, one way or another, find something to argue about. 

Still, some things remain a surprise. The five well-known artists below, for example, were all nominated in categories that cover everything from rock to rap, the one thing they have in common is that they have never been nominated for a Grammy -- until this year, that is. 

Blink-182
This band has enough staying power to withstand over two decades of history, which recently included the departure of co-founder Tom DeLonge. Though they shot to superstardom with iconic hits like "All The Small Things" and "What's My Age Again?" back int he late-'90s, it wasn't until Blink-182 released their No. 1 album California this summer that they finally earned a Grammy nod, in the category of Best Rock Album. 

Twenty One Pilots 
This genre-defying duo gained much acclaim and attention this year for hits like "Stressed Out" (nominated in two categories) and "Ride" -- not to mention "Heathens" (nominated in three categories), off the chart-topping Suicide Squad soundtrack, itself nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media. While many newfound fans discovered Twenty One Pilots through their 2015 album Blurryface, it was in fact their fourth studio album. 

Demi Lovato 
The powerhouse vocals of Demi Lovato have graced major pop hits like "Skyscraper" and "Heart Attack," while her 2009 sophomore album Here We Go Again even climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. However, none of these releases were deemed as Grammy-worthy as her latest offering, Confident, which gained Lovato her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Chance the Rapper 
Chance the Rapper has become so engrained in the culture that it seems shocking he has yet to receive a Grammy for his work. Even more shocking more be that he earned seven nominations this year, all while being unsigned and promoting an album that has yet to see a physical or purchasable release. Among the handful of categories Chance has a "chance" to win, the most head-scratch worthy is the group of Best New Artist, considering he dropped his first mixtape, 10 Day, back in 2012.

Mike Will Made-It
This producer has his stamp on several definitive 2016 hits, from Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" to Beyonce's "Formation," which earned him his first Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. More so, Mike Will Made-It's work on Lemonade also makes him eligible in the category of Album of The Year. 

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