Beyonce, Gojira, Pentatonix Top List of Oddest 2017 Grammy Nominations

It wouldn't be the Grammy Awards without a few "wait, what?" nominations that get people talking. You kind of figured Adele, Drake and Beyoncé would be in the running for Album of the Year (though nice work, Justin Bieber and Sturgill Simpson) and if you didn't see at least a few of The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the RapperAnderson .Paak and Maren Morris snagging Best New Artist nods, well, you weren't paying attention. 

Click here for the complete list of 2017 Grammy nominees.

But keep reading down the list and you will find a handful of nominations that are legit head-scratchers. Here are a few that got us talking:

Both Rock and Pop?: If you've ever seen Twenty One Pilots live (or listened to their albums), then you know the powerhouse Ohio duo are all over the map, folding in pop, rock, reggae, rap, ska and just about everything else. But in a year when they broke through in a major way, it was somewhat of a surprise to see their hit "Heathens" up against Disturbed, David Bowie, the Alabama Shakes and Beyoncé (more on that in a minute) for Best Rock Performance. At the same time, their hit "Stressed" Out" is up against Sia, Rihanna, the Chainsmokers and Lukas Graham in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. We're checking the books, but we don't remember seeing that double-up happen too often this century.

Sure Bey Rocks, But Really?: This is one of those ones that might have slipped through on a technicality. While Beyoncé certainly rocks, is it possible she slid into the Best Rock Performance category just because guitar slinger Jack White added some grit to her gravy on the Lemonade track "Don't Hurt Yourself?" Yes, it has some classic White thwacking drums and an aggro attack, but play that one next to the Disturbed cover of Simon & Garfunkel or the Alabama Shakes and it stills sounds more R&B than rock.

Raise Your Hands, Gojira Fans: Sometimes you wonder what it would look like if you could peep Grammy voters' playlists. Like, imagine the industry folks voting for Best Rock Rock and thinking, "Blink-182? Sure. Cage the Elephant? Definitely. Weezer? Okay. Panic! At The Disco? I guess. Oh, and Gojira for sure!" Wait, rewind that one? Yup, somehow the French heavy metal band got into the mix with their sixth album, Magma, which, if we're being honest is absolutely the hardest rocking title in the mix. 

Kip Winger, Yes THAT Kip Winger, for Best Contemporary Classical Composition: The guitarist/singer best known for his leadership of the hair metal band that bore his name, producing the late-'80s hits "Seventeen" and "Headed for a Heartbreak," actually studied classical music as a teenager. For the past five or six years he's been honing his chops writing symphonic works for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet -- he's also studied ballet since his teen years -- culminating in this year's homage to ballet choreographer Vaslav Nijinksy, the four-movement C.F. Kip Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky, which gets Winger close to Grammy glory this year than he ever got with his namesake band.

Pentatonix head take a detour to Nashville: If you caught them on The Voice with Miley Cyrus the other night, you know vocal group Pentatonix can kill them some "Jolene." And the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category is stacked with oddball combos, from Dierks Bentley and Elle King's "Different For Girls" (half country) to the Brothers Osborne's "21 Summer" (way country), Kenny Chesney & P!nk's "Setting the World on Fire" (twang pop) and Chris Young with Cassadee Pope's "Think of You" (nuevo Nashville) and then there's Dolly Parton hooking up with the 'Tonix on her signature hit. Country-ish? Definitely the most beatboxing in this category in a long time, in any event


2017 Grammys


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