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Drake may have gone into the Grammys with five nominations, but the Toronto rapper failed to win any of the awards for which he was nominated.
Also shut out: Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Furious 7 soundtrack hit “See You Again,” which scored three Grammy nominations before the Paul Walker tribute song was snubbed by the Oscars. Wiz and Puth failed to get any Grammy redemption on Monday night as “See You Again” lost song of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media.
Song of the year offered one of the surprises of the evening, with Ed Sheeran winning for “Thinking Out Loud.” Billboard‘s Jody Rosen and Carl Wilson both predicted Swift’s “Blank Space” would win the songwriting award, with Rosen naming Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Wilson citing “Girl Crush” as the songs that should win.
Swift also scored a surprise album of the year win for 1989. Rosen gave the Grammys edge to Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, and Wilson said Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color would win while arguing that To Pimp a Butterfly should win.
Lamar made no secret that he had his heart set on winning all 11 of the Grammys for which he was nominated. While he won an impressive five awards, including sharing one Grammy with Swift for their work together on her “Bad Blood” music video, he failed to score the evening’s top prize. Nor did he make history by winning song of the year, a category in which a rap track has never won. Still, Lamar’s performance is certainly better than his 2014 Grammys showing, when he was shut out.
Swift, meanwhile, despite taking home the top prize, won only three of the seven Grammys for which she was nominated, and two of those awards were handed out in the non-televised part of the awards presentation. Producer Max Martin, who scored six nominations, racked up his only win as part of Swift’s 1989 producing team.
The Weeknd also went into the evening with seven nominations but won only two awards, both in the non-televised portion of the ceremony, and while one of those wins was for his Fifty Shades of Grey song “Earned It,” that was the only prize the song from the movie adaptation of the erotic novel won, despite Fifty Shades‘ music being up for five awards.
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