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Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Beyonce Have Been Snubbed By The Grammys And Everyone Is Shook

#JusticeForSweetener

The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced overnight, and people are both shocked by some of the successful nominees, and equally shocked by who wasn’t nominated.

The Record of the Year category includes songs like ‘Rockstar’ by Post Malone and 21 Savage, ‘The Middle’ by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, ‘Shallow’ from the A Star Is Born soundtrack and ‘This Is America’ by Childish Gambino.

What wasn’t included were any of the singles off Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’, or any of the singles off Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’. Not even no tears left to cry.

I may be biased, because somehow, no tears left to cry was one of my top-played songs this year, but that song is significantly better than anything Post Malone has produced. “Ayy, I’ve been fuckin’ hoes and poppin’ pillies / Man, I feel just like a rockstar” isn’t exactly interesting, or even particularly good.

As for Album of the Year, nominees included Cardi B, Drake, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, the Black Panther soundtrack, and… Post Malone. Seriously, again?!

Notable exclusions include ‘Reputation’, ‘Sweetener’, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s ‘Everything Is Love’.

‘Sweetener’ and ‘Reputation’ were both nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, and ‘god is a woman’ was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, but it’s simply not good enough.

2018 was Ariana Grande’s year. If she wasn’t making headlines for her whirlwind relationship with Pete Davidson, she was making them for the consistently fantastic songs she was releasing. ‘no tears left to cry’, ‘god is a woman’, ‘breathin’, ‘the light is coming’, and ‘thank u, next’ (which wasn’t eligible for nomination for 2019, so let’s hope it’s nominated in 2020) were all released this year, and they were all amazing.

And while I’m not the biggest Taylor Swift stan, ‘Reputation’ was a solid pop album, and Swift’s fans are understandably upset by the fact that she only received one nomination. That’s one less than Post Malone.

(Confession time: I haven’t listened to ‘Everything Is Love’, but I am certain it’s better than anything Post Malone has produced.)

On the plus side, it’s great to see things like the Black Panther soundtrack, ‘Dirty Computer’ and ‘Golden Hour’ be recognised for the brilliant albums they are. And I’m crossing my fingers that ‘Pynk’ wins Best Music Video, because that video is a work of art.

One last thing: because of the Grammys’ Best Spoken Word Album category, former US President Jimmy Carter is now nominated for a Grammy in the same category as Tiffany Haddish and Questlove. Now that’s a category to watch!

The Video For Thank U, Next Is Here And It's Everything We Hoped For

Thank u, next bitch!

After over a week of build-up and speculation, Ariana Grande has dropped the video for ‘Thank U, Next’, and it does not disappoint.

It starts off with what we saw in the teaser – people, including Jonathan Bennett, Troye Sivan, and the heavy-flow girl from Mean Girls, talking to the camera about Ariana as though she’s Regina George.

Then it cuts to Ariana in an amazing recreation of Regina’s bedroom, lying on her bed and adding the ex-boyfriends she’s singing about to the Burn Book.

“Sry I dipped.”

Pete Davidson and Big Sean’s entries are particularly noteworthy, with Ariana writing “Sry I dipped” and “HUUUUUUGE” (the latter in reference to rumours about his… size) on Pete’s, and “Could still get it” on Big Sean’s.

It then cuts to the Plastics, complete with Aaron Samuels, walking down a school hallway. Liz Gillies, of Victorious and Dynasty fame, plays Cady Heron fantastically, looking incredibly awkward and overwhelmed by all the attention the Plastics are getting.

At this point, Ariana proves how committed she is to the role of Regina, and shoves Troye Sivan into a locker:

And we see ‘Karen’ clutching her chest, because, as we all remember, she uses it to tell the weather.

There’s a 30% chance it’s already raining!

For the first chorus, Ariana recreated the iconic Christmas talent show scene:

Complete with Kris Jenner as Amy Poehler’s character of the overbearing mum:

The next teen movie she pays tribute to is Bring It On, so we cut to Ariana as Torrance Shipman, alternating between being in her bedroom and in the bathroom, recreating the toothbrush scene with Matt Bennett, another one of her former Victorious co-stars:

We then see Ariana in her cheerleading outfit, and there’s another cameo from a Victorious co-star in this scene, with Daniella Monet playing one of Ariana’s teammates:

She follows this up with her 13 Going On 30 tribute for the verse “One day I’ll walk down the aisle / Holding hands with my mama”:

The line after that, “I’ll be thanking my dad / ‘Cos she grew from the drama”, references her strained relationship with her father, from whom she is estranged.

The fourth and final movie Ariana references in the video is Legally Blonde, so next up is Ariana as Elle Woods, pulling into a college parking lot with her very own Bruiser, her Beagle-Chihuahua mix Toulouse:

At this point, there’s a break in the song as Ariana talks to Jennifer Coolidge, who played Paulette in the Legally Blonde movies, about her boy troubles.

Ariana teaches Paulette the Bend and Snap, and there’s even a new UPS guy (except his badge says “BDE” instead).

It ends with Kris Jenner shouting “Thank u, next bitch!”, which is a Huge Mood.

It’s the perfect homage to four movies beloved by girls of Ariana’s generation (so, me), and a great reminder that Ariana can do comedy really well.

Check it out for yourself here:

Beyoncé's Former Drummer Is Filing For A Restraining Order Against Her Because Of Her Alleged Use Of "Extreme Witchcraft" Against Her

She also claims Beyoncé killed her kitten.

Beyoncé’s former drummer, Kimberley Thompson, who says she played with Beyoncé for seven years, attempted to file a restraining order against the singer because of a “campaign of harassment” against her that included “extreme witchcraft”, “dark magic”, and “magic spells of sexual molestation”.

Um, what?

According to court documents obtained by The BlastThompson believes Beyoncé was also tapping her phone, attempting to control her finances, was the cause of numerous broken relationships, and stole her intellectual property. To top it all off, she also claims Beyoncé murdered her kitten.

Thompson sounds like she’s dealing with some real problems (I too would try and blame anyone I could if my kitten died), but “I was the victim of witchcraft” isn’t something that generally holds up in court.

Predictably, the judge denied her request for a temporary restraining order, but according to Pitchforkthere is a restraining order hearing scheduled for October 11.

I thought everyone knew that if Beyoncé has a problem with you, she’ll write a song about it and film a video where she’s wielding a baseball bat?

(Header photo by Kevin Winter/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment)

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