If you’ve heard about the recent Grammy nomination announcement, you probably heard that superstar Justin Timberlake racked in a grand total of seven nominations! Thus, you’re probably wondering why I would still consider him “snubbed” from the prestigious awards ceremony when he received so much recognition…
Timberlake was not honored with a nomination in any of the “big three” categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year). With seven nominations, it sounds greedy to ask for more, but how is it possible for the top-selling album released in 2013, which spawned two hit singles and was greeted with critical acclaim, to be ignored in the Album of the Year category? 2013 was “The Year of JT.” He was perhaps the most ubiquitous entertainer of the year (besides the infamous Miley Cyrus), gaining media attention simply for his talent and charisma rather than controversy. While Justin Timberlake may have brought “Sexyback” in 2006, he brought real music back in 2013 (as well as the bow tie). He was accompanied by the “Tennessee Kids” at every live show he put on this year, bringing real instruments back to mainstream live performances, which are today often filled with synthesizers and pre-recorded dance beats.
Justin has collected top prizes at both the MTV Video Music Awards and the recent American Music Awards, and it is a shame that he does not have the opportunity to do so at the Grammys. He will, of course, pick up a few awards in the lesser-known categories, but he will not be rewarded for being the true juggernaut in pop music that he was in 2013 with the highest honor in music: The Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Although I’m sure Timberlake will make us wait for his next collection of music (I waited 7 years for The 20/20 Experience), I cannot wait to see where his next effort takes him in the music industry. I am confident that the best is still (somehow) yet to come in the bright future of the “President of Pop,” Justin Timberlake.