Quantcast

GRAMMY NOMS BY THE NUMBERS: ALBUM OF THE YEAR

While sales aren’t among the criteria to be considered when the Grammy nominations are supposedly “voted” on, it’s nonetheless fascinating to look at the nominees in the Big Three categories and the Best New Artist field in terms of comparative activity to date.  

When listed in descending order by ATD, there’s a clear divide between the top four nominated albums—with Post Malone, Taylor Swift and Jhené Aiko in seven figures and Dua Lipa approaching 1 million—and the remaining four, none of which has yet cleared 200k. Whoever determined the nominees, we can only assume the latter four albums made the final cut because of their “artistic excellence.”    

Below, for the sake of comparison, we’ve also listed ATD for five of the most surprising snubs; Lil Baby, The Weeknd, Pop Smoke, Harry Styles and Summer Walker, all of whom released commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums during the eligibility period, were shut out of the Big Three categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the coming days, we’ll employ the same criterion to break down the nominees for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

MIDYEAR VINYL TOP 50
The world is turning at 33 RPM. (7/26a)
PAUL GETS BACK
Hit series doesn't let us down. (7/26a)
HITS LIST IN GLORIOUS
BLACK-AND-WHITE
The inner circle of Outer Limits (7/26a)
MIDYEAR SONG ACTIVITY & STREAMS
Olivia's in the driver's seat. (7/26a)
THE NEW KID IN TOWN
Thunder from Down Under (7/26a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)