Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Biggest Grammy Snub of 2010: Ke$ha

The Grammy nominees were announced this week. Some were surprisingly included, such as Katy Perry's Teenage Dream for Album of the Year and Esperanza Spalding in the Best New Artist category.

Since the Grammys have been dominated by popular music in recent years, with hits like Beyonce's "Single Ladies" winning Song of the Year despite being incredibly dumb, how did Ke$ha not get nominated for Best New Artist?

I'm not making the case that she has a great voice or her music is deep. But look at the charts from this past year. Her first single "Tik Tok" reached No. 1 in 11 countries and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. It scored the biggest single-week sum of all time for a female artist selling 610,000 digital downloads in one week and has surpassed the five million mark in paid downloads.

Her debut album, Animal, has sold over two million copies worldwide and spawned three additional top ten hits. And she was featured on 3OH!3's "My First Kiss" which peaked at No. 9 in the U.S.

Ke$ha has not been received well critically, but sales and chart performances speak for themselves. And the Nashville, Tenn. native deserved some Grammy love.

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