With popular music considered, 2016 might be remembered most for the loss of musicians such as Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Leon Russel, Sharon Jones, and more. Plenty of great music was released in 2016, some of which might have been overshadowed by those huge losses, but music fans will have another chance to hear this year’s best through the impending Grammy Awards. Though fans of pop music shouldn’t be surprised that mainstays like Adele, Beyoncé, and Drake earned multiple nods from the Grammys, there are plenty of underdog nominations worth a listen. Though JDL has albums from the nominees in all the major categories, here are a few under-the-radar artists worth checking out.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson (Album of the Year nominee)
Malibu – Anderson .Paak (Best Urban Contemporary Album nominee)
This is Acting – Sia (Best Pop Vocal Album nominee)
Magma – Gojira (Best Rock Album nominee)
Blank Face – Schoolboy Q (Best Rap Performance nominee)