"One Dance" by Drake
Nominated for: Album of the Year and Best Rap Album (Views)
Not surprisingly, "Hotline Bling" got some major Grammys love and scored nominations for both Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song, but "One Dance" was the number-one song of the summer (really though, it was Billboard's top song of the summer). Call us sentimental, but we hold our summer playlists near and dear all year round.
"Tearing Me Up" by Bob Moses
Nominated for: Best Dance Recording
You know those times when you find yourself coming home after a late night and just want to dance alone in your dark room? This slow-burning jam makes the perfect soundtrack for that.
"Blackstar" by David Bowie
Nominated for: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song
It's honestly a wonder that David Bowie didn't receive more nominations for his Blackstar album. Listening back to Bowie's work is bittersweet, but what a swan song.
"Burn the Witch" by Radiohead
Nominated for: Best Rock Song
With a slow build, political undertone, and grand orchestral beat, "Burn the Witch" was probably the greatest way for Radiohead to come back after a five-year absence. Thank god, too. We were getting tired of listening to anybody and everybody's "Creep" covers.
"Needed Me" by Rihanna
Nominated for: Best R&B Performance; Anti is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album
If the Grammys gave an award for "Best 'Feeling Yourself' Anthem," this would win. Hands down.
"Cranes in the Sky" by Solange
Nominated for: Best R&B Performance
If you were sleeping on Solange, A Seat at the Table probably changed that for you. "Cranes in the Sky" was arguably one of the most beautiful songs of 2016, and listening to it has become one of our top ways to maintain our mental health over the past few months.
"No Problem" by Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Nominated for: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song; Coloring Book is up for Best Rap Album; Chance is up for Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper is the light that the music industry has been missing—no argument.
"Famous" by Kanye West ft. Rihanna
Nominated for: Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song
Pop culturally speaking, "Famous" was one of the most important songs of 2016. It's also a total jam, too.
"Broccoli" by D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty
Nominated for: Best Rap/Sung Performance
There are some songs that just make you smile and dance as soon as they come on. This is one of them. Also, fun fact: This song just went four-times platinum.
"Glowed Up" by Kaytranada, Anderson .Paak
Nominated for: Anderson .Paak is up for Best New Artist
We can't tell what we love more: Anderson .Paak's music, or his personal story. If you haven't spent time with his 2016 album, Malibu, we suggest getting on that yesterday.
Honorable Mention: "Formation" by Beyoncé
(Beyoncé's Lemonade isn't on Spotify, but you probably own the album anyway.)
Nominated for: Record of the Year
Beyoncé's "Formation" had one of the best videos of all time, and the song is even better. It's a celebration of black excellence, empowerment, and standing up against injustice. It was the song that 2016 needed, and 2017 needs even more.
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