5 controversies about this year’s Grammys – Metro US

5 controversies about this year’s Grammys

When you get music’s biggest namesand egosall in one room, you can expect drama to ensue. From frenemies, to relationship drama, and trash talk about who really deserves to win, the 57th Grammy Awards are shaping up to be the most controversial yet. Here’s what to keep an eye out for:

Everyone has an opinion about Iggy Azalea
As soon as it was announced that Iggy Azalea was nominated for Best Rap Album (up against Childish Gambino, Common, Schoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa and Eminem), musicians didn’t hold back declaring how they felt, especially those who feel she is appropriating black culture, including Q-Tip and Solange Knowles. Most publically, Azealia Banks slammed her in an interview with Hot 97 saying, “The Grammys are supposed to be awards for artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.” Azalea also has a public feud going on with Eminem, also nominated, after he alluded to rape while mentioning her in his song “Vegas.” Given all the drama, Best Rap Album is the award on everyone’s mind.

Will Selena Gomez show up with Zedd?
Between their flirty Instagrams and constant sightings together, the rumor mill is a buzz that Zedd has replaced Justin Bieber as the leading man in Gomez’s life. But seeing as though they haven’t made things “official” yet, the Red Carpet Watch is in full effect. Will they use this moment as their chance to confirm the relationship. You watching, Biebs?

The ‘Bad Blood’ between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry continues
Swift and Perry still haven’t buried the hatchet for their public frenemy drama, and given that both singers are nominated, they’ll both to be there, with their game faces on. How far away will they be sitting from each other? Will they run into each other on the red carpet or at any after parties? Will they shock everyone by posing for a photo together? One thing is sure, we’ll all be watching.

Will Ariana Grande show up Madonna?
Madonna may be 56 years old, but she’s not slowing down any time soon. Her 13th album “Rebel Heart” is out later this year and she’s performing for the fifth time at the Grammys. But does she still have what it takes to compete with chart-topping teen favorites, like Ariana Grande? Grande has publically declared her love for Madonna, but she could outshine her idol with her own performance. Tune in to see which pop-star has the best performance.

Sam Smith rumored to beat out Beyonce
Nominees for the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, include Beck, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams. While Beyonce has become the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with 46 nominations in all (including 17 wins), insiders predict that Sam Smith will overtake the queen. It’s a new artist versus a proven pro and the competition is fierce.

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