Locals. Las Vegans struck out despite Shamir’s highly lauded breakthrough, Brandon Flowers’ well-received sophomore release and Imagine Dragons’ first No. 1 album.
Kamasi Washington. His critically heralded album, The Epic, crossed genres and generations, but the LA-based tenor saxophonist was criminally shut out of the jazz categories.
Sufjan Stevens. Another mega-praised album, Carrie & Lowell, seemed destined for a Best Alternative Music Album nod. Alas, no dice for the singer-songwriter.
Foo Fighters. Their late-2014 album Sonic Highways even came with its own HBO series, but the six-time Best Rock Album nominees couldn’t hit lucky number seven.
Calvin Harris. The world’s most popular DJ scored four massive hits from collaborator-heavy Motion (“Summer,” “Blame,” “Outside,” and “Under Control”), but was rebuffed for the Best Dance/Electronic Album.