Nick Jonas Is Snubbed At The 2016 Grammys, So What Does That Mean For His Music Career?
Jonas Brothers fans cried around the world when they first heard that the famed Disney Channel boy band had split up. However, on November 10, 2014, Nick Jonas fans were given a gift: his brand-new self-titled album. From there the Nick Jonas phenomenon had begun with hit singles including the songs "Jealous," "Levels," and "Chains." And with the mix of his fresh new sound and "Jealous" making it up to #7 on the Billboard charts, things were looking up for the youngest brother in the band. He was the next Justin Timberlake. Or so it seemed... until the release of the 2016 Grammy nominations.
It seems that on the morning of December 7th, the power surrounding his current male artist reign was snapped into perspective. Jonas Brother fans were faced with the reality of where exactly Nick Jonas may stand in the overall realm of the music industry. His perfectly placed album — in regards to the eligibility period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 — was nowhere to be seen on the 2016 Grammy nominations list. He was majorly snubbed. Ouch.
Despite being recently nominated for Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist at the 2015 American Music Awards, receiving a nomination for Best Male Video for "Chains" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and receiving the 2015 Kids Choice Awards win for Favorite Male Singer, it seems as if Nick Jonas may be just that: a singer still geared towards the younger generation. And an artist not taken seriously.
However, perhaps the Grammy voters have never taken a liking to the boy [who started was discovered singing] WHAT? in his local barber shop? After all, the Jonas Brothers have only ever been nominated for a Grammy Award once: in the Best New Artist category in 2009. And now? Best New Artist seems to be a category that Nick Jonas can't even conquer on his own.
While the road from boy band member to an established and respected solo artist is not necessarily an easy one, what does this mean for Nick Jonas' career? After all, as the boy band member to go solo from his already established brother band, he seemed to have been well on his way to success. There was even buzz surrounding Nick Jonas being the "next" Justin Timberlake. However, when comparing Nick's separation from Justin's *NSYNC split, there seems to be some major differences, When Justin Timberlake released his first solo album, Justified, in November of 2002, he faired much better once Grammy time came around. The "Cry Me A River" singer received nominations in multiple categories and even won the awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Meanwhile, Nick Jonas has managed to grab a total number of zero nominations with his debut.
Can this former boy bander ever get through to the Grammys? My 12-year-old Disney Channel-obsessed self sure hopes so. Bring on the new music, Nick! There's always next year.