Entertainment Artists Who Complained About Not Winning or Getting Nominated for Awards  

Kellen Perry
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List Rules Vote up the artists whose complaints were the most justified.

Critics and fans argue all the time about award show snubs, but it’s not too often that the artists themselves (or their management) publicly complain about not getting nominated or not winning. Thanks to the ever-increasing prevalence of social media, however, the number of celebrities complaining about award shows in a public way has ramped up considerably in recent years. It's just a whole lot easier to whine to millions of people, instantly - no press needed.

Some artists on this list who complained about not getting awards kept their cool, hinting at subtle industry politics or vowing to try harder next year. Other celebrities who thought they should be nominated basically threw a fit, hurling insults at the voters and claiming the system is rigged. Vote up the legitimate grievances – or hilarious crybaby outbursts – you think are the most warranted.

50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Artists Who Complained About Not Winning or Getting Nominated for Awards
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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson took to Instagram in December 2016 to vent about being snubbed for Starz’s Power. Jackson plays the character Kanan but also produces the show, so he was likely sore about the lack of nominations across the board.

He was right about the show’s ratings, by the way.

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Artists Who Complained About Not Winning or Getting Nominated for Awards
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Donald Trump’s 2012 complaints about The Apprentice getting snubbed in the Emmy nominations led to perhaps the only reference to a reality show - or the Emmys - in the history of US presidential debates. “There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him,” Hillary Clinton said in a 2016 debate, before referencing Trump’s claims about election rigging. The Apprentice was nominated for three years in a row between 2004-2006, but lost each time to The Amazing Race.

His full rant: “The Emmys are all politics, that's why, despite nominations, The Apprentice never won--even though it should have many times over … Emmys telecast is way down & lowest telecast on record among young adults. Emmys have no credibility-Should have nominated Apprentice again!”

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Artists Who Complained About Not Winning or Getting Nominated for Awards
Photo:  Joe Bielawa/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

In 2012, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun went on a Twitter rant to express his displeasure over Bieber’s total lack of 2013 Grammy nominations. He was nominated for two awards in 2011 for the 2012 awards, but was overshadowed by his protégé Carly Rae Jepsen in 2012, who was nominated for two awards for “Call Me Maybe” (but later lost).

His full rant: "The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… The hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. The kid delivered. Huge successful album, sold out tour, and won people over... this time he deserved to be recognised [sic] and I don't really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision I don't agree with.”

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Artists Who Complained About Not Winning or Getting Nominated for Awards
Photo: Ian Smith/Wikimedia/CC BY SA 2.0

Cher’s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar in 2011, despite winning a Golden Globe. The diva initially had a positive outlook on Twitter, but soon appeared to take it personally. Cher previously won a Best Actress Oscar in 1988 for her role in Moonstruck.

"The Golden Globe 4 BEST SONG & not even get nominated by the Oscars? Oh well it is..what it is. The sun is still shining!," she tweeted first, before following up with: "Maybe she would have had a better chance if someone else was singing it?!! IT JUST CANT B HER SONG."

Her tweets have since been deleted. 

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