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Dr. Luke vs. Justin Timberlake, Who Really Got Robbed?

Pharrell Williams vs. Dr. LukeThere are two artists that I believe were robbed during the 56th Grammy Awards last Sunday. The first is obvious. Justin Timberlake got robbed months ago, when the Grammy nominations were announced. Somehow, the top selling album of 2013 was left off the Album of the Year ballot.

Timberlake was then taken down by Daft Punk for Best Pop Solo Performance and by Lorde for Best Pop Solo Performance. He didn’t even capture Best Pop Vocal Album which went to Bruno Mars. He was left holding three Grammys. One for the “Suit & Tie” music video, another for Best R&B Song and a third for his work with Jay-Z on “Holy Grail.” His album didn’t receive a single award and it should be noted that he didn’t perform after topping many top artist of 2013 charts.

After hearing all of that evidence, it’s likely you’d come to the same conclusion that I did. Timberlake was robbed!

You’d be surprised to find out that Timberlake might not have been the largest snub of the night. Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald might not be a household name but he should be. More commonly known as Dr. Luke, he is credited as a producer and songwriter on some of the top songs each and every year and has now been held without a Grammy in his two nominations as Producer of the Year. Last time he lost to Danger Mouse. This year, he lost to Pharrell.

If you’re like me, you probably saw Pharrell’s name on the ballot and assumed he was a lock for Producer of the Year. After a little research, you might change your tune. Pharrell was featured on two of the years top songs, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. If you assumed that he was credited as a Producer on both songs you’d be wrong.

Despite his production legacy (which includes Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and T.I.), he did not get credit as a producer on “Get Lucky.” Sure “Blurred Lines” was a mega-hit, selling 6 million plus singles and going #1 on almost every chart worldwide but after that song, Pharrell’s producer credits dry up. He produced songs on huge albums like Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail but Dr. Luke’s resume is even more impressive.

While Pharrell produced “4×4″ (feat. Nelly), “#GETITRIGHT,” “Rooting For My Baby” and “On My Own” from Bangerz, Dr. Luke produced “Wrecking Ball.” While Pharrell was producing b-sides on Magna Carta like “Oceans” (feat. Frank Ocean) and “BBC,” Dr. Luke produced the smash singles “Roar” and “Dark Horse” from Katy Perry’s album Prism. Dr. Luke added work on Pitbulls “Timber” and Ke$ha’s album Warrior to round out his year.

What really swings the race in Dr. Luke’s favor is this. Pharrell’s producing credits this year are highlighted by his work on Robin Thicke’s album Blurred Lines. Guess who else is credited on the album? That’s right, Dr. Luke.

So both artists produced on one of the biggest albums of the year and Dr. Luke added a slew of other work while Pharrell worked with great artists on mediocre songs. Justin Timberlake was robbed. But he was robbed when the nominees came out. He should have received a nomination for Album of the Year and likely for Record of the Year, for “Suit & Tie.” While he was robbed during the nominations, Dr. Luke was robbed during the show as the award went to the flashier Pharrell, who was on stage a ton during the broadcast.

Pharrell had a great year but once again, a flashy, mega-producer, beat out the actual Producer of the Year.

Dr. Luke, you got our vote. Unfortunately, we don’t have one.

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