Pop Stars and Flop Stars: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Grandly Crashes to Earth, Plus a Look at 2017 Grammy Snubs

Climb to the top of the pops and dive deep down into the depths with the flops in our new, improved edition of Pop Power Ranking (now called Pop Stars and Flop Stars).

Welcome back to Pop Stars and Flop Stars, which, as I explained earlier, is a revitalized (and shortened) restructuring of the feature formerly called Pop Power Ranking. Here’s the drill: each week, I’ll name a Pop Star — someone who secured the lion’s share of No. 1s, trophies, and/or other cultural gold stars (both tangible and intangible) — and one Flop Star who… well, you get the idea. And that’s about all there is to say. Let’s get into it.

This Week’s Pop Star: The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s Starboy debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard Album 200 chart with 348,000 equivalent album units sold (sales plus streaming), making it the third-largest debut of the year (behind Drake and Beyoncé). Boy’s a star, indeed.

Runners Up

This Week’s Flop Stars: Grammy Snubees

Win some, lose some. Although it’s hard to win some if you aren’t even nominated (or not nominated enough, as the case may be.) David Bowie’s critically-acclaimed final album Blackstar somehow didn’t earn an Album of the Year nomination. And no nomination in that category for Rihanna’s ANTI, either? Sia’s This Is Acting earned a nod or two, but was ultimately overlooked in the major categories. Only “Perfect Illusion” from Lady Gaga’s Joanne was eligible for nomination this year, but it received a grand total of zero. Nothing for Selena Gomez’s Revival, which spawned several hits? Ariana Grande earned two nominations, neither of which were in the top categories (or for hits like “Into You” or “Side to Side”). Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Drake’s “One Dance” seemed like locks for Song and/or Record of the Year nominations, and yet… For the most part, the Grammys got it close-to-right this year, but pour one out for poor favs (unless your favs are Beyoncé and Adele).