Grammys’ expanded awards meant to promote new talent led to noms for Taylor Swift, Kanye West: Report

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that the expansion of Grammy Awards nominations aims to include established artists like Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

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The decision to increase the awards ceremony’s “Big Four” categories from eight to 10 was made on Monday, a day before the nods were announced, and nominations for artists including ABBA and Lil Nas X. report good, The new additions were revealed by comparing an early version of the final nomination list, which aired several days before the official announcement made Tuesday morning, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.

The Recording Academy did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

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This year’s nominees include the largest spread in Grammy history, from Tony Bennett, 95, to Olivia Rodrigo, 18, in an example of the Academy’s effort to applaud new stars as well as established talent.

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The latest revelations could spark further backlash for the music industry’s most prominent trade conglomerate a year after it was sharply criticized for turning down The Weeknd – in a process that raised doubts about backroom vote-rigging .

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Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. denied that The Weeknd was kicked out of the awards because he angered executives while negotiating a deal to appear at both Grammys at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The 64th Grammys are the first to have 10 nominees in each of the four major categories, such as Record of the Year and Song of the Year, up from eight in the past few years.

Jazz-R&B musician John Battist, best known as the bandleader and music director for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” earned the most Grammy nominations for any act this year with 11. The pianist and singer won approval for the album and record of the year for his “We Are” album and its single “Freedom”, which would compete against the releases of Rodrigo, Justin Bieber and Lil Nas X.

According to the New York Times, the two entries added to the ballot for Album of the Year were Swift’s “Evermore” and West’s “Donda”. They appeared on albums by Bennett and Lady Gaga, Rodrigo, Bieber, Doja Cat, HER, Billie Eilish, Batiste and Lil Nas X.

The New York Times added that with the expansion of the Record of the Year category, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” were added.

Mason said in an interview with the LA Times that more than 21,000 recordings had been submitted for consideration by the group’s approximately 11,000 voting members and “we wanted to provide the opportunity to represent as many artists as possible.”

He said this year’s nominations “begin to prove our hypothesis” that the academy – long known as a bastion of old-white-male values ​​- is successfully expanding and diversifying its membership. .

The Recording Academy says this year’s nominees aren’t shaped for the first time in decades by secret committees of anonymous insiders, who have historically monitored — and sometimes modified — the first-round choices of voters. Following criticism from the group, it announced in April that it had ended its so-called nomination review committees and pledged to run a clean vote to move forward.

The annual ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 31 at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles.

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