The “Blinding Lights” singer was shocked by last year’s Grammy nominations—with the artist pledging that she would boycott the awards in the future—her presence was felt strongly when she was nominated for Music’s top award in 2022. The contenders were announced on Tuesday. A surprising last-minute rule change – until announced moments before the contenders were revealed – took the number of nominees in the Big 4 categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist) from eight to was increased to 10.
No doubt to avoid another spectacular omission such as When The Weeknd Became Empty, when their blockbuster “After Hours” album produced a string of hits. Ironically, The Weeknd garnered three nominations after closing last year. He is gearing up for his collaborations, including Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” and Kanye West’s “Donda”. Single “Hurricane”. Although it is safe to say that he will not be visible when the awards are held on January 31.
But rule changes have also made the major categories like a wide open free-for-all with an emphasis on quality.
Take Album of the Year for example. It’s hard to argue with Lil Nas X’s “Montero”, Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” and Justin Bieber’s “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)”—especially when BiBS dropped any major scores for last year’s “Transformation”. did not do. Ditto for Olivia Rodrigo’s debut film, “Sour,” which was both a critical and commercial success.
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And although John Battist’s “We Are” comes as a surprise as one of 11 nominations, with the “Late Show” bandleader leading the field, it is one of a kind by a skilled, well-respected composer who Being mixed often works in its own way. Likewise, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Love for Sale” LP is the kind of sentimental favorite that sometimes hides when voters go with their hearts more than their heads.
But after winning Album of the Year for “Folklore” this year, did Taylor Swift really need to be nominated again for its lesser sequel, “Evermore”? The R&B songwriter HER, nominated for “Back of My Mind,” also sounds like the usual suspects who is stepping out of the category. And in a more selective location, it’s doubtful that there will be room for Doja Cat’s “Planet Her (Deluxe)” or even West’s “Donda”, which is surprisingly known as Drake’s more successful “Certified Boyfriend Boy”. “But approved.
Similarly, the expanded Record of the Year field allows for the inclusion of more chart-driven options (Doja Cat features SZA’s “Kiss Me More,” in Doza Cat). Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Givone’s “Peaches”) – showing the Grammys like the American Music Awards from fan-vote – as well as head-scratching ones like Bennett and Gaga’s “I Get a Kick Out of You” and Abba’s “I Still Have Faith in You.”
It undermines the honor of being nominated when it is no longer such an exclusive club. To paraphrase Oprah, it’s almost like, “You get a nomination! And you get a nomination! And you get a nomination!”
In fact, out of the 10 Best New Artist nominees, there are probably only five — country star Jimmy Allen, Eilish’s producer-brother Phineas, Bieber collaborator Kid Laroi, rappers Sowety and Rodrigo — whom most music fans would even know.
And thankfully for all the nominees, Adele — with her No. 1 single “Easy on Me” and new album “30” — didn’t qualify this September’s cutoff.