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64th Grammy Awards releases 2022 nominees

A new rule now is anyone who participates on an album as a featured guest, producer or
co-writer is also eligible to compete for the award

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The 64th annual Grammy Awards released the complete list of nominees for 2022.

Jon Batiste, a veteran jazz keyboardist, musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and part of one of New Orleans’ legendary musical dynasties, leads the nominations with 11, mostly for his We Are album, but also for his Soul film score.

Justin Bieber

Next in line, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber and H.E.R. have eight nominations each.

Olivia Rodrigo

Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish have seven nominations respectively.

Rodrigo, who started her music career this year, has been making noise from various award shows.

She is vying for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile, a Grammy favorite, got five nods for three different singles — she’s only competing against herself for Song of the Year.

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X, the first artist from the hip-hop capital of Atlanta to be nominated in the big categories since OutKast, got five nods. Nas dedicates his latest single and video, “That’s What I Want,” to the Grammy-winning hit “Hey Ya!” of OutKast (2003).

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s Silk Sonic got four nominations even though both artists had their new albums come out after this year’s eligibility cut-off. All Silk Sonic noms were for “Leave the Door Open.”

Taylor Swift, who won the Album of the Year award for Folklore last year got nominated again this year with her album Evermore.

BTS got one, for the pop duo/group for “Butter,” the same category as “Dynamite” last year.

Along with three hip-hop awards, Donda of Kanye West is also up for the big prize.

“We made the decision to expand to 10 fairly recently. We looked at the voting, which was up 17 percent this year, and the amount of submissions
— almost 22,000, that’s a crazy high number — and we said, ‘This is an incredible opportunity for us to honor more artists and shine a light on more great music.’ Traditionally, the Academy might have studied this for a few years and done a committee, but I think the way music is moving and the industry is evolving, I’m proud to say the Academy is able to move quickly,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, told Variety.

“The Grammy Awards changed its nomination rules: From eight, we can now have 10 nominations per category because after years of allegations of an insider influence — culminating last year, the incident when The Weeknd was surprisingly erased from all nominations despite having one of most successful albums and singles of the previous 12 months — the Academy then decided in May to eradicate the committees, except a group of specialized categories,” he added.

The Weeknd / photographs courtesy
of respective artists’ instagram

Another rule that was changed this year has led to some complicated solving when tallying up the nominations of the biggest stars.

A new rule now is anyone who participates on an album as a featured guest, producer or co-writer is also eligible to compete for the award.

West is competing against himself for album of the year because of his credits on Doja Cat’s album.

Swift actually has two nominations, not just one
— because she was added as a co-writer on two of Rodrigo’s tracks, meaning, she is also competing against herself for Album of the Year.

Finneas is up against himself in that category as well, because he has a credit on Bieber’s album as well as having collaborated on Billie Eilish’s entire project.

After getting completely vanished from the roster last year, and publicly vowing not to submit his work anymore, the weirdest irony of all is that The Weeknd has three nominations this year.

He got nominated thrice anyway, unwanted or not, for his featured appearances on West’s and Doja Cat’s albums, respectively.

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