This year’s Grammy nominees were announced yesterday, and NEW artists . . . especially the women . . . did well.  Lizzo has the most nominations with eight, including a nod for Best New Artist.  That’s a big deal, because it’s the first time in 15 years that a new artist scored the most nominations.  Kanye West was the last to do it, back in 2004.  He got 10. Lizzo is followed by fellow rookies Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who both got six nominations.  They’re competing against Lizzo for Best New Artist, alongside Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Tank and the Bangas, and Yola. Ariana Grande, H.E.R. and Finneas O’Connell were next with five nominations apiece.  Finneas is Billie Eilish’s older brother, and he produced her debut album.  All his nominations came from his work with her. And yes, you heard that correctly:  Lil Nas X is the top male nominee, and it wasn’t just “Old Town Road”.  He also got an ALBUM of the Year nomination for his EP “7”, which only has eight songs . . . including TWO versions of “Old Town Road” . . . and it clocks in at just 18 minutes and 44 seconds.

A lot of people were confused by that.  Even Lil Nas X was surprised.  He Tweeted, quote, “NO [EFFING] WAY.”  He was NOT nominated in the country category . . . he got his nominations in the pop and rap/sung categories. By the way, Lizzo and Billie weren’t just dominant, they were HISTORIC.  Both of them were nominated in each of the “Big Four” categories:  Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, plus Best New Artist. It’s the first time in Grammy history that TWO artists were nominated in all four categories. 

(Here’s a complete list of everyone who’s done it.)

Billie is the YOUNGEST artist to be nominated in all four categories.  She’s 17.  That record had been held by Mariah Carey, who was 20 when she did it in 1990. Billie is also the youngest artist in Grammy history to get an Album of the Year nomination. The old record was held by Taylor Swift, who was 19 when she did it in 2009. As usual, the Best Spoken Word category features an eclectic blend.  This year, Michelle Obama is facing off against John Waters and the Beastie Boys, among others. CBS will air “The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards” live on January 26th. 

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Album of the Year:


• I,I”, Bon Iver . . . The album is pronounced “eye-comma-eye”

• Norman [Effing] Rockwell!”,  Lana Del Rey

• When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”,  Billie Eilish

• Thank U, Next”,  Ariana Grande

• I Used to Know Her”,  H.E.R.

• 7″,  Lil Nas X

• Cuz I Love You”,  Lizzo

• Father of the Bride”,  Vampire Weekend



Record of the Year:


• Hey, Ma”,  Bon Iver

• Bad Guy”,  Billie Eilish

• 7 Rings”,  Ariana Grande

• Hard Place”,  H.E.R.

• Talk”,  Khalid

• Old Town Road”,  Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus

• Truth Hurts”, Lizzo

• Sunflower”, Post Malone and Swae Lee



Song of the Year:


• Always Remember Us This Way”, Lady Gaga

• Bad Guy”,  Billie Eilish

• Bring My Flowers Now”,  Tanya Tucker

• Hard Place”,  H.E.R.

• Lover”,  Taylor Swift

• Norman [Effing] Rockwell”, Lana Del Rey

• Someone You Loved”,  Lewis Capaldi

• Truth Hurts”,  Lizzo



Best New Artist:  (If some of the names are unfamiliar, acquaint yourself.)


• Black Pumas

• Billie Eilish

• Lil Nas X

• Lizzo

• Maggie Rogers

• Rosalía

• Tank and the Bangas

• Yola



Best Pop Vocal Album:


• The Lion King: The Gift”,  Beyoncé

• When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”,  Billie Eilish

• Thank U, Next”,  Ariana Grande

• No. 6 Collaborations Project”,  Ed Sheeran

• Lover”,  Taylor Swift



Best Pop Solo Performance:


• Spirit”,  Beyoncé

• Bad Guy”,  Billie Eilish

• 7 Rings”,  Ariana Grande

• Truth Hurts”,  Lizzo

• You Need to Calm Down”,  Taylor Swift



Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:


• Boyfriend”,  Ariana Grande and Social House

• Sucker”,  The Jonas Brothers

• Old Town Road”,  Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus

• Sunflower”,  Post Malone and Swae Lee

• Señorita”,  Shawn Mendes featuring Camila Cabello



Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:


• Sí”,  Andrea Bocelli

• Love  Michael Bublé

• Look Now”,  Elvis Costello and the Imposters

• A Legendary Christmas”,  John Legend

• Walls”,  Barbra Streisand



Best Rock Song:


• Fear Inoculum”,  Tool

• Give Yourself a Try”,  The 1975

• Harmony Hall”,  Vampire Weekend

• History Repeats”,  Brittany Howard

• This Land”,  Gary Clark Jr.



Best Rock Album:


• Amo”,  Bring Me the Horizon

• Social Cues”,  Cage The Elephant

• In the End”,  The Cranberries

• Trauma”,  I Prevail

• Feral Roots”,  Rival Sons



Best Alternative Music Album:


• U.F.O.F.”,  Big Thief

• Assume Form”,  James Blake

• I,I”,  Bon Iver

• Father of the Bride”,  Vampire Weekend

• Anima”,  Thom Yorke



Best R&B Performance:


• Love Again”,  Daniel Caesar andBrandy

• Could’ve Been”,  H.E.R. and Bryson Tiller

• Exactly How I Feel”,  Lizzo and Gucci Mane

• Roll Some Mo”,  Lucky Dave

• Come Home”,  Anderson .Paak and Andre 3000



Best Traditional R&B Performance:


• Time Today”,  BJ the Chicago Kid

• Steady Love”,  India.Arie

• Jerome”,  Lizzo

• Real Games”,  Lucky Dave

• Built for Love”,  PJ Morton andJazmine Sullivan



Best Rap Song:


• Bad Idea”,  YBN Cordae and Chance the Rapper

• Gold Roses”,  Rick Ross and Drake

• A Lot”,  21 Savage and J. Cole

• Racks in the Middle”,  Nipsey Hussle, Roddy Ricch, and Hit-Boy

• Suge”,  DaBaby



Best Rap Album:


• Revenge of the Dreamers 3″,  Dreamville

• Championships”,  Meek Mill

• I Am > I Was”,  21 Savage

• Igor”,  Tyler, the Creator

• The Lost Boy”,  YBN Cordae



Best Rap/Sung Performance:


• Higher”,  DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend

• Drip Too Hard”,  Lil Baby and Gunna

• Panini”,  Lil Nas X

• Ballin”,  Mustard and Roddy Ricch

• The London”,  Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott



Best Country Song:


• Bring My Flowers Now”,  Tanya Tucker

• Girl Goin’ Nowhere”,  Ashley McBryde

• It All Comes Out in the Wash”,  Miranda Lambert

• Some of It”,  Eric Church

• Speechless”,  Dan + Shay



Best Country Album:


• Desperate Man”,  Eric Church

• Stronger Than the Truth”,  Reba McEntire

• Interstate Gospel”,  Pistol Annies

• Center Point Road”,  Thomas Rhett

• While I’m Livin'”,  Tanya Tucker



Best Country Solo Performance:


• All Your’n”,  Tyler Childers

• Girl Goin’ Nowhere”,  Ashley McBryde

• Ride Me Back Home”,  Willie Nelson

• God’s Country”,  Blake Shelton

• Bring My Flowers Now”,  Tanya Tucker



Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group:


• Brand New Man”,  Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs

• I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”,  Brothers Osborne

• Speechless”,  Dan + Shay

• The Daughters”,  Little Big Town

• Common”,  Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile



Best Soundtrack Album:


• “Rocketman”

• “A Star is Born”

• “The Lion King: The Songs”

• “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”

• “Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in America”



Best Score:


• “Avengers: Endgame”

• “Game of Thrones: Season 8”

• “Mary Poppins Returns”

• “The Lion King”

• “Chernobyl”



Best Comedy Album:


• “Relatable”, Ellen DeGeneres

• “Sticks & Stones”, Dave Chappelle

• “Son of Patricia”, Trevor Noah

• “Quality Time”, Jim Gaffigan

• “Right Now”, Aziz Ansari



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