LOS ANGELES – Jazz musician Jon Batiste led nominations on Tuesday for the Grammy Awards with 11 nods, adopted by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R with eight apiece.
Batiste and Bieber will compete for the highest prize – album of the yr – together with pop singer Billie Eilish, R&B artist Doja Cat, singer-songwriter H.E.R, rapper Kanye West, Tony Bennett and Woman Gaga, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and rapper Lil Nas X, organizers mentioned.
The Grammys, the best honors within the music trade, will likely be handed out at ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 31.
Nominees within the prime three classes – album, music and document of the yr – had been elevated to 10 from 8 for the primary time. “Including extra nominees is a solution to forged a wider web for extra music, extra artists and extra genres,” Recording Academy chief government Harvey Mason Jr mentioned, saying the change on Tuesday.
Eilish, Rodrigo, Bieber and Batiste had been additionally among the many 10 nominees for document of the yr, together with Swedish band Abba’s new comeback single, “I Nonetheless Have Religion in You.”
However Swift, who snagged a finest album nod for “Evermore,” was shut out of each the document of the yr and music of the yr races.
Teen phenomenon Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the US charts in January when her single “Drivers License” went viral, obtained seven nods, together with finest new artist and for her debut album “Bitter.”
Batiste, who additionally leads the band on “The Late Present with Stephen Colbert,” scored nominations throughout the board, starting from his music video “Freedom” to album “We Are,” which was impressed by the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
“!!!!!!!!!!!!” Batiste wrote on Twitter.
The Recording Academy, the organizers of the Grammy Awards, earlier this yr modified the way in which nominations and winners are chosen after persistent allegations that the method was open to rigging.
The Academy was slammed final yr when Canadian artist The Weeknd obtained zero nominations regardless of having one of the crucial critically acclaimed albums of 2020 with “After Hours.”
Nominations this yr had been chosen by all 11,000 voting members of the Recording Academy, as an alternative of smaller committees of trade specialists whose names weren’t revealed. Winners are additionally chosen by the musicians, producers and songwriters who make up the members of the Recording Academy.
“Everybody may have their opinions and provides their evaluation. Tons will likely be mentioned and the reason being easy. Music issues and the individuals who make it matter,” Mason Jr. mentioned on Tuesday, anticipating response to the nominations listing.
Okay-pop band BTS, who’ve but to win a Grammy regardless of dominating the US music charts for nearly two years, obtained a nod on Tuesday for his or her efficiency of their top-selling single “Butter” within the pop group area however missed out in different main classes.
The South Korean boy band was named artist of the yr on Sunday on the American Music Awards, that are chosen by followers.
Bennett, 95, who has Alzheimer’s illness, and Gaga obtained a number of nods for his or her American requirements duets album “Love for Sale,” which is anticipated to be Bennett’s final.
The eligibility interval for the Grammys ran from Sept 2020 to Sept 2021, which means the brand new album by Adele must wait till subsequent time. — Reuters