It’s that time of the year again when songs, albums and artists compete to win one of music’s most prestigious awards. The nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021 via a virtual live stream. Jon Batiste led all artists with 11nominations, including album and record of the year; Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with eight; and Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish with seven each. The awards will be presented for the first time since the nomination procedure was overhauled after The Recording Academy, the Grammys’ governing body, agreed in late April to end the practice of using anonymous expert committees to narrow down the final ballot in dozens of categories, which had been in place since 1989.

The Recording academy announced some changes ahead of the 2022 ceremony. Some of these changes include – an increase in the number of nominees in each category in the General Field (which comprises the awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist), from eight to ten; introduction of Best Global Music Performance and Best Música Urbana Album categories, bringing the total number of categories to 86; and for Album of the Year, all credited artists which include those featured, “songwriters of new material, producers, recording engineers, mixers, and mastering engineers are eligible” to be nominated and also win the category as recipients.

Nigerian star artists were also not left behind in the nominations with Nigerian music star, Wizkid, bagging two nominations.  He was nominated alongside fellow Nigerian superstars — Femi Kuti, Burna Boy and Tems — for Best Global Music Performance. Along with Femi Kuti and Made Kuti’s ‘Legacy+,’ and Angelique Kidjo’s ‘Mother Nature,” his ‘Made in Lagos’ album was also nominated for Best Global Music Album.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to hold on 31st January, 2022 at the Arena (formally known as the Staples Center) in Los Angeles.

Here are some of the nominations;

Record of the Year

  • “I Still Have Faith in You” – Abba
  • “Freedom” – Jon Batiste
  • “I Get a Kick Out of You” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • “Right on Time” – Brandi Carlile
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring SZA
  • “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish
  • “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Lil Nas X
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic

Album of the Year

  • “We Are” – Jon Batiste
  • “Love for Sale” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)” – Justin Bieber
  • “Planet Her (Deluxe)” – Doja Cat
  • “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish
  • “Back of My Mind” – H.E.R.
  • “Montero” – Lil Nas X
  • “Sour” – Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Evermore” – Taylor Swift
  • “Donda” – Kanye West

Song of the Year           

  • “Bad Habits” – Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
  • A Beautiful Noise” – Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile)
  • “Drivers License” – Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Fight for You” – Dernst Emile Ii, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “Kiss Me More” – Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell Ii, Solána Rowe and David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat featuring Sza)
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile Ii and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill and Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
  • “Peaches” – Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman Aand Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon)
  • “Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist

  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Finneas
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Anyone” – Justin Bieber
  • “Right on Time” – Brandi Carlile
  • “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish
  • “Positions” – Ariana Grande
  • “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “I Get a Kick Out of You” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • “Lonely” – Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco
  • “Butter” – BTS
  • “Higher Power” – Coldplay
  • “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • “Love for Sale” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • “Til We Meet Again (Live)” – Norah Jones
  • “A Tori Kelly Christmas” – Tori Kelly
  • “Ledisi Sings Nina” – Ledisi
  • “That’s Life” – Willie Nelson
  • “A Holly Dolly Christmas” – Dolly Parton

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)” – Justin Bieber
  • “Planet Her (Deluxe)” – Doja Cat
  • “Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish
  • “Positions” – Ariana Grande
  • “Sour” – Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • “Hero” – Afrojack and David Guetta
  • “Loom” – Ólafur Arnalds featuring Bonobo
  • “Before” – James Blake
  • “Heartbreak” – Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  • “You Can Do It” – Caribou
  • “Alive” – Rüfüs Du Sol
  • “The Business” – Tiësto

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

  • “Subconsciously” – Black Coffee
  • “Fallen Embers” – Illenium
  • “Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)” – Major Lazer
  • “Shockwave” – Marshmello
  • “Free Love” – Sylvan Esso
  • “Judgement” – Ten City

Best Alternative Music Album

  • “Shore” – Fleet Foxes
  • “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” – Halsey
  • “Jubilee” – Japanese Breakfast
  • “Collapsed in Sunbeams” – Arlo Parks
  • “Daddy’s Home” – St Vincent

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • “Double Dealin” – Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal
  • “The Garden” – Rachel Eckroth
  • “Tree Falls” – Taylor Eigsti
  • “At Blue Note Tokyo” – Steve Gadd Band
  • “Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2” – Mark Lettieri

Best Rock Performance

  • “Shot in the Dark” – AC/DC
  • “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)” – Black Pumas
  • “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Chris Cornell
  • “Ohms” – Deftones
  • “Making a Fire” – Foo Fighters

Best Metal Performance

  • “Genesis” – Deftones
  • “The Alien” – Dream Theater
  • “Amazonia” – Gojira
  • “Pushing the Tides” – Mastodon
  • “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” – Rob Zombie

Best Rock Song

  • “All My Favorite Songs” – Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
  • “The Bandit” – Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)
  • “Distance” – Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth Wvh)
  • “Find My Way” – Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
  • “Waiting on a War” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album

  • “Power Up” – AC/DC
  • “Capitol Cuts – Live From Studio A” – Black Pumas
  • “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1” – Chris Cornell
  • “Medicine at Midnight” – Foo Fighters
  • “McCartney III” – Paul McCartney

Best R&B Performance

  • “Lost You” – Snoh Aalegra
  • “Peaches” – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • “Damage” – H.E.R.
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “I Need You” – Jon Batiste
  • “Bring It on Home to Me” – BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Kenyon Dixon featuring Charlie Bereal
  • “Born Again” – Leon Bridges featuring Robert Glasper
  • “Fight for You” – H.E.R.
  • “How Much Can a Heart Take” – Lucky Daye featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song

  • “Damage” – Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Good Days” – Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe and Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas and Varren Wade, songwriters (Giveon)
  • “Leave the Door Open” – Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” – Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes and Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • “New Light” – Eric Bellinger
  • “Something to Say” – Cory Henry
  • “Mood Valiant” – Hiatus Kaiyote
  • “Table for Two” – Lucky Daye
  • “Dinner Party: Dessert” – Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder and Kamasi Washington
  • “Studying Abroad: Extended Stay” – Masego

Best R&B Album

  • “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” – Snoh Aalegra
  • “We Are” – Jon Batiste
  • “Gold-Diggers Sound” – Leon Bridges
  • “Back of My Mind” – H.E.R.
  • “Heaux Tales” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance

  • “Family Ties” – Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Up” – Cardi B
  • “My Life” – J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray
  • “Way 2 Sexy” – Drake featuring Future and Young Thug
  • “Thot Shit” – Megan Thee Stallion

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “Pride Is the Devil” – J. Cole featuring Lil Baby
  • “Need to Know” – Doja Cat
  • “Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow
  • “Wusyaname” – Tyler, The Creator featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again and Ty Dolla Sign
  • “Hurricane” – Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby

Best Rap Song

  • “Bath Salts” – Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones and Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX featuring Jay-Z and Nas)
  • “Best Friend” – Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas and Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie featuring Doja Cat)
  • “Family Ties” – Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour and Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Jail” – Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West and Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Jay-Z)
  • “My Life” – Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray)

Best Rap Album

  • “The Off-Season” – J. Cole
  • “Certified Lover Boy” – Drake
  • “King’s Disease II” – Nas
  • “Call Me If You Get Lost” – Tyler, the Creator
  • “Donda” – Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “Forever After All” – Luke Combs
  • “Remember Her Name” – Mickey Guyton
  • “All I Do Is Drive” – Jason Isbell
  • “Camera Roll” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “You Should Probably Leave,” Chris Stapleton

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