The Grammy Nominees Are Out (and New Female Artists Did Well)

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 PumasMaggie RogersRosalíaTank and the Bangas, and Yola.


Ariana GrandeH.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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