Bieber, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo lead Grammy nominations

By: AFP      Published: 09:20 AM, 24 Nov, 2021
Bieber, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo lead Grammy nominations
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Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo are leading a splashy class of pop stalwarts and newbies nominated for this year's Grammy awards.

But it's Jon Batiste -- the jazz and R&B artist, television personality and bandleader, whose prizes include an Oscar for his soundtrack to the movie "Soul" -- who has the most chances at Grammy gold, snagging 11 nominations including in the top categories.

Bieber will vie for eight trophies at the January 31 gala in Los Angeles, as will R&B favorite H.E.R. and singer-rapper Doja Cat.

Grammy darling Eilish is in the running for seven, as is Olivia Rodrigo, a former Disney channel actress who exploded onto the pop scene this year with her breakout "drivers license."

The 18-year-old Rodrigo was expected to be a top contender and did not disappoint, landing nods for her much-touted debut album "Sour."

Like Eilish in 2019, Rodrigo has the opportunity to sweep the top four categories, including Best New Artist where she's competing against Kid Laroi, Japanese Breakfast, Saweetie, Eilish's brother Finneas, and a smattering of lesser-known acts.

The 64th annual show has once again expanded the number of nominees in its prestigious general categories, taking the count from eight to 10, in the wake of perennial criticism that it lacks diversity.

The longtime musical director of the popular "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," Batiste in recent years has emerged as a voice of social justice and protest.

The Black artist born to a prominent New Orleans musical dynasty will compete with work including his "We Are" LP and its rousing single "Freedom."

The sleeper frontrunner -- who has been nominated for three Grammys in past years but never won -- will go up against flashy, big-budget releases from artists including Bieber and Rodrigo in major categories including Album and Record of the Year.

Batiste is also up for awards in fields spanning genre and medium, including R&B, jazz, American roots and classical, along with nods for Best Music Video along with his composition work on the acclaimed Pixar animated film "Soul."

"WOW!! Thank you God!! I love EVERYBODY! I'm so grateful to my collaborators and to my ancestors," he tweeted.

- Taylor vs. Kanye -

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, the beloved 95-year-old crooner, posted a strong showing with six nominations for work related to their album "Love For Sale."

And rap mogul Jay-Z is now the most nominated artist in the show's history, with 83.

He was previously tied with legendary producer Quincy Jones, who had 80. At last year's ceremony Jay-Z's wife Beyonce became the show's most decorated singer in history, with 28 career wins.

Kanye West meanwhile scored several nominations for his album "Donda" -- and will face off with longtime nemesis Taylor Swift in the best album category, where she has her sole chance at Grammy gold for her record "evermore."

Swift did not submit "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" -- her 2021 re-recorded album of her 2008 release -- for Grammy consideration this go-around. The original record already won her four Grammys in 2010.

Drake's "Certified Lover Boy" was conspicuously left out of the general field categories but is up for two awards in the rap categories that include West along with Nas, J. Cole and Tyler, the Creator.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will compete in the Best Rap Performance category, the only field in which the artists behind the smash "WAP" -- which still hasn't been submitted for consideration -- are in the running.

- Another prize for the Obamas? -

Pop star Lorde was snubbed completely despite releasing her album "Solar Power." Fellow pop superstar Ariana Grande snagged a handful of chances at a win for her album "Positions."

Korean pop juggernauts BTS scored one nomination in the pop categories for the huge commercial hit "Butter" -- less than expected for the massively popular boy band act that's struggled to make inroads at the Grammys.

In a rare occurrence last year's rock categories heavily featured women and women-led acts -- but this year the four fields of that genre were almost completely run by men.

AC/DC, Foo Fighters and the late Chris Cornell are among the top contenders, with Paul McCartney up for two awards.

Swedish pop sensation ABBA -- who staged a recent comeback with their new album "Voyage," nearly 40 years after they split up -- could win the coveted Record of the Year for the track "I Still Have Faith In You."

And in the ever-eclectic Spoken Word Album category, which includes poetry, audio books, and story-telling, Barack Obama once again has the leading chance to win for "A Promised Land," after his wife Michelle beat her competition to take home the prize last year.

The former president already has two Grammys to his name.

Key nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards

Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out January 31 in Los Angeles.

Jazzman and bandleader Jon Batiste leads the pack with 11 nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, H.E.R. and Doja Cat with eight, as Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo nabbed seven.

This year the Recording Academy, the body behind the gala, expanded the top four categories from eight nominees to 10, offering music's brightest even more chances at Grammy gold.

- Album of the Year -

We Are — Jon Batiste 

Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & 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

- Record of the Year, recognizing overall performance on a song -

"I Still Have Faith In You" — ABBA 

"Freedom" — Jon Batiste 

"I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

"Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & 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

- Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting -

"Bad Habits" — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) 

"A Beautiful Noise" — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile) 

"drivers license" — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo) 

"Fight For You" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) 

"Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

"Kiss Me More" —  Roget Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solana Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) 

"Leave The Door Open" — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic) 

"Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X) 

"Peaches" — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha "Fury" King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon) 

"Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

- Best New Artist -

Arooj Aftab 

Jimmie Allen 

Baby Keem 


Glass Animals 

Japanese Breakfast 

The Kid Laroi 

Arlo Parks 

Olivia Rodrigo 


- Best Music Video -

"Shot In The Dark" — AC/DC 

"Freedom" — Jon Batiste 

"I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 

"Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon 

"Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish 

"Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Lil Nas X 

"Good 4 U" — Olivia Rodrigo

- 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 Rap Performance -

"Family Ties" — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar 

"Up" — Cardi B 

"m y . l i f e" — J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray 

"Way 2 Sexy" — Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug 

"Thot S***" — Megan Thee Stallion

- 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 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 Global Music Album -

Mohabbat - Arooj Aftab  

Do Yourself - Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy  

Pa Pa Pa - Femi Kuti  

Blewu - Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo  

Essence - WizKid Featuring Tems


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