It wouldn’t be an awards show without an accompanying list of grievances.
But while the nominations for the 64th annual Grammy Awards certainly validated the Recording Academy’s renewed commitment to diversity, some household names – and frequent visitors to the Grammys’ podiums – were either shunned or relegated to gender categories. smaller.
Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, HER and Olivia Rodrigo are among the top nominees this year, while jazz-R & B musician Jon Batiste earned 11 nominations.
But popular toppers like Drake, Miley Cyrus, and BTS haven’t had much love.
“What keeps me awake at night is that we don’t get the chance to honor all the amazing projects produced each year,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO and President of the Recording Academy, told USA TODAY . “I come from the musical world and I know the feeling of putting my body and soul into a project, in the hope of being recognized. But we only have 10 locations and one winner (for each category).
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Among the snags and notable surprises:
2022 Grammys snobs
Despite a guest list with Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Dua Lipa and Billy Idol, Cyrus’ seventh studio album, “Plastic Hearts” was deleted. Maybe voters didn’t make cotton on his Valentine’s Day in the 1980s, which is a shame. The release is not only brimming with Cyrus’ passion for the era, but the singles “Prisoner” (with Dua Lipa) and “Angels Like You” (co-written with Ryan Tedder) illustrate his ability to blend authenticity and charm. rock.
Kelly machine gun
His fifth studio album, “Tickets to My Downfall,” established Kelly as a pop-punkster who officially abandoned his hip-hop roots. Still, his smooth, guitar hymns didn’t warrant a single nod. But between his ongoing musical partnership with Travis Barker of Blink-182 and a rock single with “Papercuts”, from his upcoming album “Born with Horns”, MGK should have a reason to consider a future Grammy.
Prepare for another round of Drake against Kanye. The latter marked a nod to the album of the year for its very tinkered with “Donda”. But Drake, despite breaking Spotify records, becoming the eighth artist in Billboard history to win 10 No.1 albums with “Certified Lover Boy” and to surpass Ye with week one sales, was never recognized only for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance (“Way 2 Sexy” with Future and Young Thug) The Weeknd would like a word.
We recognize that “Butter” is not as hearty a slice of pop perfection as its predecessor, “Dynamite”. But it’s still a wonderfully fun contribution from K-pop superstars – not to mention the song of the summer that broke a Spotify global record for the biggest song debut in history. platform. So a single nod for the best duo / group pop performance? The BTS Army would like a word.
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Megan you stallion
A nomination for Best Rap Performance (“Thot S —“) is acceptable, but the latest winner for Best New Artist had every reason to expect her debut album, “Good News,” to earn her. a few slaps on the back. The critically acclaimed release ranked No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, spawned the platinum singles “Body” and “Cry Baby” (with DaBaby), and pushed Megan further into the conversation. Notable current rappers.
The two-time Grammy winner released “Positions” with reasonable success as she continued to push a sound blending pop, R&B and trap. Although the album relied more on blown flirtatious ballads rather than club thumpers, it still earned it a No.1 single with the title track, which landed a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance. . The album will also compete for Best Pop Vocal Album, but there was a guess that it would warrant a bigger Grammy spotlight.
“Solar Power” is one of the works that earned Jack Antonoff his nomination as Producer of the Year, but what about the artist herself? MIA this year. While “Solar Power” wasn’t as adored as its 2013 “Pure Heroine” or “Melodrama” debut in 2017, it meant a change in style that the Grammy team generally appeals to. Lorde called her “weed album” “Solar Power” due to the songs infused with hazy psychedelic pop and sparser instrumentation than her previous work. Apparently voters preferred her in clubs.
As we know from her documentary “Miss Americana”, the Album of the Year category is the one Swift covets the most, so she’s undoubtedly happy with the arrival of “Evermore” among the heavyweights of the year. But where is “Willow”, which she performed as part of a medley at this year’s Grammy ceremony? Or “No Body, No Crime,” which brought Swift back to her country radio roots? The omissions make Swift’s album nod seem obligatory, which it certainly isn’t.
Recording Academy boss Mason has confirmed that the struggling country singer is eligible to be nominated (“As long as the requirements meet our standards for date and genre, we don’t decide who is eligible. Mason told USA TODAY). But despite the massive commercial success of “Dangerous: The Double Album” and the singles “Sand in My Boots”, “7 Summers” and “More Than My Hometown”, Grammy voters failed to recognize Wallen, who was filmed. utter a racial insult in February.
Alicia Keys, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo
One year you’re a Grammy sweetheart and the next cycle, a distant memory. Well, not completely. Keys, which won an impressive 15 Grammys (out of 29 nominations), appeared only in the category of Best Immersive Audio Album (recordings released on formats such as DVD-Audio, Atmos and Blu-Ray) for “Alicia” and shares a record of the year not for her solo work, but “A Beautiful Noise”, which she performed with Brandi Carlile on “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” (it’s also on the digital version of “Alicia”).
Meanwhile, former Musgraves album of the year winner, whose “Golden Hour” won an armful of trophies in the 2019 ceremony between the general and country categories, only got a few recognition for “Camera Roll” (best country song and best country solo performance), from her current album (aka “Divorce”), “Star-Crossed”.
As for Lizzo, she is only a year away from scoring her first three career Grammys, but her 2021 single with Cardi B, “Rumors,” deserved no attention.
2022 Grammys surprises
Loyal viewers of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” are well aware of Batiste’s agile musicality with his band, Stay Human. But even with the jazz / R & B pioneer’s resume, his 11 nominations – the most among any artist this year – it’s not an expected name among the album of the year (“We Are”) and Record of the Year (“Freedom”) lineups. It was a time of celebration for Batiste, who landed an Oscar in 2021 for Best Original Music for “Soul.” Despite three previous Grammy nominations. He hasn’t won yet, but with his current multiple nominations spanning Jazz, R&B, American Roots and Classics, that will likely change in January.
We are the first to agree that the absence of ABBA among the Grammy winners is blasphemous. But we’re also rational enough to realize that while their release from the ’70s and’ 80s – ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’ ‘The Winner Takes It All’ – undoubtedly deserved accolades, the single ‘I Still Have Faith In You, ”from the band’s first album (“ Voyage ”) in over 40 years, is a strange inclusion for record of the year.