Pop and jazz lead the way at the 64th Grammy Awards

Music’s biggest names will gather in Las Vegas tonight to honor their own at the Grammys, now in their 64th year, with pop juggernauts joining jazzman Jon Batiste as the main nominees.

This year’s gala will take place in Las Vegas for the first time, after organizers postponed the original January 31 event due to a rise in Covid-19 cases, then moved it from Los Angeles to America’s gambling capital.

The field is wide open – especially after the Recording Academy once again expanded the top four categories, this time to include 10 nominees, in a bid to improve diversity.

The timing of the Grammys just a week after Will Smith stunned the world by slapping Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars adds an extra layer of unpredictability to what is already generally one of the most bizarre nights on the showbiz awards circuit. .

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Justin Bieber will be vying for eight trophies at the ceremony hosted by late-night host Trevor Noah, as will R&B favorite HER and singer-rapper Doja Cat.

Grammys darling Billie Eilish is up for seven awards. The same goes for Olivia Rodrigo, a former Disney Channel actress who exploded onto the pop scene last year with her smash hit. Driving license.

Olivia Rodrigue

Rodrigo, 19, also landed nods for his highly touted debut album Acid, and is a close shoo-in to best new artist – she takes on Eilish’s brother Finneas, rapper Saweetie, experimental pop group Japanese Breakfast and others.

Like Eilish in 2020, Rodrigo has the opportunity to sweep the top four categories, which would make him the third artist to do so.

But it’s Jon Batiste – the jazz and R&B artist and bandleader, who won an Oscar last year for his soundtrack to the Pixar animated film. Soul – who has the best chance of winning Grammy gold, with 11 nominations, including two in the top categories.

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

Jon Batiste

The black artist born into a major New Orleans musical dynasty will compete primarily on the strength of his album We are and its catchy single Freedom.

The leader of dormant nominations is also up for awards in areas spanning genre and medium, including R&B, Jazz, American Roots and Contemporary Classic, as well as nods for Best Music Video and his compositional work on Soul.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, the beloved 95-year-old crooner, have a strong chance to add to their Grammys charts – their album love for sale won six nominations.

Kanye West scored several nominations for his album donda – and will take on longtime nemesis Taylor Swift in the Album of the Year category, where she has her only shot at Grammy Gold for always.

Taylor Swift

Swift did not submit Fearless (Taylor version) – his 2021 re-recording of his 2008 album – for Grammy consideration, after winning four awards for the original in 2010.

Rap categories include West with Nas, J. Cole and Tyler, The Creator — but not Drake, who withdrew both of his nominations in December without explanation.

In the past, the Canadian number one had accused the Recording Academy, with which he fought for a long time, of classifying his music in the rap categories because he is black.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will face off in the Best Rap Performance category, the only area in which the artists behind the smash WAP are in the running.

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Korean pop juggernauts BTS scored a pop category nomination for huge commercial success Butter – less than expected for the massively popular boy band that has struggled to make inroads at the Grammys.

But BTS is expected to perform on the night watched as much for its showmanship as for the actual awards, as are Rodrigo, Eilish, Batiste, and HER with Lil Nas X.

West, who has five nominations in total, was reportedly removed from the lineup due to his sometimes troubling behavior, but sources said he could still join the lineup at the last minute.

Mercurial West has been broadcasting personal attacks on comedian Pete Davidson, who is dating West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, for weeks.

The 44-year-old megastar was also banned from Instagram for 24 hours after insulting Grammy host Noah, who said West was getting “more and more belligerent in the way he tries to get Kim back”.

2022 Grammy Nominees

album of the year
We are – Jon Batiste
love for sale -Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) -Justin Bieber
Planet Elle (Deluxe) – Doja Cat
happier than ever -Billie Eilish
In the back of my mind – HIS
Montero -Lil Nas X
Acid -Olivia Rodrigo
always – Taylor Swift
donda – Kanye West

Record of the Year, awarding Overall Performance on a Song
I still have faith in you -ABBA
Freedom – Jon Batiste
Get a kick out of you -Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Peaches – Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar and Giveon
Just in time -Brandi Carlile
kiss me more – Doja Cat with SZA
happier than ever -Billie Eilish
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) -Lil Nas X
Driving license -Olivia Rodrigo
Leave the door open – Sonic silk

Song of the Year, Songwriting Award
Bad habits – Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
A nice sound – Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile)
Driving license – Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
fight for you – Dernst Emile II, HER and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (HER)
happier than ever – Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
kiss me more – Roget Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solana Rowe and David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat with 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 Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman and Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar and giveon)
Just in time – Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist
Arooj Aftab
jimmy allen
Baby Keem
Finneas
glass animals
Japanese breakfast
Kid Laroi
Arlo Parks
Olivia Rodrigue
Saweetie

Best music video
A shot in the dark – AC DC
Freedom – Jon Batiste
I get a kick from you -Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Peaches – Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar and 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
King II disease – Nas
Call me if you get lost – Tyler the Creator
donda – Kanye West

Best Rap Performance
Family ties – Baby Keem with Kendrick Lamar
At the top – Cardi B
My life – J. Cole with 21 Savage and Morray

best rock album
Power on – AC DC
Capitol Cups – 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 Elle (Deluxe) – Doja Cat
happier than ever -Billie Eilish
Positions – Ariana Grande
Acid -Olivia Rodrigo

Best World Music Album
Mohabbat -Arooj Aftab
do it yourself – Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy
Pa Pa Pa -Femi Kuti
Blewu – Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo
Gasoline – WizKid with Tems

Additional reports: AFP

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