The 62nd Grammy Awards nominations are here, and it appears to be Lizzo’s year to lose.
The singer, songwriter, flutist and rapper was nominated across five of the night’s top categories, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance.
Other notable nominees include Lil Nas X, tipped for Best New Artist and whose debut album 7 is up for Album of the Year, while his Gen Z opus “Old Town Road” will compete for Record of the Year against Post Malone, Bon Iver, Swae Lee, H.E.R., Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.
The nominees announced today were determined by initial votes cast by Recording Academy members, which are then tallied and winnowed down to the final nods by a secret nominating committee (at least the recordings — final nominations in technical fields such as producing, engineering and package design are determined by a “craft committee”). Rumors abound of the contributing factors behind the nominating committee’s decisions, but little is actually known about its processes or membership. The eligibility window for this year’s awards is for projects released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019.
It is also Deborah Dugan’s first year as president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the parent organization of the Grammy Awards. Dugan was on hand this morning to introduce the nominations announcements, and was joined by producer Harvey Mason Jr., journalist Gayle King, Alicia Keys (who used the time to announce a new record, being released today, called Time Machine) and Bebe Rexha.
The telecast will air on CBS on Jan. 26, 2020.
This is a developing story.
Song of the Year
“Always Remember Us This Way,” Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Hard Place,” Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Lover,” Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Norman F****** Rockwell” Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
“Someone You Loved,” Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)
“Truth Hurts,” Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)
Record of the Year
“7 rings,” Ariana Grande
“Hard Place,” H.E.R.
“bad guy,” Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“Hey, Ma,” Bon Iver
“Sunflower,” Post Malone and Swae Lee
Album of the Year
i,i, Bon Iver
Norman F****** Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
thank u, next, Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
7, Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Father Of The Bride, Vampire Weekend
Best New Artist
Lil Nas X
Tank & The Bangas
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
“7 Rings,” Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“You Need To Calm Down,” Taylor Swift
Best R&B Performance
“Love Again,” Daniel Caesar and Brandy
“Exactly How I Feel,” Lizzo feat. Gucci Mane
“Could’ve Been,” H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller
“Come Home,” Anderson .Paak feat. Andre 3000
“Roll Some Mo,” Lucky Daye
Best Rap Album
Revenge of the Dreamers 3, Dreamville
Championships, Meek Mill
I Am Greater Than I Was, 21 Savage
IGOR, Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae
Best Country Song
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandie Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
“It All Comes Out In The Wash,” Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Some Of It,” Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
“Speechless,” Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)