With new rules in place this year and a promise to regain the trust of its members, the Recording Academy released its nominations for its 64th Grammy Awards on Tuesday. Here are some facts about this year’s nominees:
A RETIREE REVOLUTION:
Granted, pop music tends to be aimed at young teens, but the year’s record for nominees in the category is 95-18, with names that multigenerational families will all recognize. Tony Bennett, the oldest of the group and who has won 18 Grammys to his name, is nominated along with Lady Gaga for their version of “I Get a Kick Out of You”. But Swedish pop icons ABBA are not resting on their laurels either. The four-year-old Scandinavian are in the running for their first-ever Grammy nomination for their comeback song “I Still Have Faith In You”. Maybe grandparents and grandchildren will have something to tie into this year’s Grammy Awards.
Country star Morgan Wallen’s business highs came along with his own personal lows. Wallen was filmed using a racial slur earlier this year, but, despite this, his album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” was one of the best-selling albums of the year, spending 10 weeks at the top. of the Billboard 200 Albums chart. . Wallen has been disqualified or limited to multiple music awards this year and the Recording Academy has not given him any nominations this year.
The overall year record and song of the year categories also left out some major singles that topped both social media and the charts. Kali Uchis found an audience for her mixed-language hit “TelepatÃa” on TikTok, while Cardi B extended her reign with her No.1 hit “Up”, which is only nominated for Best Rap Performance. But a more surprising snub is BTS’s âButterâ, a summer mega-hit from the Korean group, but their only Grammy nod this year came in the best dup / group pop performance category.
SILK SONIC SURPRISE
The new duo Silk Sonic made their TV debut on the last Grammy Awards show and now they are returning as nominees, although they have only released a small number of songs over the period of time. ‘eligibility. Of course, when the duo is made up of 11-time Grammy-winner Bruno Mars and four-time Grammy-winner Anderson .Paak, special attention needs to be paid. The duo won four nominations, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Comedian Louis CK is nominated for Best Comedy Album for “Sincerely Louis CK,” a comeback after acknowledging the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against him by several women in 2017. The album is from a movie CK made posted on its website last year.
Dave Chappelle is also nominated this year for best spoken word album for “8:46”, a special he released last year after the murder of George Floyd. The nomination comes as the comedian discusses the aftermath of his latest Netflix special and his anti-transgender remarks.
While the Recording Academy’s new rules this year involved ditching anonymous selection boards, some artists still found themselves in categories they didn’t want to be in. Six-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile is nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. for her single “Right On Time”, which also earned a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. But Carlile posted on social media last month that she was disappointed with the academy’s decision to move the song to the pop category, instead of the American roots it was originally submitted to.
Rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in 2020, earned another posthumous Grammy nomination, this time as a contributor on Kanye West’s âDonda,â which is nominated for album of the year. DMX won a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song for âBath Salts,â starring Jay-Z and Nas, which was released after his death earlier this year. And jazz pianist Chick Corea has four nominations this year in the jazz, Latin jazz and classical categories. Corea died earlier this year from cancer.