At April’s Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, the big winner was Jon Batiste, a jazz-funk bandleader with a plum TV gig and critical acclaim but almost zero chart presence before the ceremony.
On February 5, 2023, it will be music’s reigning A-listers vying for top trophies.
Superstars Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles, Adele and Lizzo have all been nominated for Album, Song and Record of the Year at the 65th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced today. Longtime Grammy favorites Mary J. Blige (nine-time winner and 37-time nominations) and Brandi Carlile (six wins, 24 nominations) were both nominated for Record and Album of the Year, and Bad Bunny, the best-selling female artist of 2022 , received a nomination for Album of the Year. Even Taylor Swift, whose “Midnights” isn’t eligible until the next cycle, snagged a Song of the Year nomination for her 10-minute re-recording of “All Too Well.” While ratings for televised awards shows are at an all-time low, executives at The Recording Academy and its network TV affiliate CBS have reason to be optimistic in the face of a night of performances by some of pop music’s biggest draws.
While Beyoncé and Adele were expected to lead the pack, there are a handful of notable surprises and a few sharp nudges. Here are a few that caught our eye:
1. No more drama; many more nominations.
R&B great Mary J. Blige has had a long and colorful career, and the Grammys have rewarded her with nine trophies, from her first in 1996 to her last in 2009. But her six nominations this year are likely inspire even die-hard Mary fans -guard. Album of the Year nominee “Good Morning Gorgeous” was an exemplary addition to their discography, yet it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200. The title track, which was considered record of the year, charted at number 83 on the Hot 100. But they clearly have one Struck a nerve with Grammy voters who may have found their affection for the queen of hip-hop soul after her performance alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar rekindled at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Blige is also nominated in four R&B categories.
2. “Only Thing That’s Gone” is Morgan Wallen’s shot at a Grammy.
After a year in which more than one superstar has set their reputations on fire with conspiracy theories and racist language, the Recording Academy is probably grateful they don’t have to deal with a Morgan Wallen issue. The country star’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” spent 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, but Wallen was disqualified from the Grammys this year, a likely byproduct of the viral video that caught Wallen with the N-word. He’s back on the road to sold-out arenas, but Grammy voters weren’t quite ready to welcome him back into the fold.
3. Bluegrass, jazz, Brazilian pop, and a 35-year-old newcomer to rap.
In recent years, the new artist category heralded the arrival of a new superstar: Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa were past winners. This year, however, the category is all over the map and full of acts that are still up and coming. Bluegrass singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle, hipster jazz duo Domi and JD Beck, and old-school jazz singer Samara Joy all indulge in pyrotechnic musicality. The field is as diverse as it is wide open: there is the Brazilian música urbana (Anitta); winning Latin indie (Omar Apollo); Italian glam rock (Måneskin); whimsical British indie rock (wet leg); cheeky Atlanta rap (latto); and riveting R&B (Muni Long). In the meantime, the 35-year-old rapper and actor Tobe Nwigwe from Houston has already released 11 (!) albums before his new artist nick. No one stands out as the obvious frontrunner, which should make for lively competition.
4. Scream chaos and let the barbz of war slip away.
Nicki Minaj raps from start to finish on her #1 hit “Super Freaky Girl,” but Recording Academy decided their sample of Rick James’ “Super Freak” made it bubbly enough to compete in the pop category instead . The news didn’t sit well with Minaj, but she tweeted that she would accept it on one condition: if Latto’s hit single “Big Energy” was also made into pop. Minaj struck on both fronts: she didn’t earn a single nomination, and “Big Energy” received a nomination for melodic rap performance.
5. It’s her, hello, she’s the country nominee.
In the 15 years that have followed her country debut, Swift has completely transformed herself from Nashville darling to undeniable queen of pop. Though Swift never quite formalized a departure from country music, the electro-pop edges of her 2012 masterpiece Red hinted at her eventual foray into the mainstream; and the singer-songwriter’s 2021 re-reading of this critical chapter planted her firmly back in the rural soil that raised her. Kicking off next year’s expected dominance in the top categories, Swift received three nominations Tuesday: her 10-minute re-imagining of 2012’s “All Too Well” is up for song of the year; “Carolina,” her native number for the film Where the Crawdads Sing, is nominated for a song written for visual media; and her duet with Chris Stapleton, the once-vaulted ballad “I Bet You Think About Me,” is in the running for the country song.
6. The first Grammy Circle Pit?
It’s not every year that a hardcore band gets a shot at a Grammy, but thanks to the eccentric sheen of their 2021 LP, Glow On, Baltimore’s Turnstiles get three nominations: Rock Song, Rock Performance, and Metal Performance. The five-man team must contend against industry veterans like Ozzy Osbourne, the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers — as well as some eyebrow-raising wildcards like Grammy-winning Americana star Brandi Carlile and Canadian power ballad singer Bryan Adams .
7. “Encanto” finished in top categories.
Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film Encanto delivered more than just a soundtrack full of kid-friendly sing-alongs. The “Encanto” soundtrack, which includes eight banging Latin showtunes written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and composed by Germaine Franco, sparked a takeover on the Billboard charts, led by the cha-cha-cha number “We.” Don’t Talk About Bruno” – which has been #1 on the Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks. But at this year’s Grammys, the “Encanto” soundtrack and its biggest single are completely excluded from the general field and instead grouped into genre categories: song written for visual media, score soundtrack, and compilation soundtrack for visual media.
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