From Tony Bennett to Kanye and John Battist, the Grammys cast a wide net


Los Angeles, November 24

Jon Battist on Tuesday led a Grammy nomination in best album territory that spanned rap to jazz music and embraced newcomers like teen sensation Olivia Rodrigo and veteran Tony Bennett alike.

Batiste and Justin Bieber with Bennett’s collaborations with Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, R&B artist Doja Cat, singer-songwriter HER, rapper Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and rapper Lil Nas X top prize – for Album of the Year will compete. ,

The Grammy, the highest honor in the music industry, will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31.

The nominees in each of the top three categories – Album, Song and Record of the Year – were increased from eight to 10 for the first time.

Announcing the change Tuesday, Recording Academy chief executive Harvey Mason Jr. said, “Adding more nominees is a way to cast a wider net for more music, more artists, and more genres.”

Eilish (“Happier Than Ever”), Rodrigo (“Driver’s License”), Bieber (“Peaches”) and Batiste (“Freedom”) with Swedish band Abba’s new comeback single, among 10 nominees for Record of the Year Were. “I still believe in you.” An 11-time Grammy winner, Swift took home the award for Best Album for her best-selling “Evermore”, but dropped out of the other race, frustrated fans feeling she had been duped.

“No problem today, just champagne,” Swift tweeted. “SO Stoked has been honored like this forever.”

Rodrigo, 18, who hit the US charts in January when his single “Driver’s License” went viral, received seven awards, including Best New Artist and Album (“Sour”).

Batiste, who leads the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, covered the whole board, from classical composition and American roots to their music video “Freedom” and the album “We Are”, which was inspired by Black. Enrollment received. Lives Matter 2020 protest.

Batiste wrote on Twitter, “Wow!! Thank you God!! I love everyone! I am so grateful to my colleagues and my ancestors.”

Rapper Jay-Z became the most Grammy-nominated artist of all time when he surpassed music producer Quincy Jones’s previous record for his total of 83. Paul McCartney added twice to finish second with 81.

Earlier this year the Recording Academy changed the way nominations and winners were selected, following allegations that the process was open to rigging and that Canadian artist The Weeknd had received zero approval.

This time the nominees were selected by all 11,000 voting members of the Recording Academy, not smaller committees, whose names were not disclosed. The winners are also chosen by the musicians, producers and lyricists who belong to the Academy.

K-pop band BTS, which has yet to win a Grammy despite dominating the US music charts for nearly two years, won a solo award on Tuesday for performing their best-selling single “Butter” in the pop group’s arena. Received.

West, who had a controversial relationship with the Grammys, received five hits from his hit album “Donda”, which was dedicated to his late mother.

Bennett, 95, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and Gaga were approved five times for their Cole Porter duet album “Love for Sale”, which is expected to be Bennett’s last.

The Grammy eligibility period lasted from September 2020 to September 2021, which means Adele’s new album will have to wait until next time.