WRITTEN BY: CECILIE BREE WILKINS

The 62nd Grammy Awards nominations are in and they have shaken the internet. With music fans debating who deserves the wins, as well as who was snubbed, this year’s outcome will be difficult to predict.

While the Grammys have received criticism for not being representative of music listeners in the past when it comes to their recording academy members, it seems this year the nominations are accurately recognizing artists who have made waves this year, such as Lizzo who received eight nominations, and Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X who both received six.

The Grammy nominations list pulled its fair share of surprises as well, with many not expecting Lil Nas X’s EP 7 to be nominated for album of the year, while albums by Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Bruce Springsteen were seemingly snubbed? When it came to the Rap categories, nominations were also overwhelmingly male despite women making huge impacts in Hip Hop. Many were also disappointed that K-Pop groups with huge followings, as well as influence, such as BTS and Blackpink were also left out.

With the Grammys shaking up their nominations, and attempting to call out a younger viewership, this year’s awards will likely excite and surprise. Here are some of the biggest and most discussed categories:

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
“Talk,” Khalid
“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

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Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank & The Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Spirit,” Beyonce
“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 Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Boyfriend,” Ariana Grande & Social House
“Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Sunflower,” Post Malone & Swae Lee
“Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Best Pop Vocal Album

The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande
No.6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran
Lover, Taylor Swift

Best R&B Performance

“Love Again,” Daniel Caesar & Brandy
“Could’ve Been,” H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller
“Exactly How I Feel,” Lizzo featuring Gucci Mane
“Roll Some Mo,” Lucky Daye
“Come Home,” Anderson .Paak featuring André 3000

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Time Today,” BJ The Chicago Kid
“Steady Love,” India.Arie
“Jerome,” Lizzo
“Real Games,” Lucky Daye
“Built For Love,” PJ Morton featuring Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song

“Could’ve Been,” Dernst Emile Ii, David “Swagg R’celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller)
“Look At Me Now,” Emily King & Jeremy Most, songwriters (Emily King)
“No Guidance,” Chris Brown, Tyler James Bryant, Nija Charles, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Michee Patrick Lebrun, Joshua Lewis, Noah Shebib & Teddy Walton, songwriters (Chris Brown featuring Drake)
“Roll Some Mo,” David Brown, Dernst Emile Ii & Peter Lee Johnson, songwriters (Lucky Daye)
“Say So,” PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton featuring Jojo)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Apollo XXI, Steve Lacy
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Overload, Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn, NAO
Being Human In Public, Jessie Reyez

Best R&B Album

1123, BJ The Chicago Kid
Painted, Lucky Daye
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
Paul, PJ Morton
Ventura, Anderson .Paak

Best Rap Performance

“Middle Child,” J. Cole
“Suge,” Dababy
“Down Bad,” Dreamville featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, Earthgang & Young Nudy
“Racks In The Middle,” Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Clout,” Offset featuring Cardi B

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
“Drip Too Hard,” Lil Baby & Gunna
“Panini,” Lil Nas X
“Ballin,” Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch
“The London,” Young Thug featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

“Bad Idea,” Chancelor Bennett, Cordae Dunston, Uforo Ebong & Daniel Hackett, songwriters (YBN Cordae feat. Chance The Rapper)
“Gold Roses,” Noel Cadastre, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, William Leonard Roberts II, Joshua Quinton Scruggs, Leon Thomas III & Ozan Yildirim, songwriters (Rick Ross feat. Drake)
“A Lot,” Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage feat. J. Cole)
“Racks In The Middle,” Ermias Asghedom, Dustin James Corbett, Greg Allen Davis, Chauncey Hollis, Jr. & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Nipsey Hussle feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
“Suge,” DaBaby, Jetsonmade & Pooh Beatz, songwriters (DaBaby)

Best Rap Album

Revenge of the Dreamers III, Dreamville
Championships, Meek Mill
I Am > I Was, 21 Savage
IGOR, Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

The Lion King: The Songs, Various Artists
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Various Artists
Rocketman, Taron Egerton
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Various Artists
A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Best Music Video

“We’ve Got to Try,” Ellie Fry, video director; Ninian Doff, video producer (The Chemical Brothers)
“This Land,” Savanah Leaf, video director; Jason Cole, Danielle Hinde & Alicia Martinez, video producers (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Cellophane,” Andrew Thomas Huang, video director; Alex Chamberlain, video producer (FKA Twigs)
“Old Town Road (Official Movie),” Calmatic, video director; Candice Dragonas, Melissa Larsen & Saul Levitz, video producers (Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus)
“Glad He’s Gone,” Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia, video directors; Nathan Schottenfels, video producer (Tove Lo)

For all categories, check out the Grammys’ list of nominations.

Photo Source: Fortune

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