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Grammys 2022: Jon Batiste, Justin Bieber, H.E.R., Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo are top nominees

George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Rodrigo is nominated for Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as for Best New Artist, a category that will see her compete against nine other performers. The other Best New Artist contenders include Pakistani-born Arooj Aftab and 28-year-old rapper Saweetie (born Diamonte Quiava Valentin Harper).

Rodrigo, Batiste, Doja Cat, Eilish and Bieber are all nominated for Album of the Year and Record of the Year honors, as is proudly gay rapper and pop culture provocateur Lil Nas X.

But the wins in both these high-profile categories could go to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for “Love for Sale,” their reverent salute to classic jazz songs. If so, the 95-year-old Bennett would become the oldest Grammy winner ever in a major category. (Piano stalwart Pinetop Perkins, now deceased, was 97 when he won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2011.)

Bennett’s family disclosed in February that the fabled crooner and 18-time Grammy-recipient has Alzheimer’s disease. A win by him and Gaga would provide a sentimental and decidedly old-school tone to the awards show, which — in an effort to draw a younger viewing audience — has made a pointed turn toward honoring newer artists.

The winners of the most high-profile Grammy categories will be announced during a CBS telecast on Jan 31. It will be preceded earlier that day by the livestream-only Grammy Premier Event, at which a majority of the awards in 84 categories will be presented.

Batiste, 35, H.E.R., 24, and top K-pop group BTS were among the artists who announced the nominees Tuesday morning during a livestreamed event from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The museum is located barely a block from the Staples Center, which — under its pending new name, Crypto.com Arena — will host the Grammy Awards.

 

Nominees were also announced by Mason Jr., the academy’s new CEO, and Tammy Hurt, chair of the academy’s board of trustees. The eligibility period for nominations for the latest edition of the Grammys is Sept. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021. A total of 21,730 entries were submitted for consideration by the academy, whose voting members are all music-industry professionals.

The move to expand the number of nominees from eight to 10 in the top four Grammy categories follows several years of growing criticism of the academy from hip-hop artists, including Kanye West and Jay-Z, women artists, and artists of color about a lack of inclusion and transparency.

Similar complaints have been voiced about the makeup of the membership of the academy’s 11,000-plus voting members. And serious questions were raised about the nominating process itself, which relied on anonymous expert nomination review committees to determine which artists made the ballot in 61 of the 84 Grammy categories.

When top-selling pop star The Weeknd failed to garner any nominations for this year’s edition of the awards, he publicly criticized the academy.

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