One of the most exciting times in music for artists and fans alike is here: the 64th annual Grammy Awards! Nominations for the award show were released on Wed. the 24th and were met with equal parts approval and dismay.
Jon Batiste leads the pack with 11 total nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, H.E.R., and Doja Cat with 8 nominations each. Billie Eilish scored 7 nominations, including album, song, and record of the year for her critically acclaimed “Happier Than Ever.” Olivia Rodrigo also received 7 nominations for the same categories as Eilish, as well as Best New Artist. Jay Z has now made Grammy history by becoming the most nominated artist in history with 83 total nominations. He’s followed by Paul McCartney (81) and Quincy Jones (80).
Although many artists were shown love this year (especially after last-minute expansions allowed Taylor Swift and Kanye West to be included in the Album of the Year category), there are always those who seem to be glanced over. In response to this, Recording Academy CEO and President Harvey Mason Jr. says, “The thing that keeps me up at night is that we don’t get a chance to honor all of the amazing projects produced every year.” Some of the most appalling snubs this year include Miley Cyrus, Drake, Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, BTS, Machine Gun Kelly, and The Weeknd. Of course, The Weeknd has publicly criticized and boycotted the Grammys and other award shows for artists having to submit their work for consideration. However, a snub is still a snub in my opinion.
While many favorites were not recognized by the Grammys this year, fans were surprised and not happy to see two names among the nominations: Marilyn Manson and Louis C.K. Manson currently has numerous allegations and 3 lawsuits against him for sexual and emotional abuse, while Louis C.K. had 5 women accuse him of sexual harassment a few years ago at the height of the MeToo Movement. Many have expressed their outrage that sexual abusers and harassers are still being nominated and recognized for prestigious awards and critical acclaim. Harvey Mason Jr. told reporters that when choosing the nominees, “We won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration, we won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal history.” Manson is nominated for his work collaborating with Kanye on “Donda,” and Louis C.K. is nominated for Best Comedy Album.
Music eligible for the 2022 Grammys had to be released between Sept. 1st 2020 and Sept. 30th 2021. The show will air live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Jan. 31st at 8pm.