24 November 2020 20:33
Fans of artists including BTS, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles will be pleased after the nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards were revealed. Chair and interim Recording Academy president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr was joined by stars including Dua Lipa and Sharon Osbourne to read out the nominees. Swift, once a guaranteed presence at the Grammys, dealt with snubs for her albums Reputation and Lover. However, Folklore, her most critically acclaimed album in years, received a nod of Album of the Year – the biggest prize of the night – as well as Song of the Year nomination for her single, "Cardigan". Representing the Brits, Dua Lipa and Harry Styles received nominations, including an Album of the Year nod for Dua Lipa's second album, Future Nostalgia.
This includes nominations for Song and Record of the Year. The Weeknd was widely expected to be nominated in three of the biggest categories – Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year – after releasing his hit album After Hours earlier this year. However, he failed to receive a nomination in any of those groups, despite the album and his single "Blinding Lights" being among the biggest releases of 2020. After once being a guaranteed presence on the nominations list at the Grammys, Swift was snubbed in the major categories for her albums Reputation and Lover. However, Folklore, widely regarded as one of her greatest works to date, managed to scoop a nomination for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while her single "Cardigan" got a nod for both Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Solo Performance.
While Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa were expected and welcome additions to the Album of the Year 2021 group, there are a lot of raised eyebrows about other inclusions, such as the "deluxe" edition of Black Puma's debut album – a year after the original's release and barely 10 months after they were nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 awards… with the same album. Irish band Fontaines DC received a nod for Best Rock Album, as did London-born artist Michael Kiwanuka, while three out of eight artists in the Album of the Year category are British: Coldplay, Dua Lipa and Jacob Collier. Laura Marling received a nomination for Best Folk Album. Beyoncé has topped the nominees for the 2021 Grammy awards, heading up a year that celebrated female artistry right across pop genres – but there were stark snubs of the Weeknd and Bob Dylan. Beyoncé earned two nominations in the record of the year category, for her solo track Black Parade and her remix of Megan Thee Stallion's Savage, and received seven more across a further seven categories, demonstrating her versatility across R&B, rap and film-making.
Taylor Swift received six nominations, mostly for her album Folklore, including song and album of the year. British successes include pop star Dua Lipa, who earned nominations in the three top categories of album, record and song of the year. Coldplay earned a nomination for album of the year, for Everyday Life, as did esoteric British pop producer-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, who scored three nominations overall. Harry Styles, received three nominations, though not in top categories, while UK dance duo Disclosure earned two. Rapper Post Malone appeared in the three top categories, while soul band Black Pumas, who appeared in the best new artist field last year, step up further with nominations in the record and album of the year categories. Another rapper, Roddy Ricch, received six nominations across various categories for two songs: the atmospheric solo hit The Box, and Rockstar, his collaboration with lead artist DaBaby, who received four nominations of his own. Brittany Howard received five nominations for her debut solo album Jaime, following a successful number of years with her band Alabama Shakes – she adds to the four wins from 11 nominations she has had previously, both solo and with her band. Billie Eilish, who dominated the 2020 awards with material from her debut album, received another four nominations this year, for her spellbinding ballad Everything I Wanted and her James Bond theme No Time To Die. Justin Bieber also earned four, across pop and country categories. For the first time since its inception in 2012, the nominees for best rock performance were all female or female-fronted: Fiona Apple, Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Haim, Brittany Howard and Grace Potter. Bridgers received four nominations, including in the best new artist category, while Apple and Big Thief received three each. Potter earned two, and Haim only one more, though it is in the top category of album of the year. Women also dominated the best country album category. It is the first time it has had five albums helmed in whole or in part by women: Little Big Town, Ingrid Andress, Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde. Six out of eight of the best new artist nominees are also women, including the charismatic yet divisive pop singer Doja Cat, who picked up three nominations overall. R&B singer Jhené Aiko also scored three nominations, including for album of the year. Snubbed artists include the Weeknd, who dominated charts on both sides of the Atlantic all year with his hit Blinding Lights and album After Hours, but who received no nominations at all. K-pop band BTS, the world's biggest pop group, only received one nomination, for Dynamite, their first fully English-language single. Acclaimed work by American artists including Teyana Taylor, Run the Jewels, Halsey, Summer Walker, Pearl Jam and more was overlooked – with the caveat that not all artists are necessarily submitted for Grammy consideration – as were artists from South America and Africa, who failed to break into the top categories despite strong releases from artists including Bad Bunny and Burna Boy. Posthumous nominees include John Prine, the folk and country artist who died of Covid-19 in April, and Riley Gale of thrash metal band Power Trip, who died aged 34 in August, though there were no nominations for late rappers Mac Miller and Juice Wrld. Pop Smoke, the New York rapper who was killed in a home invasion in February but who has had huge posthumous success, only received one nomination. Grammy 2020 nominations: the biggest categories DaBaby – Rockstar (feat Roddy Ricch) Taylor Swift – Exile (feat Bon Iver) Best alternative music album Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (remix feat Beyoncé) Best rap album Best country album Best Latin pop or urban album Best global music album Best New Artist Best Pop Solo Performance Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Best Pop Vocal Album Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Best Remixed Recording Best Engineered Album, Classical Best Rock Song Best Rock Album Best Alternative Album (CNN) Nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday, with Beyoncé leading among the nominees with nine. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich followed Queen Bey with six nominations each. "Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event," Noah said in a statement. "I think as a one-time Grammy-nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award!