Blurred Genre Lines and Retirement Revolution
With new rules in place this year and a promise to restore trust among its members, the Recording Academy released its nominations Tuesday for the 64th Grammy Awards. Here are some facts about this year’s nominees:
Pop music certainly tends to cater to younger teens, but this year’s category record nominees range from 95 to 18, with names that multi-generational families will know. Tony Bennett, the eldest of the group and packs 18 Grammy Awards under his belt, was nominated with Lady Gaga for their version of “I Get a Kick Out of You.” But ABBA Swedish pop icons aren’t resting on their laurels either. The Scandinavian Seventy Four qualifies for their first-ever Grammy Award nomination for their comeback song “I Still Believe in You”. Perhaps the grandparents and grandchildren will have something to associate with this year’s Grammy Awards.
Country star Morgan Wallen’s trade highs came at the same time he saw his own personal lows. Wallen was caught on camera using racial slur earlier this year, but despite this, his album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” was one of the best-selling albums of the year, spending 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Wallen has been disqualified or restricted from several music award shows this year and the Recording Academy has not offered him any nominations this year.
This year’s record of the year and song categories also ruled out some of the major singles that dominated both social media and the charts. Kali Uchis found an audience for her mixtape song “Telepatía” on TikTok, while Cardi B extended her reign with her debut single, “Up,” which was only nominated for Best Rap Performance. Even more surprising is BTS’s “Butter”, a summer song from the Korean group, but their only Grammy nod this year came in the category of Best Pop Dop/Collective Performance.
SILK SONIC SURPRISE
New duo Silk Sonic appeared on TV at the last Grammy Awards show and are now back as nominees, although they released a small number of songs in the eligibility period. Of course, when it’s 11 Grammy Award-winning and four-Grammy-winning duo Anderson, special attention should be paid. The duo earned four nominations including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Comedian Louis CK was nominated for Best Comedy Album for “Sincerely Louis CK,” a comeback after allegations of sexual misconduct against him by several women were admitted in 2017. The album came from a movie CK released on his website last year.
Dave Chappelle was also nominated this year for Best Spoken Word for “8:46,” a special he released last year after the murder of George Floyd. The nomination comes as the comedian deals with backlash from his latest Netflix special and its reruns – transgender statements.
While this year’s Recording Academy’s new rules mean anonymous selection committees are abandoned, some artists still find themselves in categories they didn’t want to join. Six-time Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlyle was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for her song “Right On Time”, which also received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. But Carlisle posted on social media last month that she was disappointed with the Academy’s decision to move the song into the pop category, rather than the American roots that were initially introduced.
Rapper Bob Smoke, who was murdered in 2020, received another Grammy nomination posthumously, this time as contributor to Kanye West’s song Donda, which was nominated for Album of the Year. DMX earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Song for the song “Bath Salts,” which featured Jay-Z and Nas, which was posthumously released earlier this year. Pianist Chick Corea has four nominations this year in jazz, Latin jazz and classical jazz and Correa died earlier this year of cancer.
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