Grammy nominees list reportedly expanded after last-minute meeting – Billboard

The Record Academy’s surprise decision to expand the number of nominees in four major Grammy categories was made just a day before the nominations were announced this week, paving the way for key showings from Taylor Swift, Kanye West, according to a report. and more.

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AN New York Times Already nominated in other categories, West and Swift are late additions to the lineup for album of the year, according to the report released Wednesday, with the rapper’s Donda album and the singer’s Evermore among the albums list. by Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, HER, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Jon Batiste.

The Times also reported that Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” were added to the list, which already featured songs by Olivia Rodrigo. , Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic and Brandi Carlile.

For the songwriters’ song of the year, the last-minute additions brought in Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time.” The late extension of the best new artist added the rapper Baby Keem and the composer Arooj Aftab.

The Times reports that it was possible to see which artists had been added at the last minute, as those names were not on the “final nomination list” of eight names in those categories, a list the paper said had been made several days earlier and that it had obtained.

While the nominations for the 2022 Grammys were revealed on Tuesday, the Recording Academy also announced it was expanding its list of nominees in four general field categories, billing the move as a way to “make room for more music, more artists, and more.” genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusion.”

A letter to members was also made public that same day.

The Hollywood Reporter has contacted the Recording Academy for comment.

The Times report comes at a time when the Recording Academy, already reeling from a series of executive management controversies, is trying to inject transparency into its process after repeated criticism from leading artists.

Last year, Canadian singer The Weeknd told The Weeknd he would boycott the awards after his album After Hours failed to win a single nomination despite its huge commercial, critical and chart success. After the shocking rejection, The Weeknd, a hugely influential recording artist, declared the Grammys “corrupt.”

In an interview with the Times, Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. spoke about the last-minute expansion and said they’ve been in the works for years, with release this year after witnessing the Latin Grammys Pushing Their Nominee List to 12.

Mason Jr. also denied that the addition of Swift and West was for commercial reasons or to undermine ratings.

The 2022 Grammy Awards will take place on January 31.

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