64th Annual GRAMMY nominees unveiled

Several top categories expand from eight to ten nominees

The Recording Academy has revealed nominees for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards and announced that, for the first time, there will be 10 nominees in each of the General Field Categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. This year’s top nominees include Jon Batiste with 11, Justin Bieber with eight, Doja Cat with eight; H.E.R. with eight, Billie Eilish with seven, and Olivia Rodrigo with seven. As the only peer-selected music accolade, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by the Recording Academy’s voting membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

“This is an exciting day for music,” states Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “These nominations beautifully reflect today’s broad and diverse musical landscape. I congratulate all of the nominees and everyone who submitted work. I’m also so proud of our voters. They voted in record numbers and brought their very best to evaluating the work of their peers, and I thank them on behalf of the entire music community.”

This year’s nominees were voted on by Recording Academy voting members from nearly 22,000 eligible entries and reflect the wide range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music (Sept 1, 2020-Sept 30, 2021). The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec 6, 2021-Jan 5, 2022. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Monday, January 31, 2022, on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT.

Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 pm PT and will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards’ 26 Fields and 86 Categories.

Record Of The Year
  • “I Still Have Faith In You” — ABBA
  • “Freedom” — Jon Batiste
  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • “Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • “Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile
  • “Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat Featuring SZA
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
  • “Montero” (Call Me By Your Name) — Lil Nas X
  • “drivers license” — Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic
Album Of The Year:
  • We Are — Jon Batiste
  • Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
  • Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Back Of My Mind — H.E.R.
  • Montero — Lil Nas X
  • Sour — Olivia Rodrigo
  • Evermore — Taylor Swift
  • Donda — Kanye West
Song Of The Year
  • “Bad Habits” — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
  • “A Beautiful Noise” — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile)
  • “drivers license” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Fight For You” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “Kiss Me More” — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)
  • “Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • “Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
Best New Artist
  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber
  • Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Positions — Ariana Grande
  • Sour — Olivia Rodrigo
Best Dance/Electronic Recording
  • “Hero” — Afrojack & David Guetta
  • “Loom” — Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo
  • “Before” — James Blake
  • “Heartbreak” — Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  • “You Can Do It” — Caribou
  • “Alive” — Rüfüs Du Sol
  • “The Business” — Tiësto
Best Alternative Music Album
  • Shore — Fleet Foxes
  • If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power — Halsey
  • Jubilee — Japanese Breakfast
  • Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks
  • Daddy’s Home — St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance
  • “Lost You” — Snoh Aalegra
  • “Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • “Damage” — H.E.R.
  • “Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” — Jazmine Sullivan
Best Progressive R&B Album
  • New Light — Eric Bellinger
  • Something To Say — Cory Henry
  • Mood Valiant — Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Table For Two — Lucky Daye
  • Dinner Party: Dessert — Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington
  • Studying Abroad: Extended Stay — Masego
Best Rap Performance
  • “Family Ties” — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Up” — Cardi B
  • “m y . l i f e” — J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray
  • “Way 2 Sexy” — Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug
  • “Thot S***” — Megan Thee Stallion
Best Rap Album
  • The Off-Season — J. Cole
  • Certified Lover Boy — Drake
  • King’s Disease II — Nas
  • Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator
  • Donda — Kanye West
Best Country Song
  • “Better Than We Found It” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
  • “camera roll” — Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • “Cold” — Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
  • “Country Again” — Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
  • “Fancy Like” — Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins & Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes)
  • “Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram &Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)
Best Gospel Album
  • Changing Your Story — Jekalyn Carr
  • Royalty: Live At The Ryman — Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition — Maverick City Music
  • Jonny x Mali: Live In LA — Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music
  • Believe For It — CeCe Winans
Best Latin Pop Album
  • Vértigo — Pablo Alborán
  • Mis Amores — Paula Arenas
  • Hecho A La Antigua — Ricardo Arjona
  • Mis Manos — Camilo
  • Mendó — Alex Cuba
  • Revelación — Selena Gomez
Best Música Urbana Album
  • Afrodisíaco — Rauw Alejandro
  • El Último Tour Del Mundo — Bad Bunny
  • Jose — J Balvin
  • KG0516 — KAROL G
  • Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8 — Kali Uchis
Best Global Music Performance
  • “Mohabbat” — Arooj Aftab
  • “Do Yourself” — Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy
  • “Pà Pá Pà” — Femi Kuti
  • “Blewu” — Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo
  • “Essence” — WizKid Featuring Tems
Best Music Video
  • “Shot In The Dark” — AC/DC
  • “Freedom” — Jon Batiste
  • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • “Peaches” — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • “Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Lil Nas X
  • “Good 4 U” — Olivia Rodrigo
Best Music Film:
  • Inside — Bo Burnham
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia — David Byrne
  • Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles — Billie Eilish
  • Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui — Jimi Hendrix
  • Summer Of Soul — Various Artists

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