Taylor Swift, Kanye West, among last-minute additions for top Grammy Awards nominations


Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and ABBA’s ‘I Still Have Faith in You’ were added to the record of the year; Swift’s ‘Evermore’ and West’s ‘Donda’ were additional candidates for Album of the Year.

New Delhi: For the benefit of artists Kanye West, Taylor Swift, ABBA and Lil Nas X, a report suggests that the Recording Academy decided to expand the number of Grammy nominees just 24 hours before the list was announced.

According to Variety, the move, which increased the list of nominees from eight nominees to 10 in the top four general categories, was positioned as a natural progression by CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “We saw this as an incredible opportunity to honor more artists and shine a light on more great music, and potentially a huge opportunity to honor more styles of music,” he said.

As for the suddenness of the move, “it’s something we’ve talked about for a long time, but it’s only recently ended,” he said, “we looked at the turnout and the number of submissions. [for the 2022 Grammys] And saw it as a great opportunity.”

Advance lists of candidates, which are traditionally given to the media 24 hours before the announcement, came much later than usual on Monday. Sources tell Variety that the reason for the delay was the expansion of the top list.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and ABBA’s ‘I Still Have Faith in You’ were added to the record of the year; Swift’s ‘Evermore’ and West’s ‘Donda’ were additional candidates for Album of the Year.

Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlyle’s “Right On Time” were finalized for Song of the Year (Carlyle’s second nomination in the category); And Baby Keem and Aroz Aftab were added to the Best New Artist field as per the report.

The news outlet in which the report was published was able to find out which artists benefited from the shift from eight to 10 by comparing the final list with the list created before Monday’s ruling, a version that “records The Academy was announced on Tuesday ahead of the nominations.” According to Variety, the outlet said it had received a copy of the previous listing.

Mason told the outlet that the artists added to the list were the ninth and tenth most voted by Academy members. When asked whether ratings for the multimillion-dollar Grammy telecast was a consideration for the Swift-West addition, he replied, “Not a thousand percent. It was not a consideration.”

“While this may sound hasty, it was actually a thoughtful, well-thought-out process that was also data-driven,” said Academy co-chair Waleesha Butterfield Jones.

Other questions about the final nominations were being raised this week by recording artist Linda Chorney, who said she linked to news stories this week for Google Alerts that showed she won Best for her song ‘Bore’. American was nominated for an original performance. Yet when the official list was disseminated, Chorney’s song was not among the nominees, and a song by Rhiannon Giddens occupied what appeared to be hers.

Chorny says he wrote to some journalists who published a story claiming the nomination for him and heard one apologizing that the information was cut-pasted from the wrong source, but did not receive a response. Is. was the source.

With no explanation as to why false news accounts may have credited him with a nod, Chorni believes he earned the nomination and that it was somehow axed.

Chorney has taken to the Grammys about the change in the voting process in the years since it came out in the Best Americana Album category in 2012, which she believes made self-released artists like her to reap the rewards. had gone.

The outlet’s news about the details of the last-minute detail of the top nominations sets an odd tone for the next Grammy Awards, an institution that has been grappling with a series of inexplicable controversies over the past five years.

Last year, The Weeknd was left out of all nominations, despite having one of the most successful albums and singles of the year along with “After Hours” and “Blinding Lights”.

Mason’s predecessor Deborah Dugan was sacked because she alleged a conflict of interest and covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and even rape. Earlier this year, the Academy abolished its “secret” nomination review committees that had curated final nominee lists for most categories, but it was only after years of complaints about insider dealing that The weekend had ended with a snub. the list goes on.

According to Variety, Mason promised a new era of transparency, yet the controversy continues.


First published:November 25, 2021, 6 pm

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