The Grammy nominations landed on Tuesday and along with them, another chance to argue about the Grammys. What purpose do they serve? Have they ever gotten anything right? How did Noah Cyrus, an artist who’s been releasing singles since 2016, snag a “Best New Artist” nomination?
But things seems fairly appropriate. Beyoncé snagged nine nominations, the most of any artist this year. This keeps her “Most Nominated Female Artist” streak alive and makes her the second-most nominated artist of all time with 79 Grammy nominations. Her husband Jay-Z ties Quincy Jones for the most nominated artist in Grammy history, with 80 a pop.
This year, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch followed Beyoncé’s lead with six noms a piece. Newcomers like Megan Thee Stallion, BTS and Doja Cat were nominated for the first time and Pop Smoke, who passed away in February, also received his first nomination. If you have any Weeknd fans in your life, keep them in your prayers today. Although The Weeknd had the biggest chart hit of the year with “Blinding Lights,” he did not get a single nomination. That’s the Grammys for you.
As totally expected but still a little hard to believe, Kanye West’s Jesus Is King was nominated for best Contemporary Christian Music album, where it’ll face off against the likes of Tauren Wells, Cody Carnes, We the Kingdom and Hillsong Young & Free. Carnes and his wife Kari Jobe’s “The Blessing” was nominated for best Contemporary Christian Music performance along with Lecrae’s “Sunday Morning,” Wells’ “Famous For (I Believe)” and Zach Williams and Dolly Partons’ “There Was Jesus.” Surprisingly enough, Kanye was shutout in the Best CCM performance category.
Fun fact: this year’s list for Best Rock Performance was entirely dominated by women; that, as you might guess, is a first. Big Thief’s “Not,” Phoebe Bridgers’ “Kyoto,” Fiona Apple’s “Shameika,” Haim’s “Steps,” Brittany Howard’s “Stay High” and Grace Potter’s “Daylight” were this year’s nominees.
See the whole list of nominees here.