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Jon Batiste leads 2022 Grammy nominations; Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish vie for big awards


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The band leader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Jon Batiste organized and led WE ARE, a peaceful protest music march through New York City. (June 6)

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Jon Batiste’s “Bigger Than Us” is an apt description of the musician’s Grammy recognition.

The jazz/R&B veteran, best known as the bandleader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” corralled a leading 11 nominations for the 64th annual ceremony, including first-time nods for record (“Freedom”) and album of the year (“We Are”). Batiste’s nominations spanned seven fields including the ultra-competitive general field, jazz, classical and music video/film.

Batiste is followed by Justin Bieber, H.E.R. and Doja Cat, all of whom scored eight nods.

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And Billie Eilish has seven more reasons to be happier than ever. The 19-year-old pop star (and seven-time Grammy winner) continued to dominate music’s biggest awards, earning nominations in top categories including album, song and record of the year for sophomore effort “Happier Than Ever,” released in late July, and its scorching title anthem.

Eilish ties pop newcomer Olivia Rodrigo with seven nominations each, the latter earning recognition in all four major categories: album (“Sour”), song and record of the year (“Driver’s License”) and best new artist.

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Taylor Swift, who won a historic third album of the year Grammy earlier this year for “Folklore,” returns to the category with its sister effort “Evermore.” Kanye West’s sprawling “Donda” is also up for album of the year, as is Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s second and last jazz album together, “Love for Sale.”

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Harvey Mason jr., president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said he was “pleasantly surprised” when he saw the list of nominees.

“It was really exciting seeing so much diversity, like seeing Jon (Batiste) in four different genres and seven fields,” Mason tells USA TODAY. “It seems it’s a big day for women nominees and artists of color, too.”

Lil Nas X, a two-time Grammy winner for his hit “Old Town Road” remix with Billy Ray Cyrus, is back in the running with “Montero,” which is up for album of the year, along with its controversy-courting title track, which is nominated for record of the year.

Jay-Z made history as the most nominated artist in history after his three nods bumped his total to 83 and surpassed Quincy Jones’ 80. Paul McCartney jumped into second all-time, earning two nods for a new total of 81. 

The Recording Academy made a concerted effort this year to amplify the variations of its membership. About 2,700 new music creators were invited to join, including an increased number of female, Black and Hispanic or Latino recruits. 

“We’re doing (these changes) with the goal of improving everything we’re doing at the Academy, which is thereby helping the music industry,” Mason says. “I think it’s heading in a great direction. (But) we all agree we have more work to do. We’re not resting, we’re not stopping.”

The Grammys will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Music eligible for this year’s nominations was released Sept. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021.

Grammy 2022 nominations: 

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

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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 Featuring 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

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Best pop solo performance

Best pop duo/group performance

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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 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 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 rap song

  • “Bath Salts” – Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones & Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX Featuring Jay-Z & Nas)
  • “Best Friend” – Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas & Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat)
  • “Family Ties” – Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour & Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Jail” – Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z)
  • “My Life” – Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray)

Best R&B album

  • “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” – Snoh Aalegra
  • “We Are” – Jon Batiste
  • “Gold-Diggers Sound” – Leon Bridges
  • “Back of my Mind” – H.E.R.
  • “Heaux Tales” – Jazmine Sullivan

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 R&B song

  • “Damage” – H.E.R.
  • “Good Days” – SZA
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon
  • “Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best country solo performance

  • “Forever After All” – Luke Combs
  • “Remember Her Name” – Mickey Guyton
  • “All I Do is Drive” – Jason Isbell
  • “Camera Roll” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton

Best country duo/group performance

  • “If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne
  • “Glad You Exist” – Dan + Shay
  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert

Best country album

Best country song

  • “Better Than We Found It” – Maren Morris
  • “Camera Roll” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “Cold” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Country Again” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes
  • “Remember Her Name” – Mickey Guyton

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

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Best rock album

  • “Power Up” – AC/DC
  • “Capitol Cuts Live from Studio A” – Black Pumas
  • “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1” – Chris Cornell
  • “Medicine At Midnight” – Foo Fighters
  • McCartney III” – Paul McCartney

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 rock performance

  • “Shot in the Dark” – AC/DC
  • “Know You Better (Live from Capitol Studio A)” – Black Pumas
  • “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Chris Cornell
  • “OHMS” – Deftones
  • “Making a Fire” – Foo Fighters

Best rock song

  • “All My Favorite Songs” – Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & Ilsey Juber, songwriters (Weezer)
  • “The Bandit” – Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
  • “Distance” – Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)
  • “Find My Way” – Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)
  • “Waiting on a War” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

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 song written for visual media

  • Agatha All Along” (From “Wandavision Ep. 7”) – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White)
  • “All Eyes on Me” (From “Inside”) – Bo Burnham, songwriter (Bo Burnham)
  • “All I Know So Far” (From “P!nk: All I Know So Far”) – Alecia Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (P!nk)
  • “Fight For You” (From “Judas and the Black Messiah”)- Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” (From “Respect”) – Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
  • “Speak Now” (From “One Night in Miami”) – Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom, Jr., songwriters (Leslie Odom, Jr.)

Best comedy album

  • “The Comedy Vaccine” – Lavell Crawford
  • “Evolution” – Chelsea Handler
  • “Sincerely Louis CK” – Louis C.K.
  • “Thanks for Risking Your Life” – Lewis Black
  • “The Greatest Average American” – Nate Bargatze
  • “Zero F—- Given” – Kevin Hart

Best musical theater album

  • “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella” – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nick Lloyd Webber & Greg Wells, producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Zippel, composers/lyricists (Original Album Cast)
  • “Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers” – Burt Bacharach, Michael Croiter, Ben Hartman & Steven Sater, producers; Burt Bacharach, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (World Premiere Cast)
  • “Girl from the North Country” – Simon Hale, Conor McPherson & Dean Sharenow, producers (Bob Dylan, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • “Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording)” – Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephen Metcalfe, producers (Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer; Alain Boublil, John Caird, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel & Trevor Nunn, lyricists) (The 2020 Les Misérables Staged Concert Company)
  • “Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots” – Daniel C. Levine, Michael J Moritz Jr, Bryan Perri & Stephen Schwartz, producers (Stephen Schwartz, composer & lyricist) (World Premiere Cast)
  • “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” – Emily Bear, producer; Abigail Barlow & Emily Bear, composers/lyricists (Barlow & Bear)

Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling)

  • “Aftermath” — LeVar Burton
  • “Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis” — Don Cheadle
  • “Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago” — J. Ivy
  • “8:46” — Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman
  • “A Promised Land” — Barack Obama

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

Contributing: Patrick Ryan, Melissa Ruggieri, Jennifer McClellan