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Grammy nominations 2022: Taylor vs. Kanye (again). Jon Batiste leads the pack. Olivia Rodrigo makes a big splash.

Jon Batiste received 11 nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards on Nov. 23. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. received eight nods each. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

The 2022 Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday, kicking off another round of debates over who is deserving, who was snubbed and whether awards even matter in the long run.

Before you ask: No, Adele’s acclaimed new album wasn’t eligible in any of this year’s 86 categories, as the January ceremony will honor music released from Sept. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. But plenty of other big names were announced as nominees, from Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift to, yes, Kanye West. Jon Batiste earned the most nominations with 11 total, while Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. came in close behind at eight nods each. Billie Eilish and first-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo each appear in seven categories.

The Recording Academy attracted a substantial amount of criticism last year after snubbed artist the Weeknd called out its practice of involving “secret committees” in the nominations process. Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. stressed during the live stream Tuesday that the opaque practice had been eliminated. For the first time in 30 years, he said, Grammy nominees were solely determined by the academy’s voting members.

Some of the results were expected, reflected by success on the charts. Rodrigo’s “Sour” was one of the buzziest albums this year, making her a front-runner in best new artist. The immensely popular BTS, which last year became the first K-pop group to earn a Grammy nomination, was likely to appear in a pop category again this time around.

But the Grammys are also known to be quite chaotic. Among the most notable takeaways is the Taylor vs. Kanye showdown going on in album of the year, just one of several nods West earned with “Donda.” That one, plus his best rap song nomination for “Jail,” means contributing writer Brian Hugh Warner — a.k.a. Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of rape by multiple women, allegations he has categorically denied — was recognized twice. (Update: On Nov. 23, the Recording Academy removed Manson from the best rap song category, reducing his nominations to one.) Comedian Louis C.K., who previously admitted to sexual misconduct, appears in best comedy album.

None of the men seem to be front-runners in their respective categories, but you never know with the Recording Academy. The 64th Grammy Awards, for which a host hasn’t yet been announced, will air Monday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

To view a complete list of the nominees, click here.

Album of the year

“We Are,” Jon Batiste

“Love for Sale,” Tony Bennett and 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

The academy expanded the field from eight to 10 nominees this year, additional space that allowed for a few surprises. West’s inclusion is undeniably the headline here, as the Grammys’ random love of H.E.R. has been documented in the past. Tony Bennett became the oldest artist to ever be nominated in a general category, and appears here in the company of several very young folks.

Record of the year

“I Still Have Faith in You,” Abba

“Freedom,” Jon Batiste

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon

“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile

“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. 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

Abba! Who doesn’t love Abba? This is the Swedish group’s first new record in 40 years, and somehow its first Grammy nomination ever. Ol’ Tony appears in yet another general category, alongside several others also nominated in the previous one (plus Brandi Carlile). Silk Sonic managed to slip in, probably riding on the star power of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak; Washington Post critic Chris Richards described the group’s recently released album as “31 minutes of make-believe fun, the duo forging a zesty and meaningless horniness out of borrowed memories.”

Song of the year

“Bad Habits,” Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran)

“A Beautiful Noise,” Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters (Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile)

“Drivers License,” Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)

“Fight for You,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell (Billie Eilish)

“Kiss Me More,” Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe and David Sprecher (Doja Cat feat. SZA)

“Leave the Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars (Silk Sonic)

“Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill and Roy Lenzo (Lil Nas X)

“Peaches,” Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman and Keavan Yazdani (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon)

“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth (Brandi Carlile)

This category, which could more accurately be renamed songwriters of the year, feels like a reshuffled version of the other two. The academy appears to really love what it loves, with a bonus nod for Ed Sheeran’s writing abilities.

Best new artist

Arooj Aftab

Jimmie Allen

Baby Keem


Glass Animals

Japanese Breakfast

The Kid Laroi

Arlo Parks

Olivia Rodrigo


It is worth clarifying, as always, that the academy does not recognize the literal definition of “new.” Instead, this category honors “an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.” (This is why, for instance, Japanese Breakfast and Glass Animals were each nominated for their third studio album.) But front-runner Rodrigo is new in every sense of the word.

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 pop solo performance

“Anyone,” Justin Bieber

“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Positions,” Ariana Grande

“Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo

Best pop duo/group performance

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

“Lonely,” Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco

“Butter,” BTS

“Higher Power,” Coldplay

“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat feat. SZA

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 and Earl Simmons (DMX feat. Jay-Z and Nas)

“Best Friend,” Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas and Rocco Valdes (Saweetie feat. Doja Cat)

“Family Ties,” Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour and Dominik Patrzek (Baby Keem feat. Kendrick Lamar)

“Jail,” Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West and Mark Williams (Kanye West feat. Jay-Z)

“My Life,” Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole (J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray)

Best melodic rap performance

“Pride Is the Devil,” J Cole feat. Lil Baby

“Need to Know,” Doja Cat

“Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow

“Wusyaname,” Tyler, the Creator feat. Youngboy Never Broke Again and Ty Dolla $ign

“Hurricane,” Kanye West feat. the Weekend and Lil Baby

Best rap performance

“Family Ties,” Baby Keem feat. Kendrick Lamar

“Up,” Cardi B

“My Life,” J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray

“Way 2 Sexy,” Drake feat. Future and Young Thug

“Thot S---,” Megan Thee Stallion

Best rock album

“Power Up,” AC/DC

“Capitol Cuts — Live From Capitol Studio A,” Black Pumas

“No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1,” Chris Cornell

“Medicine at Midnight,” Foo Fighters

“McCartney III,” Paul McCartney

Best rock song

“All My Favorite Songs,” Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Ilsey Juber (Weezer)

“The Bandit,” Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)

“Distance,” Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH)

“Find My Way,” Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney)

“Waiting on a War,” Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear (Foo Fighters)

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 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 song

“Damage,” Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick and Tiara Thomas (H.E.R.)

“Good Days,” Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe and Christopher Ruelas (SZA)

“Heartbreak Anniversary,” Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas and Varren Wade (Giveon)

“Leave the Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars (Silk Sonic)

“Pick Up Your Feelings,” Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes and Jazmine Sullivan (Jazmine Sullivan)

Best R&B performance

“Lost You,” Snoh Aalegra

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon

“Damage,” H.E.R.

“Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic

“Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan

Best alternative 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 country song

“Better Than We Found It,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz (Maren Morris)

“Camera Roll,” Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves and Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves)

“Cold,” Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon and Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

“Country Again,” Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley and Thomas Rhett (Thomas Rhett)

“Fancy Like,” Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens (Walker Hayes)

“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram and Parker Welling (Mickey Guyton)

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 and Carrie Underwood

“Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne

“Glad You Exist,” Dan + Shay

“Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris

““Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King and Miranda Lambert

Best country album

“Skeletons,” Brothers Osbourne

“Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton

“The Marfa Tapes,” Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram

“The Ballad of Dood and Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson

“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

Best music video

“Shot in the Dark,” AC/DC

“Freedom,” Jon Batiste

“I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

“Peaches,” Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon

“Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

“Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” Lil Nas X

“Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo


An earlier version of this article called the 64th Grammys the 46th and misspelled the name of "Peaches" co-writer Luis Manuel Martinez Jr. This version has been corrected.

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