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First Look At 2022 GRAMMYs: The Nominations

First Look At 2022 GRAMMYs: The Nominations

The time has finally arrived for which we have been eagerly waiting! The 64th GRAMMY Awards nominees have been revealed by the Recording Academy. The 2022 GRAMMYs will be held on January 31, which means that now that we know all of the candidates, we can pick our favorite winners and officially get excited for the night! If you’re ready to pick your favorites, let’s take a look at everything we know so far about the GRAMMYs for next year, including the top nominees and some major categories!

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2022 GRAMMYs: Everything We Know So Far

The nominations were announced this year on the live stream from the GRAMMY Museum with the help of a number of special guests, including H.E.R., who won Song Of The Year last year, Billie Eilish, who is nominated in seven categories, FINNEAS, our favorite recent rock band Måneskin, BTS, who is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song ‘Butter,’ and others. As we can see from the nomination announcements, there are a few noteworthy changes for the 2022 GRAMMYs, the most significant one being the increase in the number of nominees in the General Field Categories. We now have ten nominees for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist at the 64th GRAMMY Awards, instead of eight.

The 2022 GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS Television Network and Paramount+ on January 31, 2022, and we’ll be watching with wide eyes! The issue is, how are we supposed to wait until January 31st?

The Stars of 2022 GRAMMYs

Now that the nominees have been released, we have a list of names who appear to be destined to dominate the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. To be honest, all of these musicians deserved this many nominations, and we’re excited to see how many awards they’ll take home on January 31.

Jon Batiste

With 11 nominations for his eighth studio album We Are and Jazz Selections: Music from and Inspired by Soul, which is the soundtrack of Disney and Pixar’s Soul, musician and television sensation Jon Batiste leads the “Most Nominated Artists” list. He is nominated in six fields, including American Roots Music, R&B, Classical, Jazz, Music For Visual Media, and Music Video/Film, in addition to two General Field Categories.


With eight nominations, H.E.R. shares the honor of most nominated female artist at the 2022 GRAMMYs with Doja Cat. Music critics praised her debut studio album, Back of My Mind, which was released in June of this year, and the eight nominations demonstrate that 2021 was a big year for H.E.R.

Doja Cat

We’re not surprised to see Doja Cat receive eight nominations for her album Planet Her, which got us in a chokehold the whole year. Even with her work on Lil Nas X’s Montero, she has received two nominations for Album Of The Year as a part of these eight nominations. 

Justin Bieber

For years, Justin has been feeding us with his successful records, and we haven’t complained. He is the most-streamed musician on Spotify, and he is the second most nominated male artist at the 2022 GRAMMYs, with eight nods, including his first for Best R&B Performance.  Well deserved! 

Billie Eilish

Another name we’ve been hoping for! We were delighted to learn that Billie has received seven nominations for 2022 GRAMMYs. She is one of the most successful female artists in 2021, as evidenced by her numerous nominations. Billie now has 18 GRAMMY nominations despite her young age, thanks to these eight additional nominations. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of them in the future!

Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo, last but certainly not least. She was nominated for the GRAMMYs for the first time, and she’s nominated in seven categories, including all General Field Categories. Only Olivia and FINNEAS (for his significant contributions to his sister Billie’s Happier Than Ever) have been nominated in all four General Fields. Olivia’s debut album Sour is without a doubt one of the biggest hits of 2021, and it shows!

General Field Categories 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

We’ll just stare at you if you ask us, “Who do you think will win Record Of The Year?” Believe in us, that is the question we’ve been trying to answer since the nominees were announced. The category is serving as a flawless summary of the GRAMMYs in 2022. With ‘I Still Have Faith in You,’ from their comeback album released this year, ABBA is nominated for the first time at the GRAMMYs. Jon Batiste, as the front-runner in the nominations, comes as no surprise in this category. The other two names we have to mention are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, because of their highly emotional album. The duo is up for a GRAMMY for their collaboration album Love For Sale, which also happens to be Tony’s final release. Aside from Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year, they were nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Music Video. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo, together with Jon Batiste greet us in this category firstly as the most nominated artists of 2022 GRAMMYs.

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

This one is also a tough one, with our top nominees topping the field once again. We’ve been staring at this list since it was released, but have no idea how it will turn out. After Record Of The Year, Lil Nas X waves again, and we’ll see them on another General Field Category, Song Of The Year, but they’re not done. They’ve also been nominated for Best Music Video and Best Melodic Rap Performance. On the other side, Taylor Swift is making history once again with this category. With six nominations, she is now officially the most nominated female artist in history, sharing the honor with Barbra Streisand. In addition to his other nominations for Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album, Kanye West is recognized in this category.

Song Of The Year
  • ‘Bad Habits’ – Ed Sheeran
  • ‘A Beautiful Noise’ – Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile
  • ‘Drivers License’ – Olivia Rodrigo
  • ‘Fight for You’ – H.E.R.
  • ‘Happier Than Ever’ – Billie Eilish
  • ‘Kiss Me More’ – Doja Cat featuring SZA
  • ‘Leave the Door Open’ – Silk Sonic
  • ‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’ – Lil Nas X
  • ‘Peaches’ – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
  • ‘Right on Time’ – Brandi Carlile

We have seen her name in Record Of The Year too,but Brandi Carlile reigns supreme in this category. She has been nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best American Roots Performance, in addition to the two tracks in this category, ‘A Beautiful Noise’ featuring Alicia Keys and Brandy Clark, and ‘Right On Time.’ We also welcomed the R&B duo Silk Sonic on the Record Of The Year category but the R&B duo gets three more nominations for Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song, all for their song ‘Leave the Door Open.’

See Also

Best New Artist
  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie

With their nomination to the Best New Artist category, Olivia and FINNEAS score four out of four nominations in General Field Categories and as you can all guess, this is a huge success and we are so proud of them! We are familiar with Pakistani artist Arooj Aftab from Barack Obama’s 2021 Summer Playlist with her song ‘Mohabbat.’ She is also a nominee for Best Global Music Performance with the same song. Despite the fact that she has three albums, the world has only just been aware of her skill, which we enthusiastically encourage! We are happy to see her on the Academy stage as the first Pakistani musician to be nominated for a GRAMMY. Jimmie Allen, a multi-platinum country performer, is up next. He’s already won the 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards’ New Artist Of The Year title, so it’s no surprise that he’s also nominated for a GRAMMY in this category. Baby Keem is most known for his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the song ‘family ties,’ which is also nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Glass Animals had been on our radar as The Honey POP for a while, and their nomination made us so pleased! We have to admit that with their popular song ‘Heat Waves,’ they deserved to be nominated for the 2022 GRAMMYs.

Japanese Breakfast aka Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner’s band is also nominated for Best New Artist along with Best Alternative Music Album with the third album, Jubilee. The Kid Laroi, who showed up in our lives with great success despite his young age has received another nomination for his contribution to Justin Bieber’s Justice in the Album of the Year category. With her album Collapsed in Sunbeams, Arlo Parks, another well–known name, joined the GRAMMYs gang as Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Last but not least, Saweetie receives another nomination for ‘Best Friend‘ featuring Doja Cat in the category of Best Rap Song, in addition to Best New Artist. We are so hyped for all these Best New Artist nominees of 2022 GRAMMYs and we are as much excited as they are! 

Now, shall we check the other major categories and the nominees?

Pop Category
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 & Lady Gaga
  • ‘Lonely’ –Justin Bieber & benny blanco
  • ‘Butter’ – BTS
  • ‘Higher Power’ – Coldplay
  • ‘Kiss Me More’ – Doja Cat Featuring SZA
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
  • ‘Love For Sale’ – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • ‘Til We Meet Again’ (Live) – Norah Jones
  • ‘A Tori Kelly Christmas’ – Tori Kelly
  • ‘Ledisi Sings Nina’ – Ledisi
  • ‘That’s Life’ – Willie Nelson
  • ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’ – Dolly Parton
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
Rock Category
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 Metal Performance
  • ‘Genesis’ – Deftones
  • ‘The Alien’ – Dream Theater
  • ‘Amazonia’ – Gojira
  • ‘Pushing The Tides’ – Mastodon
  • ‘The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)’ – Rob Zombie
Best Rock Song
  • ‘All My Favorite Songs’ – Weezer
  • ‘The Bandit’ – Kings Of Leon
  • ‘Distance’ – Mammoth WVH
  • ‘Find My Way’ – Paul McCartney 
  • ‘Waiting On A War’ – Foo Fighters
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
Alternative Category
Best Alternative Music Album
  • Shore – Fleet Foxes
  • If I Can’t Have Love, I Want PowerHalsey
  • Jubilee – Japanese Breakfast
  • Collapsed In Sunbeams – Arlo Parks
  • Daddy’s Home – St. Vincent
R&B Category
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 Traditional R&B Performance
  • ‘I Need You’ – Jon Batiste
  • ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ – BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton & Kenyon Dixon Featuring Charlie Bereal
  • ‘Born Again’ – Leon Bridges Featuring Robert Glasper
  • ‘Fight For You’ – H.E.R.
  • ‘How Much Can A Heart Take’ – Lucky Daye Featuring Yebba
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 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 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
Rap Category
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 Melodic Rap Performance
  • ‘P R I D E . I S . T H E . D E V I L’ – J. Cole Featuring Lil Baby
  • ‘Need To Know’ – Doja Cat
  • ‘Industry Baby’ – Lil Nas X Featuring Jack Harlow
  • ‘Wusyaname’ – Tyler, The Creator Featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign
  • ‘Hurricane’ – Kanye West Featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby
Best Rap Song
  • ‘Bath Salts’ – DMX Featuring Jay-Z & Nas
  • ‘Best Friend’ – Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat
  • ‘family ties’ – Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • ‘Jail’ – Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z
  •  ‘M Y . L I F E’ – J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray
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
Country Category
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 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 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
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Remember Her Name – Mickey Guyton
  • The Marfa Tapes – Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
  • The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita – Sturgill Simpson
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
Latin Category
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 Latin Rock or Alternative Album
  • Deja – Bomba Estéreo
  • Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition) – Diamante Eléctrico
  • Origen – Juanes
  • Calambre – Nathy Peluso
  • El Madrileño – C. Tangana
  • Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia – Zoé
American Roots Music Category
Best American Roots Performance
  • ‘Cry’ – Jon Batiste
  • ‘Love And Regret’ – Billy Strings
  • ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’ – The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Béla Fleck
  • ‘Same Devil’ – Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile
  • ‘Nightflyer’ – Allison Russell
Best American Roots Song
  • ‘Avalon’ – Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
  • ‘Call Me A Fool’ – Valerie June Featuring Carla Thomas
  • ‘Cry’ – Jon Batiste
  • ‘Diamond Studded Shoes’ – Yola 
  • ‘Nightflyer’ – Allison Russell
Best Americana Album
  • Downhill From Everywhere – Jackson Browne
  • Leftover Feelings – John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
  • Native Sons – Los Lobos
  • Outside Child – Allison Russell
  • Stand For Myself – Yola
Best Folk Album
  • One Night Lonely (Live) – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Long Violent History – Tyler Childers
  • Wednesday (Extended Edition) – Madison Cunningham
  • They’re Calling Me Home – Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
  • Blue Heron Suite – Sarah Jarosz
Reggae Category
Best Reggae Album
  • Pamoja – Etana
  • Positive Vibration – Gramps Morgan
  • Live N Livin – Sean Paul
  • Royal – Jesse Royal
  • Beauty In The Silence – Soja
  • 10 – Spice
Global Music Category
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
Music For Visual Media Category
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • Cruella – (Various Artists)
  • Dear Evan Hansen – (Various Artists)
  • In The Heights – (Various Artists)
  • One Night In Miami… – (Various Artists)
  • Respect – Jennifer Hudson
  • Schmigadoon! Episode 1 – (Various Artists)
  • The United States Vs. Billie Holiday – Andra Day
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
  • Bridgerton – Kris Bowers, composer
  • Dune – Hans Zimmer, composer
  • The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2 (Chapters 13-16) – Ludwig Göransson, composer
  • The Queen’s Gambit – Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
  • Soul – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Best Song Written For Visual Media
  • ‘Agatha All Along’ (From WandaVision: Episode 7) – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Featuring Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White
  • ‘All Eyes On Me’ (From Inside) – Bo Burnham
  • ‘All I Know So Far’ (From P!NK: All I Know So Far) – P!nk
  • ‘Fight For You’ (From Judas And The Black Messiah) – H.E.R.
  • ‘Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)’ (From Respect) – Jennifer Hudson
  • ‘Speak Now’ (From One Night In Miami…) – Leslie Odom, Jr.
Production Category
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
  • Jack Antonoff 
  • Rogét Chahayed
  • Mike Elizondo
  • Hit-Boy
  • Ricky Reed
Best Immersive Audio Album
  • Alicia – Alicia Keys 
  • Clique – Patricia Barber
  • Fine LineHarry Styles
  • The Future Bites – Steven Wilson
  • Stille Grender – Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & Det Norske Jentekor
Music Video / Film Category
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 &Spike Lee 
  • Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles – Billie Eilish & Patrick Osborne
  • Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui – Jimi Hendrix & John McDermott
  • Summer Of Soul – (Various Artists) & Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

As the Honey POP, we congratulate all the nominees! You can check all the categories and nominees of 2022 GRAMMYs here.

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Just like we do every year in THP HQ, we will be watching 2022 GRAMMYs once again on January 31 this year with great excitement. What about you? What do you think about the nominees? Have you picked the winners of your hearts yet? Tell us in our comments, and over on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram! Don’t forget to join our Discord server, The Hive, where you can chat with us about all the nominations!

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