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Updated on June 27, 2022 1:18 am

19 information concerning the 2022 Grammy Awards

By Mark Savage
BBC Music Correspondent

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Billie Eilish may add to her already spectacular haul of Grammy trophies

The Grammy Awards are upon us as soon as once more, after a three-month delay as a result of surge of Covid instances within the US.

The star-studded ceremony is historically billed as “music’s greatest evening” – which covers each the dimensions of the occasion and its mind-numbing size.

The primary awards will likely be handed out in Las Vegas at 12:30 on Sunday, a thrombosis-inducing eight hours earlier than the album of the yr prize is introduced at 20:30 native time (04:30 within the UK).

There are 70 classes in complete, with everybody from Girl Gaga to Barack Obama on the nominations checklist.

In contrast to final yr’s smaller occasion, which featured a combination of dwell and pre-recorded performances, the 2022 ceremony will likely be a extra regular present – with Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Carrie Underwood, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo all taking to the stage on the MGM Grand Enviornment.

Comic Trevor Noah will host for the second time.

Right here 19 information concerning the ceremony to get your prepared…

1) Voters needed to hearken to A LOT of music

Virtually 22,000 songs and albums had been submitted for consideration this yr, leading to shortlists for the primary classes being expanded from eight to 10 nominees for the primary time.

“We’re dwelling in a time of extraordinary progress in music,” defined Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. “Over 60,000 songs a day are being launched. With a lot extra music accessible. There’s much more excellence to recognise and have fun.”

2) Olivia Rodrigo is the one to beat

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Disney actress turned pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo is nominated in the entire prime 4 classes – and he or she has an honest shot at a clear sweep.

The 19-year-old is virtually a lock-in for finest new artist; and her stylish break-up ballad Drivers License is a powerful contender for track of the yr (which recognises the music and lyrics) and file of the yr (which rewards the manufacturing, performances and engineering).

The one class the place she would possibly encounter bother is album of the yr; the place her good and peppy debut album Bitter is up in opposition to extra advanced, musically-intricate works by Jon Batiste, Kanye West and H.E.R.

If Rodrigo takes residence all 4 prizes, she’ll be solely the third artist in historical past to do it, after Christopher Cross and Billie Eilish.

3) A track from 1934 is up for file of the yr

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Sure, you learn that proper. Cole Porter’s I Get A Kick Out Of You is likely one of the 10 songs within the working for file of the yr, because of a brand new cowl model by Girl Gaga and Tony Bennett.

It is a part of a hallowed Grammy custom of recognising the outdated guard – no matter whether or not their newest launch helped outline the yr in music.

In Bennett’s case, it is a becoming tribute to a profession that has spanned eight a long time in golf equipment and live performance venues. The star introduced his retirement final yr on the age of 95, after being recognized with Alzheimer’s.

4) There will be tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Taylor Hawkins

What Would We Do With out You? Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim will likely be remembered in track throughout Sunday’s ceremony, with performances that includes Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and West Facet Story star Rachel Zegler.

There are additionally plans to honour Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on the present – every week after his premature dying on the age of fifty.

“We are going to honour his reminiscence indirectly,” CBS government vice chairman of music Jack Sussman informed Selection journal. “We need to work out what’s the proper factor to try this is respectful to everybody concerned. We’re affected person. We’ll be planning proper up till the very finish.”

5) Jon who?

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Jazz pianist Jon Batiste has extra nominations than anybody else – 11 in complete, recognising each his boundary-bending solo album We Are and the soundtrack to the Pixar movie, Soul.

A member of a New Orleans musical dynasty, he is maybe finest referred to as the band chief on Stephen Colbert’s US chat present.

However he is been broadly praised for his debut album, which celebrates a long time of black American music, whereas acknowledging the particular struggles black individuals face.

By the way in which, solely two artists have ever exceeded that tally of 11 nominations – Michael Jackson in 1984 and Babyface in 1997.

6) Dua Lipa took herself out of the working

Dua’s monster hit Levitating was the biggest-selling track of 2021 within the US; and had spent a record-breaking 70 weeks on the Billboard chart. Nevertheless it’s fully absent from the Grammy nominations.

Selection journal confirmed that the track wasn’t submitted for consideration, apparently to keep away from giving recognition to featured rapper DaBaby after he made numerous homophobic feedback final yr.

7) Drake remains to be boycotting the present

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Drake has gained a complete of 4 Grammy Awards

Drake’s newest opus, Licensed Lover Boy, had been nominated for rap album, and the only Means 2 Attractive, that includes Future and Younger Thug, was up for rap efficiency. However he requested for the nominations to be withdrawn earlier than the voting interval closed, and the Academy honoured his request.

He is a long-time critic of the ceremony – even when he wins. “We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he mentioned whereas choosing up an award for God’s Plan in 2019. “You already gained when you have individuals singing your songs phrase for phrase, in the event that they’re singing in your hometown. You are already successful, you do not want this proper right here.”

Additionally absent is The Weeknd, who’s refusing to take part within the Grammys after being snubbed final yr.

Ariana Grande and Doja Cat additionally declined to submit their duets with the star for awards, in an obvious present of solidarity. However Kanye West did not get the memo: His single Hurricane, which options The Weeknd and Lil Child, made it onto the very best melodic rap track shortlist.

8) Kanye West has been requested to not carry out

When the Grammy nominations had been introduced final yr, Kanye West picked up 5 nods, together with album of the yr for his eclectic, scattershot tenth album Donda.

It regarded just like the dawning of a brand new period. West had lengthy been a critic of the ceremony’s under-representation of black artists and, in 2020, filmed himself urinating on one among his 22 Grammy awards.

However two weeks earlier than the present, organisers informed the star his deliberate efficiency couldn’t go forward on account of his “regarding on-line behaviour”, Selection journal reported.

That seems to have included the discharge of an animated music video that portrayed the kidnapping and burial of a determine who resembles Pete Davidson – the US comic who’s courting West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian; and an Instagram put up that used a racial slur to explain Grammys host Trevor Noah.

On the time of writing, nevertheless, West remains to be invited to the ceremony. Censors will likely be hovering nervously over the mute button if he will get to make a speech.

9) The Academy nonetheless is not totally on board with BTS

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Regardless of having the biggest-selling track on this planet final yr – the Michael Jackson-indebted summer time anthem Butter – South Korean pop band BTS are solely nominated for one award: Greatest pop duo/group efficiency.

Final yr, they misplaced that class to Girl Gaga and Ariana Grande and their duet Rain On Me. Gaga may show to be their downfall once more in 2022, along with her Tony Bennett collaboration additionally shortlisted for the prize.

The BTS Military had hoped to console themselves with a efficiency by the boyband – however even that appears in jeopardy, after members Jungkook and J-Hope examined optimistic for Covid-19.

10) Adele was too late to get an invitation

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After sweeping the board on the Brits two months in the past, Adele is totally absent from the Grammy shortlists – and for a quite simple purpose. The star’s comeback single, Simple On Me, and her blockbuster fourth album 30 had been each launched after the deadline of 30 September, 2021.

Different albums that missed the deadline included Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals), Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s An Night With Silk Sonic and Taylor Swift’s Purple (Taylor’s Model). Anticipate them to make an look subsequent yr as a substitute.

11) Nation music had a nasty yr

There are 40 nominations accessible throughout the Grammys’ 4 most important classes, however solely a type of spots went to a rustic act: Jimmie Allen.

Voters turned their backs on established stars together with Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Maren Morris and Sturgill Simpson, who all launched well-received, commercially-successful albums in 2021.

In the meantime Morgan Wallen – who had the best-selling nation album of the yr – was locked out after being captured on video drunkenly utilizing racist language in the beginning of 2021.

12) Kanye West might need to share a Grammy with 160 different individuals

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If Kanye West wins album of the yr for Donda, the stage goes to get very, very crowded.

Within the nominations checklist, his file is attributed to greater than 160 individuals – a mirrored image of what number of albums at the moment are assembled utilizing songwriting camps, visitor verses, beat-swapping, a number of producers, remixes and evolving iterations of the identical track.

In earlier years, solely individuals who had contributed 33% of an album’s enjoying time may advantage a nomination; however that rule was scrapped for 2022.

By means of distinction: There are solely 5 individuals on the credit for Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever.

13) Abba show it is by no means too late to get a Grammy nomination

A brisk 50 years after their debut single, Abba have picked up their first Grammy nomination – file of the yr – for his or her single I Nonetheless Have Religion In You.

It appears unlikely to win – if voters had been genuinely inclined to solid a poll for Abba, they’d even have been nominated within the pop style classes – however the nomination corrects an historic oversight.

The band themselves greeted the honour with usually dry Swedish humour. “A Grammy needs to be obligatory for many who dare go away 40 years between album releases,” they informed Selection in an announcement. “We advise a brand new class.”

14) Pakistani musician Arooj Aftab is a shock nominee for finest new artist

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The perfect new artist class at all times throws just a few curveballs…

Followers of British band Glass Animals had been surprised to see them nominated this yr, greater than a decade after they first shaped (they’re solely now feeling the primary flushes of US success, with the primary single Warmth Waves).

Equally shocked was Pakistani-American musician Arooj Aftab, who gained a nomination on the power of her third album Vulture Prince.

“I did not suppose that one thing like that would occur,” mentioned the 37-year-old earlier than heading to Las Vegas for the ceremony, including: “I felt prefer it’s one thing that ought to occur.”

Aftab, who studied on the Berklee College of Music and is predicated in Brooklyn, has gained rave evaluations for her music – which mingles jazz, Hindustani classical music and Sufi devotional poetry. Her album, Vulture Prince, is devoted to her youthful brother, who died through the writing of the file.

15) There is a kerfuffle over classical

When violinist Curtis Stewart heard that his album Of Energy was nominated for the very best classical instrumental solo Grammy, he was fairly excited.

“I simply did not suppose I might have a lot of an opportunity,” he informed Sure journal however “the truth that I bought that nomination was extraordinarily heartening for me”.

However in response to a prolonged report in The Observer, a number of musicians have despatched letters of criticism over his nomination to the Recording Academy. They are saying Stewart’s album, and one other observe by Jon Batiste, had been “mis-categorised” as classical works.

Amongst them was Professor Apostolos Paraskevas of Berklee Faculty of Music, Boston, who mentioned jazz-based compositions didn’t belong in these classes.

“Each of these musicians deserve the popularity for his or her work. However we can’t examine apples and oranges,” he informed the newspaper.

“Should you have a look at the nominees for the very best up to date classical composition, you see superb musicians who write operas and symphonies. Batiste’s piece is 2 minutes lengthy, somebody enjoying sequences within the jazz model. If this individual will get an award, it is a massive slap on our face.”

16) Billie Eilish may make Grammy historical past

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In her few quick years as a pop star, Billie Eilish has proved to be a darling of the Grammy voters. She’s already made historical past as the primary girl to win all 4 of the primary classes in a single evening – and this yr, she may rack up a few different firsts.

If she wins album of the yr for Happier Than Ever, she would turn out to be the primary artist to take that title for each their debut album and its follow-up.

The album’s title observe can also be up for file of the yr – the place Eilish may turn out to be the one individual ever to obtain that honour in three consecutive years.

17) There are some controversial nominees

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5 years after going through allegations of sexual misconduct, Louis CK is up for finest comedy album.

Rock star Marilyn Manson may win an album of the yr trophy as a songwriter and performer on Donda, whilst he faces trial for sexual assault (he denies the fees). And producer Dr Luke, who has been accused of sexual assault by his former protégé Kesha (once more, he denies the claims) has a shot at album of the yr, track of the yr and finest rap track because of his work with Doja Cat.

Comic Dave Chappelle bought a nod for finest spoken phrase album, regardless of a raging controversy over jokes he made concerning the trans group.

Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr defended these nominations in an announcement to The Wrap, saying: “We can’t limit the individuals who can submit their materials for consideration. We can’t look again at individuals’s historical past, we can’t have a look at their prison file.

“What we are going to management,” he continued, “is our levels, our exhibits, our occasions, our purple carpets. We’ll check out anybody who’s asking to be part of that, asking to be in attendance, and we’ll make our choices at that time. However we’re not going to be within the enterprise of proscribing individuals from submitting their work for our voters to determine on.”

18) Tony Bennett is (virtually) the oldest Grammy nominee in historical past

When Tony Bennett and Girl Gaga launched Love for Sale, their album of Cole Porter requirements, final October, Bennett broke the Guinness World File for the oldest individual to launch an album of recent materials. He was 95 years and 57 days outdated.

With the collaboration up for album of the yr, Bennett is now the oldest individual to be nominated in one of many Grammys’ “massive 4” classes… however he is a spring hen in contrast with Pinetop Perkins, the Mississippi-born blues pianist who gained finest conventional blues album in 2011, on the tender age of 97.

19) There aren’t some ways to look at within the UK

Within the US, the Grammys will likely be proven on CBS and Paramount+ from 8pm ET on Sunday. UK viewers cannot watch dwell and, sadly, no broadcaster has plans to indicate highlights the next day.

Nevertheless, the Recording Academy normally posts clips of the winners on its YouTube channel in actual time; and we’ll have full protection and evaluation on BBC Information all through the evening.

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