Doja Cat, Justin Bieber (And A Few Weird Outliers) Top This Year’s Grammy Nominations
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Whatever your thoughts on The Grammys (they’ve been called out more than a few times in recent years), there’s no denying that the annual awards show still has considerable pull in the music industry. So much so that when their nominees are announced every year, we’re still shocked by the recording academy’s snubs (The Weeknd), surprises (Justin Beiber’s Yummy) and weird outliers (who is Jon Batiste?)

Justin Beiber, Billie Eilish and Doja Cat are this year’s Grammy darlings, topping the list with the most noms across major categories like Record of the Year, Song of the Year (still not sure what’s the difference between the two), and Record of the Year. The academy is evidently awarding those who’ve had the biggest releases, with Lil Nas X and Driver’s License singer Olivia Rodrigo trailing close behind the top three. 

Elsewhere, ABBA received their first-ever nod for Record of the Year following their 2021 reunion single, and Australia got a start in Best Rock Performance with AC/DC’s Shot in the Dark. This year’s Yummy equivalent comes in the form of Ed Sheeran’s Song of the Year nomination for Bad Habits, a track that is – objectively speaking – complete trash.  

Peep all of this year’s Grammy nominations in the categories of importance below:

Record of the Year
ABBA – I Still Have Faith in You
Jon Batiste – Freedom
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – I Get a Kick Out of You
Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Cesar & Giveon – Peaches
Brandi Carlile – Right on Time
Doja Cat Featuring SZA – Kiss Me More
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me by Your Name)
Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Album of the Year
We Are – Jon Batiste
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Love for Sale
Justin Bieber – Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
Doja Cat – Planet Her (Deluxe)
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
H.E.R. – Back of My Mind
Lil Nas X – Montero
Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
Taylor Swift – Evermore
Kanye West – Donda

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

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

Best Rap Song
DMX, Jay-Z, Nas – Bath Salts
Saweetie, Doja Cat – best Friend
Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties
Kanye West, Jay-Z – Jail
Cole, 21 Savage & Morray – ​​My Life

Best Rap Album
Cole – The Off-Season
Drake – Certified Lover Boy
Nas – King’s Disease II
Tyler, the Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost
Kanye West – Donda

Words by Tom Disalvo November 24, 2021
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