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Grammys 2020: Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Ariana Grande lead nominations

Lizzo, Good as Hell

Story by Jack Foley

LIZZO leads the nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, with a total of eight, including album of the year (for Cuz I Love You), record of the year, song of the year and best new artist.

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X follow with six nods each, while Ariana Grande also notched five nominations, including album of the year for Thank U, Next and record of the year for 7 Rings.

Lizzo’s haul also includes a nod for her hit single Truth Hurts, which is up for best song and record, along with best pop solo performance. In addition, her Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) is up for best album and best urban contemporary album. Lizzo also is up for best R&B performance for Exactly How I Feel, featuring Gucci Mane, and best traditional R&B performance for Jerome.

Also of note was 17-year-old Billie Eilish, who set a record as the youngest nominee in Grammy history to receive nominations in all four general field categories: record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist.

Her brother, Finneas O’Connell, also received five nods for his work with his sister, including producer of the year, non-classical.

The record of the year category also includes Bon Iver’s Hey, Ma, Khalid’s Talk and Post Malone & Swae Lee’s Sunflower.

Bon Iver is also up for album of the year with I, I, alongside Lana Del Rey for Norman F***ing Rockwell! and Vampire Weekend for Father of the Bride.

Five of the eight album of the year nominees are women, with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey among the front-runners. The recognition for female performers comes two years after the head of the Grammys said women need to ‘step up’ if they wanted to be recognised.

Of the men, Lil Nas X is this year’s leading male nominee, with six nods including for his country-rap crossover Old Town Road, which spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at number one in the US earlier this year.

Of the British hopefuls looking for success, Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project is up for best pop album, while Ella Mai’s debut record is nominated for best R&B album.

Violinist Nicola Bendetti is recognised for a new concerto, written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, the Chemical Brothers received three nominations in the dance categories, Bonobo was shortlisted for dance album, Thom Yorke and James Blake go up against each for best alternative album and there was a posthumous nomination for The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan.

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has been recognised, with Someone You Loved picking up a nomination for song of the year, while English singer Yola picked up a surprise mention in the best new artist category.

The main nominees at a glance…

Album of the year
I, I – Bon Iver
Norman Rockwell – Lana Del Rey
Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
Cuz I Love You – Lizzo
I Used To Know Her – HER
7 – Lil Nas X
Father Of The Bride – Vampire Weekend

Song of the year
Always Remember Us This Way – Lady Gaga
Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
Bring My Flowers Now – Tanya Tucker
Hard Place – HER
Lover – Taylor Swift
Norman Rockwell – Lana Del Rey
Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
Truth Hurts – Lizzo

Record of the year
Hey Ma – Bon Iver
Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
7 Rings – Ariana Grande
Hard Place – HER
Talk – Khalid
Old Town Road – Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus
Truth Hurts – Lizzo
Sunflower – Post Malone and Swae Lee

Best new artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas

Best pop solo performance
Beyonce – Spirit
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down

Best pop duo/group performance
Ariana Grande & Social House – Boyfriend
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Senorita

Best traditional pop vocal album
Andrea Bocelli – Si
Michael Buble – Love
Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Barbra Streisand – Walls

Best pop vocal album
Beyonce – The Lion King: The Gift
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande (pictured) – Thank U, Next
Ed Sheeran – No. 6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

Best dance recording
Bonobo – Linked
The Chemical Brothers – Got To Keep On
Meduza featuring Goodboys – Piece Of Your Heart
Rufus Du Sol – Underwater
Skrillex & Boys Noize featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Midnight Hour

Best dance/electronic album
Apparat – LP5
The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Flume – Hi This Is Flume
Rufus Du Sol – Solace
Weather – Tycho

Best rock album
Bring Me The Horizon – Amo
Cage The Elephant – Social Cues
The Cranberries – In The End
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots

Best alternative album
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
James Blake – Assume Form
Bon Iver – I,I
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride
Thom Yorke – Anima

Best urban contemporary album
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
Lizzo (above) – Cuz I Love You
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
NAO – Saturn
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public

Best rap song
YBN Cordae featuring Chance The Rapper – Bad Idea
Rick Ross featuring Drake – Gold Roses
21 Savage featuring J. Cole – A Lot
Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy – Racks In The Middle
DaBaby – Suge

Best rap album
Dreamville – Revenge Of The Dreamers III
Meek Mill – Championships
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Tyler, The Creator – Igor
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Best country album
Eric Church – Desperate Man
Reba McEntire – Stronger Than The Truth
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
Thomas Rhett – Center Point Road
Tanya Tucker (pictured) – While I’m Livin’

Best musical theatre album
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Best music video
The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got To Try
Gary Clark Jr – This Land
FKA Twigs – Cellophane
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
Tove Lo – Glad He’s Gone