Tuesday was the announcement of the nominations for all 86 of the Recording Academy’s categories. The selection procedure this year had a different approach, going with the popular vote rather than the “Secret Committees” that were used in past years. Votes are established by the Recording Academy’s voting membership body, consisting of about 12,000 music makers representing all genres and creative disciplines. The number of Nominees in each category has been updated from 8 to 10, as the number of submissions this year was nearing 22,000.Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy told Variety Magazine “We made the decision to expand to 10 fairly recently. We looked at the voting, which was up 17% this year, and the amount of submissions — almost 22,000, that’s a crazy high number — and we said, ‘This is an incredible opportunity for us to honour more artists and shine a light on more great music.’ Traditionally, the Academy might have studied this for a few years and done a committee, but I think the way music is moving and the industry is evolving, I’m proud to say the Academy is able to move quickly.”
Many of the top nominees this year were anticipated, however leading in nominations was Jon Batiste who is a jazz keyboardist, and musical director of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Batiste leads the nominees with 11 nominations.
Some more mainstream artists such as Justin Bieber, H.E.R., and Doja Cat each received 8 nominations, followed by Billie Eilish and, GRAMMY newcomer, Olivia Rodrigo, with 7 nominations each. Taylor Swift received one nomination for arguably the biggest category: Album of the Year for “Evermore.” She won this category at the last GRAMMYs for her album “Folklore.”
Turning back to our local artists, Canadians in the running, such as Bieber and The Weeknd, are in good company with the Canadian GRAMMY nods such as:
Drake has been nominated twice for best rap album and best rap performance.
Dan Snaith, known as Caribou, is in the best dance/electronic recording category for his single titled You Can Do It.
Alex Cuba is a Cuban-Canadian who has been named twice for songs on his latest album Mendo: best Latin pop album and best Musica Urbana album.
Canadian, Joni Mitchell, achieved her 16th nomination in her career for the best historical album.
Allison Russell, of Montreal, with two nominations — one for best American roots song and a second for best Americana album.
The 64th GRAMMY Awards will be airing on January 31, 2022. Find the full list of nominees by visiting the official 2022 GRAMMY Awards website.