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Two months from now, the 2020 Grammys ceremony will take place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, and CBS will broadcast the ceremony starting at 7 pm ET. Music lovers don’t need to wait until then to start getting in on the action: Earlier this week, the Grammys announced the 2020 nominees. Here are the leading names in the pack.
As Lizzo’s gigantic year draws to a close, it appears her momentum won’t be slowing any time soon. The artist born Melissa Jefferson has received eight nominations for the 2020 Grammys, the most of any artist. Even more exciting is that this is Lizzo’s first year being nominated for any Grammys at all. Her chart-topping hit “Truth Hurts” is up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, her album Cuz I Love You is nominated for Album of the Year, and she’s among this year’s Best New Artist nominees.
Billie Eilish won’t turn 18 until next month, so she’s one of few people who can brag about earning six Grammy nominations before reaching proper adulthood. Eilish, like Lizzo, is a first-time Grammy nominee, and the two will compete for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. Eilish’s ubiquitous chart-topper “bad guy” is nominated in the first two of these categories, and her debut album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is nominated for Album of the Year.
Lil Nas X
Billie Eilish and Lizzo aren’t the only first-time Grammy nominees competing for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. Lil Nas X, whose viral single “Old Town Road” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 19 weeks, also received six Grammy nominations. “Old Town Road” is among this year’s Record of the Year contenders, and his EP 7 will compete for Album of the Year. For the “Old Town Road” remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X is also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Unlike the above artists, Ariana Grande is far from a first-time Grammy nominee. Given her huge year, though, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s been nominated again. Her single “7 Rings” is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and her album Thank U, Next is nominated for Album of the Year. Last year, Grande won her first Grammy, nabbing the Best Pop Vocal Album award for her 2018 album Sweetener.
In relation to the Grammys, Bon Iver is best known for causing massive viewer confusion. Unlike the majority of artists nominated in leading categories at the Grammys, Bon Iver isn’t quite a household name. It didn’t help that, when he was first nominated in 2012, he skipped the ceremony. The artist born Justin Vernon is nevertheless nominated for Record of the Year (“Hey, Ma”) and Album of the Year (i,i). It remains to be seen whether his presence in this year’s leading awards will again throw viewers for a loop.
Who do you hope wins in the major Grammy categories? Sound off in the comments, and find a complete list of all the 2020 nominees here.