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The music industry is buzzing with excitement as the nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards have been announced. With a huge range of talented artists and great albums released this year, the competition for the awards is serious. While there are numerous categories with nominations worth noting, here are six that stand out the most.
Record of the Year – “What Was I Made For?”
In Record of the Year, one of this year’s nominations is the song “What Was I Made For,” which singer-songwriter Billie Eilish wrote for the movie ‘Barbie.’ This was one of the most anticipated and exciting films of 2023, so it’s no surprise that arguably its best song is in the running for a Grammy.
Album of the Year – ‘World Music Radio’
One of the nominees for Album of the Year is Jon Batiste’s ‘World Music Radio.’ Batiste won Album of the Year last year for his album ‘We Are,’ as part of his five total Grammy awards for the year. This year, in addition to Album of the Year, Batiste has nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Jazz Performance, Best American Roots Performance, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Lana Del Rey).
Song of the Year – “Anti-Hero”
Co-songwriters Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift are nominated for Song of the Year for Swift’s song “Anti-Hero.” This somewhat politically charged hit was one of Swift’s biggest songs of a huge year, and maybe it’ll be one of her six Grammy nominations to bring her another award in 2024.
The Three New Grammy Categories
This year three new award categories were added to the Grammys: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album, and Best Pop Dance Recording. The nominees and winners of these awards will have the honor of being the first ones.
Best African Music Performance
Although African musicians have always been present at the Grammys, this year, the organization chose to give out an award specifically for the genre. The nominees are a mixture of new and established artists.
The nominations this year include the song “Amapiano” by ASAKE and Olamide, “City Boys” by Burna Boy, “UNAVAILABLE” by Davido and Musa Keys, “Water” by Tyla, and “Rush’’ by Ayra Starr
Best Alternative Jazz Album
The new Alternative Jazz Album category is filled with dynamic performers as well, and this year’s five nominations are ‘Love In Exile’ by Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily, ‘Quality Over Opinion’ by Louis Cole, ‘SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree’ by Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, and SuperBlue, ‘Live At The Piano’ by Cory Henry, and ‘The Omnichord Real Book’ by Meshell Ndegeocello.
Best Pop Dance Recording
All of the names nominated for Best Pop Dance Recording are unsurprising staples in the pop music industry. Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding are nominated for their collaboration “Miracle,” Kylie Minogue is nominated for her song “Padam Padam,” and Troye Sivan is nominated for his song “Rush.”’
Multiple award-winning artist David Guetta was nominated twice in this category, once for his song “Baby Don’t Hurt Me” with Anne-Marie and Coi Leray, and once for his song “One In A Million” with Bebe Rexha.