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Recording Academy® Announces Nominees For The 64th Annual Grammy Awards®

The Recording Academy® has revealed nominees for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and announced that, for the first time, there will be 10 nominees in each of the General Field Categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

This year's top nominees include Jon Batiste (11), Justin Bieber (8), Doja Cat (8); H.E.R. (8), Billie Eilish (7), and Olivia Rodrigo (7). As the only peer-selected music accolade, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by the Recording Academy's voting membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

"This is an exciting day for music," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "These nominations beautifully reflect today’s broad and diverse musical landscape. I congratulate all of the nominees and everyone who submitted work. I’m also so proud of our voters. They voted in record numbers and brought their very best to evaluating the work of their peers, and I thank them on behalf of the entire music community."

This year's nominees were voted on by Recording Academy voting members from nearly 22,000 eligible entries and reflect the wide range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music (Sept. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021). The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 6, 2021–Jan. 5, 2022. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Mon, Jan. 31, 2022, on the CBS Television Network(opens in a new tab) and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on and the Recording Academy's YouTube(opens in a new tab) channel.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards' 26 Fields and 86 Categories. For a complete nominations list, visit

Record Of The Year

"I Still Have Faith In You" — ABBA "Freedom" — Jon Batiste "I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga "Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile "Kiss Me More" — Doja Cat Featuring SZA "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish "Montero" (Call Me By Your Name) — Lil Nas X "drivers license" — Olivia Rodrigo "Leave The Door Open" — Silk Sonic

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

Song Of The Year "Bad Habits" — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) "A Beautiful Noise" — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile) "drivers license" — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo) "Fight For You" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) "Kiss Me More" — Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) "Leave The Door Open" — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic) "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X) "Peaches" — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha "Fury" King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon) "Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab Jimmie Allen Baby Keem FINNEAS Glass Animals Japanese Breakfast The Kid Laroi Arlo Parks Olivia Rodrigo Saweetie

Best Pop Vocal Album

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish Positions Ariana Grande Sour — Olivia Rodrigo

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

"Hero" — Afrojack & David Guetta "Loom" — Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo "Before" — James Blake "Heartbreak" — Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs "You Can Do It" — Caribou "Alive" — Rüfüs Du Sol "The Business" — Tiësto

Best Alternative Music Album

Shore — Fleet Foxes If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power — Halsey Jubilee — Japanese Breakfast Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks Daddy's Home — St. Vincent

Best R&B Performance

"Lost You" — Snoh Aalegra "Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Damage" — H.E.R. "Leave The Door Open" — Silk Sonic "Pick Up Your Feelings" — Jazmine Sullivan

Best Progressive R&B Album

New Light — Eric Bellinger Something To Say — Cory Henry Mood Valiant — Hiatus Kaiyote Table For Two Lucky Daye Dinner Party: Dessert — Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington Studying Abroad: Extended Stay — Masego

Best Rap Performance

"Family Ties" — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Up" — Cardi B "m y . l i f e" — J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray "Way 2 Sexy" — Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug "Thot S***" — Megan Thee Stallion

Best Rap Album

The Off-Season — J. Cole Certified Lover Boy — Drake King's Disease II — Nas Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator Donda — Kanye West

Best Country Song

"Better Than We Found It" — Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris) "camera roll" — Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) "Cold" — Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) "Country Again" — Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett) "Fancy Like" — Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins & Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes) "Remember Her Name" — Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram &Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Generations — The Baylor Project= SuperBlue — Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter Time Traveler — Nnenna Freelon Flor — Gretchen Parlato Songwrights Apothecary Lab — Esperanza Spalding

Best Gospel Album

Changing Your Story — Jekalyn Carr Royalty: Live At The Ryman — Tasha Cobbs Leonard Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition — Maverick City Music Jonny x Mali: Live In LA — Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Believe For It — CeCe Winans

Best Latin Pop Album

Vértigo — Pablo Alborán Mis Amores — Paula Arenas Hecho A La Antigua — Ricardo Arjona Mis Manos — Camilo Mendó — Alex Cuba Revelación — Selena Gomez

Best Música Urbana Album

Afrodisíaco — Rauw Alejandro El Último Tour Del Mundo — Bad Bunny Jose — J Balvin KG0516 — KAROL G Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8 — Kali Uchis

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat" — Arooj Aftab "Do Yourself" — Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy "Pà Pá Pà" — Femi Kuti "Blewu" — Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo "Essence" — WizKid Featuring Tems

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Aftermath — LeVar Burton Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis — Don Cheadle Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago — J. Ivy 8:46 — Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman A Promised Land — Barack Obama

Best Opera Recording Album

Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle — Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Glass: Akhnaten — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen — London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO Discovery Voices Little: Soldier Songs — The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Best Music Video

"Shot In The Dark" — AC/DC "Freedom" — Jon Batiste "I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga "Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Lil Nas X "Good 4 U" — Olivia Rodrigo

Best Music Film:

Inside — Bo Burnham David Byrne's American Utopia — David Byrne Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles — Billie Eilish Music, Money, Madness...Jimi Hendrix In Maui — Jimi Hendrix Summer Of Soul — Various Artists

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.


Jon Batiste (with 11 nominations) performs Freedom


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