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The Grammy Awards in 2022: 19 Important Facts | Entertainment

The Grammy Awards in 2022: 19 Important Facts | Entertainment
The Grammy Awards in 2022: 19 Important Facts | Entertainment 

19 Interesting Facts About the Grammy Awards in 2022

After a three-month delay due to a surge in COVID cases in the US, the Grammy Awards are upon us once again. 

The star-studded ceremony is traditionally billed as "music's greatest night"—covering both the scale of the event and its mind-numbing length.

The first award will be given in Las Vegas on a Sunday at 12:30 pm, at 20:30 local time (04:30 in the UK) eight hours before the presentation of the Album of the Year Awards, a thrombosis-inducing event  .

The nomination list has a total of 70 categories, with everyone from Lady Gaga to Barack Obama.

Unlike last year's smaller event, which featured a mix of live and pre-recorded performances, the 2022 ceremony will be a more generic show – Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Carrie Underwood, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo will all take to the stage.  MGM Grand Arena.

Comedian Trevor Noah will host for the second time.

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Here are 19 facts about the ceremony to prepare you... 

1) Voters had to listen to a lot of music

About 22,000 songs and albums were submitted for consideration this year, resulting in the shortlist for the main categories being expanded from eight to 10 nominations for the first time.

"We are living in a time of extraordinary growth in music," explained Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason, Jr.  More than 60,000 songs are being released in a day.  There is so much music available.  There is so much excellence to be recognized and celebrated."

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2) Olivia Rodrigo has to beat

Disney actress-turned-pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo has been nominated in all four categories—and she's taken a good shot at a clean sweep.

The 19-year-old is practically locked-in for Best New Artist;  And her classy break-up ballad is a strong contender for Driver's License Song of the Year (which recognizes music and lyrics) and Record of the Year (which rewards production, performance, and engineering).

One category where he could run into trouble is Album of the Year;  Where his smart and peppy debut album Sour John Batiste, Kanye West and H.E.R.

If Rodrigo takes home all four awards, she will be only the third artist in history to do so after Christopher Cross and Billie Eilish.

3) A 1934 song is up for record of the year

Yes, you read that right.  Cole Porter's I Get a Kick Out of You is one of 10 running for record of the year, thanks to a new cover version by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. 

It's part a sacred Grammy tradition of the old guard—even if their latest release helped define the year in music.

In Bennett's case, it's a fitting tribute to a career that spanned eight decades in clubs and concerts.  The star announced his retirement last year at the age of 95 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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4) Stephen Sondheim and Taylor Hawkins will be paid tribute

What would we do without you?  Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim will be remembered in song during Sunday's ceremony, which will feature performances by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and West Side Story star Rachel Ziegler.

The show also plans to honor Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins—a week after his untimely death at the age of 50.

"We will honor his memory somehow," Jack Sussman, CBS's executive vice president of music, told Variety magazine.  "We want to find out what's the right thing to do in a way that's respectful to everyone involved. We're patient. We'll be planning until the very end."

5) Who John?

Jazz pianist John Batiste has more nominations than anyone else – 11 in total, judging by both his boundary-bending solo album We Are and the soundtrack to the Pixar film, Soul.

A member of the New Orleans musical dynasty, he is perhaps best known as the band leader on Stephen Colbert's US chat show.

But she was widely praised for her debut album, which celebrates decades of black American music, while acknowledging the specific struggles black people face.

By the way, only two artists have crossed the number of 11 nominations – Michael Jackson in 1984 and Babyface in 1997.

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6) Dua Lipa pulls herself out of the race

Levitating Dua's monster hit was the US best-selling song of 2021;  and spent a record-breaking 70 weeks on the Billboard charts.  But it's completely absent from Grammy nominations.

Variety magazine confirmed that the song had not been submitted for consideration, apparently to avoid recognition of featured rapper DaBaby after several gay comments last year.

7) Drake is still boycotting the show

Drake's latest creation, Certified Lover Boy, was nominated for Rap Album, and the single Way 2 Sexy, featuring Future and Young Thugs, was up for a rap performance.  But he asked for the nominations to be withdrawn before the voting period ended, and the Academy honored his request.

He has long been a critic of the ceremony - even if he won.  "We play an opinion-based game, not a fact-based game," he said while taking home an award for God's Plan in 2019. in his hometown.  You're already winning, you don't need it right here." 

The Weeknd is also absent, refusing to attend the Grammys after being turned down last year.

Ariana Grande and Doja Cat also refused to perform their duet with the star for the awards, in an apparent show of solidarity.  But Kanye West didn't get the memo: His single Hurricane, which includes The Weeknd and Lil Baby, made it onto the Best Mellow Rap Songs shortlist.

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8) Kanye West has been told not to perform

When the Grammy nominations were announced last year, Kanye West took home five awards, including album of the year for his eclectic, scattershot 10th album Donda.

It seemed like the beginning of a new era.  West has long been critical of the ceremony's underrepresentation of black performers and, in 2020, filmed himself urinating at one of his 22 Grammy Awards.

But two weeks before the show, organizers told Starr that her planned performance could not go ahead due to "relatedness to her online behavior," Variety magazine reported.

It appears to include the release of an animated music video that depicts the kidnapping and burial of a man who resembles Pete Davidson - the American comedian who is dating Kim Kardashian, the ex-wife of West.  Is;  And an Instagram post that used racial slurs to describe Grammy host Trevor Noah.

At the time of writing, however, West has still been invited to the ceremony.  If he gets to deliver a speech, the sensors will be hovering over the mute button in panic.

9) The Academy Is Still Not Fully With BTS

Despite being the best-selling song in the world last year – the Michael Jackson-indebted summer anthem Butters – South Korean pop band BTS has been nominated for only one award: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Last year, they lost that category to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande and their duet Rain on Me.  Gaga could prove to be her downfall again in 2022, with her Tony Bennett collaboration also shortlisted for the award.

BTS Army had hoped to console itself with a performance by the boyband - but it also appeared to be in danger, after members Jungkook and J-Hope tested positive for COVID-19.

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10) It was too late for Adele to get the invitation

After sweeping the board at Brits two months ago, Adele is completely absent from the Grammy shortlist — and for one very simple reason.  The star's return single, Easy on Me, and her blockbuster fourth album 30, were both released after the cut-off date of September 30, 2021.

Other albums that missed the deadline included Ed Sheeran = (equals), Bruno Mars and Anderson.  Pak's An Evening with Silk Sonic and Taylor Swift's Red (Taylor's Version).  Hopefully they will make an appearance next year instead.

11) Country Music Had a Bad Year

There are 40 nominations available in the four main Grammy categories, but only one of those places went to the country act: Jimmy Allen.

Voters turned their backs on established stars including Casey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Maren Morris and Sturgill Simpson, who released well-received, commercially successful albums in 2021.

Meanwhile Morgan Wallen - who had the best-selling country album of the year - was laid off in early 2021 after being captured on video while drunk using racist language.

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12) Kanye West may have to share a Grammy with 160 other people

If Kanye West wins Album of the Year for Donda, the stage is going to be very crowded.

In the nomination list, their records are credited to over 160 people - a reflection of how many albums are now using songwriting camps, guest verses, beat-swapping, multiple producers, remixes and evolved iterations of the same song.  have been assembled. 

In previous years, only those who contributed 33% of the playing time of an album were eligible to be nominated;  But that rule was scrapped for 2022.

Quite the contrary: Billie Eilish's Happier Than Ever only has five people to its credit.

13) Abba proves it's never too late to get a Grammy nomination

50 years after her debut single, Abba earned her first Grammy nomination - Record of the Year - for her single I Still Have Faith in You. 

It seems unlikely to win — if voters were really willing to vote for Abba, she would have been nominated in pop style categories as well — but the nomination warrants a historical oversight.

The band is generally greeted with respect with dry Swedish humour.  "A Grammy should be mandatory for anyone who dares to skip 40 years between album releases," he told Variety in a statement.  "We suggest a new category."

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14) Pakistani musician Aroz Aftab is a surprise nominee for Best New Artist

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Fans of British band Glass Animals were stunned to see them nominated this year, more than a decade after they debuted (they are only now feeling their first glimpse of US success, with the number one single Heat Waves).

Equally surprised was Pakistani-American musician Aroz Aftab, who received a nomination on the strength of his third album Vulture Prince. 

"I didn't think anything like this could happen," the 37-year-old said before heading to Las Vegas for the ceremony.

Aftab, who studied at Berklee School of Music and is based in Brooklyn, has garnered rave reviews for his music – which mixes jazz, Hindustani classical music and Sufi devotional poetry.  His album, Vulture Prince, is dedicated to his younger brother, who died during the writing of the record.

15) There's a Kerruffle on the Classic

When violinist Curtis Stewart heard that his album of Power had been nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Single, he was very excited. 

"I just didn't think I'd have that much of a chance," he told Yes magazine, but "the fact that I got that nomination made me extremely happy".

But according to a lengthy report in The Observer, several musicians have sent letters of complaint over his nomination to the Recording Academy.  They state that Stewart's album, and another track by John Battist, were "misclassified" as classical works.

Among them was Professor Apostolos Paraskevas of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, who said that jazz-based compositions were not in those categories.

"Both of those composers deserve recognition for their work. But we can't compare apples and oranges," he told the newspaper.

"If you look at the nominees for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, you see wonderful composers who write operas and symphonies. The batiste piece is two minutes long, someone playing a sequence in a jazz style. If this person gets an award If you get it  , it's a big deal, slap us in the face."

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16) Billie Eilish Might Make Grammy History

In his few years as a pop star, Billie Eilish has proved to be the darling of Grammy voters.  She has already made history as the first woman to win all four main categories in a single night – and this year, she could take some other firsts.

If she wins Album of the Year for Happier Than Ever, she will become the first artist to take the title for both her debut album and its follow-up.

The album's title track is also up for record of the year—where Eilish may become the only person to receive that honor in three consecutive years.

17) There are some controversial nominees

Five years after facing sexual misconduct allegations, Louis CK is up for Best Comedy Album.

Rock star Marilyn Manson could win an Album of the Year trophy on Donda as a songwriter and artist, even as he faces a sexual assault lawsuit (he denies the allegations).  And producer Dr. Luke, who has been accused of sexual assault by his former protégé Kesha (again, he denies the claims) has nominated his work with Doja Cat for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap Song.  Thanks for.

Despite a raging controversy over jokes made about the trans community, comedian Dave Chappelle was approved for Best Spoken Word Album. 

Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr. defended these nominations in a statement to The Wrap, saying: "We will not restrict people who can submit their material for consideration. We will not look at people's history, we will  Won't look at their criminal record.

"What we'll control," he continued, "are our stages, our shows, our events, our red carpets. We'll take a look at anyone who is asking to be a part of it, and ask to be present.  And we'll make our decisions at that time. But we won't be in the business of restricting people from submitting their work for our voters to decide."

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18) Tony Bennett is (almost) the oldest Grammy nominee in history

When Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their Cole Porter standards album Love for Sale last October, Bennett broke the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to release an album of new material.  He was 95 years 57 days old.

With the collaboration for Album of the Year, Bennett is now the oldest person to be nominated in one of the Grammy's "Big Four" categories... winning Best Traditional Blues Album in 2011 at age 97.

19) There aren't many ways to watch in the UK

In the US, the Grammys will be shown on CBS and Paramount+ on Sundays at 8 p.m.  UK viewers cannot watch live and sadly no broadcaster has plans to show the highlights the next day.

However, the Recording Academy usually posts clips of the winners in real time on its YouTube channel;  And we'll be doing full coverage and analysis on BBC News throughout the night.

Source: Mark Savage, BBC, Direct News 99