The 2022 Grammys nominations came with a series of shocks when they were announced in November.
Ustin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER each earned eight nominations, while Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo each earned seven.
However, the presence of names like Glass Animals and The Weeknd came as a surprise.
Ahead of Sunday night’s ceremony in Las Vegas, here are some of the biggest talking points from the star-studded shortlist.
– Who are the nominated British artists?
Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran’s hit song Bad Habits is nominated for Song of the Year.
Even more surprising is 21-year-old Arlo Parks’ inclusion in the shortlist for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for her Mercury Award-winning debut Collapsed In Sunbeams.
Oxford-based indie band Glass Animals are also selected for Best New Artist after their sleep hit Heat Waves hit number one in the US.
– Kanye West and Drake face off
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The internationally acclaimed rappers are both nominated for Best Rap Album, with Drake for Certified Lover Boy and West for Donda.
West, who legally changed his name to Ye, has previously demanded a public apology from Drake amid their ongoing feud.
Their conflict has roiled for a decade after an initial falling out between rappers Lil Wayne and Pusha T, but in November last year, West said it was “time to calm him down.”
The couple reunited on stage in December for the Free Larry Hoover benefit concert, where they covered each other’s songs.
– Can Olivia Rodrigo dethrone Billie Eilish?
In 2020, Eilish became just the second person to win the four major categories at the Grammys – Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year – in the same year.
Rodrigo is advised to do the same this year with her album Sour and single Drivers License.
– The Weeknd makes a surprise appearance on the nomination list
Last year, the R&B superstar said he wouldn’t allow his label to submit his music to protest the event’s controversial voting system.
He called the academy “corrupt” after failing to receive nominations despite the biggest single of 2020 in the US, Blinding Lights.
Still, he’s made the list three times – for his work on Doja Cat’s deluxe edition of Planet Her and Kanye West’s Donda, both of which are nominated for Album of the Year, and for his performance on West’s single Hurricane, which also features Lil is baby
– Why isn’t Fearless (Taylor’s version) on the list?
The pop superstar released a re-recording in April 2021 as part of a plan to regain control of her master recordings amid a dispute with her old label.
Released in 2008, the original Fearless won Album of the Year at the Grammys and Country Music Association Awards.
Instead, this year Swift submitted Evermore, her latest fully original album, due out in December 2020, and it was nominated for Album of the Year.
– Abba receive her first Grammy nomination
The Swedish pop superstars earned their first Grammy nomination for Record of the Year for “I Still Have Faith In You.”
They recently reunited for their first album in 40 years, Voyage, which reached number one in over a dozen countries including the UK.
– Jon Batiste shocks the music world with his 11 nods
In the US, multi-genre musician Batiste is best known as the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
His 11 nominations, the most of any artist this year, are likely to increase his profile in the UK.
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