HOLLYWOOD—The award season looks great for Taylor Swift in 2024.She has broken a Grammys record with her latest nomination for song of the year. Her hit “Anti-Hero” makes Swift the first songwriter to score seven nominations in the category, overtaking Sir Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie, who have six each.
Everything she touches turns into gold. She is also nominated in the album and record of the year categories alongside Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus and SZA. Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa are among the other nominees for song of the year. Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste and SZA have also been recognized in the category. Swift’s Album of the Year nod for “Midnights” is her sixth nomination in this category and ties her with Barbra Streisand for the most nominations for a female artist. If she wins, she will become the first artist to win album of the year four times.
Apparently, it was harder for artists to make the Grammys shortlist this year due to new rules. Organizers have cut the number of nominations available in each category from 10 to eight. The Grammy Awards will take place on February 4, in Los angeles, with hosts yet to be announced. Dance and electronic producer Fred Again is among the nominees for best new artist. He is joined in the category by Gracie Abrams, Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones, Noah Kahan, Victoria Monet and War and Treaty.
Rapper and singer Jelly Roll might have been around since 2005, but he scored a breakout single earlier this year with “Need A Favor.” If the 38-year-old wins the award he will become the oldest person to be named Best New Artist, Sheryl Crow currently holds the record after picking it up at age 33. Cyrus, Rodrigo, Swift, SZA, Batiste, Boygenius, Eilish and Monet are recognized on the record of the year shortlist.
Song of the Year is different than Record of the Year, the former recognizes songwriters and achievement in composition while the latter is concerned with the technical recording process, taking into account production, engineering and performance.
Cyrus’ nomination for “Flowers” in the Song and Record of the Year categories and “Endless Summer Vacation’s” Album of the Year nomination mark her first appearance in one of the major categories. She previously had only received one nomination for Best Pop Album in 2015 for “Bangerz.” Lana Del Rey has never won a Grammy before, but is recognized in five categories this year, including Best Alternative Music Album and Best Alternative Music performance.
Rodrigo joins Eilish in achieving the feat of being nominated for Best Album, Song and Record for her first two studio albums. The 20-year-old former Disney star’s received chart success this year with song Vampire and album Guts. Eilish has also featured heavily in this year’s Grammy nominations, the song she made for the “Barbie” movie, “What Was I Made For?” has made it onto the song and record of the year list.
The music from “Barbie” is well-represented across the nominations receiving 12 nods, Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night,” which is up for Song of the Year, features on the film’s soundtrack. Meanwhile Barbie World by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice, and Ryan Gosling’s, “I’m Just Ken,” are up for Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
Not only was Morgan Wallen snubbed at the Country Music Awards Show, he only received one nod in the Best County Song category but didn’t break through into any of the major ones. His single Last Night topped the US charts for 16 weeks, with the track achieving the feat of the first country song by a male solo artist to reach number one in 42 years.
Wallen, who was criticized over the use of a racial slur in 2022, also had chart success with his album, “One Thing At A Time” earlier this year. Doja Cat was expected to scoop up a few nominations, didn’t make it into any of the big categories, receiving nods for her song Attention in the best melodic rap performance and best rap song lists. Paint the Town Red, which samples Dionne Warwick’s Walk On By, was expected to make it onto the record of the year list but only managed the best pop performance category.
Rose’s Scoop: You may recall earlier this year, Beyonce became the most decorated artist in Grammy history, winning four awards at the 65th ceremony-bringing her total winnings to 32.