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Take A Deep Dive Into This Year's Best Pop Vocal Album Nominations | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show
Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Olivia Rodrigo are the nominees for the star-studded Best Pop Vocal Album category at the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show
Editor's Note: The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The below article was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 18, to reflect the new show date and location.
The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, is just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted Best Pop Vocal Album award. This star-studded category features five of the leading names in pop, each of whom released standout albums in the qualifying eligibility period (Sept. 1, 2020 — Sept. 30, 2021).
While we'll have to wait until the 64th GRAMMY Awards, which air on CBS on Sunday, April 3, to find out who will be the winner, let's take a look at the superstars nominated in one of the most anticipated categories at Music's Biggest Night.
JUSTIN BIEBER — JUSTICE (TRIPLE CHUCKS DELUXE)
Justin Bieber isn't the kind of artist to give his fans the bare minimum. That's why just a week after releasing his warmly received sixth studio album, Justice, the two-time GRAMMY winner released the Triple Chucks Deluxe edition, which added six more songs, bringing the tracklist to 22 songs in total.
Coming one year after his R&B-led album, Changes, Justice saw Bieber teaming up with friends like Chance the Rapper on "Holy," the Kid LAROI on "Unstable," Khalid on "As I Am," and the R&B dream team of Daniel Caesar and Giveon on the laid-back jam "Peaches." For the Triple Chucks Deluxe tracks, the singer added the star power of Lil Uzi Vert on "There She Go," Jaden on "I Can't Be Myself," DaBaby on "Know No Better," Tori Kelly on "Name," and Migos member Quavo on "Wish You Would."
Now the singer — who, at the age of 27, is already an industry veteran — is preparing to take Justice on an extensive world tour in 2022, playing a total of 98 dates across 20 countries with guests including Jaden, ¿Téo? and protege Eddie Benjamin. It's that non-stop work ethic that's kept Justin Bieber at the top of his game.
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DOJA CAT — PLANET HER (DELUXE)
From the moment she burst onto pop radars with her 2018 debut album, Amala, Doja Cat hasn't stopped hustling.
The Los Angeles-born rapper, singer, songwriter, and meme star's first taste of fame came via the viral hit "Mooo!" She returned in 2019 with the polished and pop-forward album Hot Pink, featuring the GRAMMY-nominated "Say So" and production from top beat-makers like Yeti Beats and Kool Kojak alongside guest appearances from Smino, Gucci Mane and Tyga.
In June 2021, Doja Cat joined the top-tier of pop talent with her third album, Planet Her. Led by the meteoric single "Kiss Me More," featuring fellow R&B/pop sensation SZA and also currently nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, the record lined up A-list guests like Young Thug, Ariana Grande, JID, and the Weeknd. For Doja Cat's fans, Planet Her was the best showcase yet of her oddball, button-pushing humor, lyrical smarts, and versatility across R&B, hip-hop and pure pop. This time around, Doja Cat worked primarily with super-producers Y2K, Yeti Beats and Dr. Luke to help sculpt the album's sound.
Planet Her (Deluxe) followed soon after with five additional tracks, including an extended version of "You Right" with the Weeknd, plus the previously unreleased "Tonight" featuring Eve and "Why Why" featuring Gunna.
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BILLIE EILISH — HAPPIER THAN EVER
When the COVID-19 pandemic grounded Billie Eilish's 2020 tour, the songwriting wunderkind found herself facing something very unfamiliar: an empty calendar.
With no pressure to meet an album deadline and far from the fatigue of touring life, Eilish and her collaborator and brother Finneas retreated to his home studio to make her second album, Happier Than Ever.
Preceded by singles including "My Future" and "Therefore I Am," Happier Than Ever debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and reinforced Eilish as a generational talent. The album interrogates life in the spotlight over the pared-back electronic production from Finneas that always showcases Eilish's brittle, shapeshifting vocals.
Since the release of Happier Than Ever, the seven-time GRAMMY winner has finally seen her haunting theme song shine in the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, and is setting out on a world tour that includes sold-out stops at Madison Square Garden in New York and The Forum in Los Angeles.
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ARIANA GRANDE — POSITIONS
In the fast-moving world of pop, Ariana Grande stays remarkably prolific. Over her celebrated career, the two-time GRAMMY winner has released six studio albums, more than 50 singles, and a beloved live album, k bye for now (swt live), recorded at the peak of a 102-show tour in 2019. Her secret weapon: a voice that can hit soaring diva highs and smoky bedroom tones from one song to the next.
Following her celebrated 2019 album Thank U, Next, Grande gave us her GRAMMY-winning collaboration with Lady Gaga, "Rain On Me," then doubled down with Positions in October 2020. The album sees Grande processing grief and finding release through 14 songs that straddle R&B and high-sheen pop. Singles "34+35," "pov" and "positions" — the latter is currently nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance — put Grande front and center, while "motive" with Doja Cat, "off the table" with the Weeknd and "safety net" with Ty Dolla $ign buzz with added star power.
Since Positions, Grande delivered another instant hit alongside the Weeknd, "Save Your Tears (Remix)," and is set to appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in the star-studded Netflix movie, Don't Look Up. No days off here.
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OLIVIA RODRIGO — SOUR
Few artists can claim a bigger breakout year than Olivia Rodrigo's 2021. The rising star's momentous run began, of course, with "Drivers License" back in January. The juggernaut single broke Spotify streaming records (where it currently counts 1.1 billion plays), debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, and inspired countless heartfelt TikToks.
Next came the bittersweet "Deja Vu" and the spiky pop-punk anthem "Good 4 U," both of which confirmed Rodrigo as a major talent. With that trifecta, she became the first artist in history to debut their first three singles in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Hot on the heels of "Good 4 U," the ascendant singer/songwriter released her debut album, Sour, in May. True to form, the LP rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and broke the global Spotify record for the biggest opening week for an album by a female artist. The 11 songs on Sour detail heartbreak, self-acceptance, and growing up through a pop sound that's indebted to Rodrigo's heroes, but entirely her own. All that, and she's still only 18 years old.
A first-time GRAMMY nominee, Olivia Rodrigo is currently nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards, including nods in the Big 4 General Field: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.
The Recording Academy will present the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show on Sunday, April 3, on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, MusiCares' Person of the Year, and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala, will be announced soon
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber
GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.
To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.
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Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Reveals 2019 Lineup
Find out who's bringing the heat to the hip-hop fest returning to L.A. this December
Today, Rolling Loud revealed the massive lineup for their final music festival of 2019, Rolling Loud Los Angeles, which is set to take over the Banc of California Stadium and adjacent Exposition Park on Dec. 14–15.
This iteration of "the Woodstock of Hip-Hop," as the all-knowing Diddy has called it, will feature Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, Young Thug and Lil Baby as Saturday's heavy-hitting headliners. Sunday's headliners are none other than Future, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, YG and Playboi Carti.
L.A.'s own Blueface, Tyga and Doja Cat, are slated to perform, as well as representatives from the diverse rap scenes across the country, including Wale, Juicy J, Lil Yachty, Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Tyla Yaweh, Machine Gun Kelly and Yung Gravy.
The lineup announcement follows the successful wrap of Rolling Loud Bay Area in Oakland this past weekend. The event's flagship Miami event took place in May this year, and the New York and Hong Kong debut editions will both take place later this month.
Some of y’all not ready for these moshpits https://t.co/3nlaudjapq— Randy (@randyt0321) October 1, 2019
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WATCH: Lady Gaga And Ariana Grande Team Up For "Rain On Me"
Grande enters the "Stupid Love" singer's futuristic world as the two pop sensations dance together in an out-of-this-planet setting
"I can feel it on my skin (It's comin' down on me)/ Teardrops on my face (Water like misery)/ Let it wash away my sins (It's coming down on me)," the global pop stars sing together on the chorus. "I'd rather be dry, but at least I'm alive/ Rain on me, rain, rain."
The song is an empowering track about being comfortable with letting tears fall. Gaga revealed the many layers behind the song in an interview with Vulture, sharing that some of the inspiration for it came from her relationship with drinking. "This is about an analog of tears being the rain. And you know what it’s also a metaphor for, is the amount of drinking that I was doing to numb myself," she said. "I’d rather be dry. I’d rather not be drinking, but I haven’t died yet. I’m still alive. Rain on me."
She added that the song also went beyond that. "Okay, I’m going to keep on drinking. This song has many layers," she said.
Grande enters the "Stupid Love" singer's futuristic world in the video released Friday, May 22, with the two dancing together in an out-of-this-planet setting. The video ends with them in a strong embrace.
Gaga has shared how much the collaboration with Grande means to her and thanked Grande for "reminding me I’m strong." Before the video's release, she tweeted out a special message to the "Stuck with U" singer.
"One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got," she tweeted.
Grande returned the love with more love, revealing what sharing a track with Gaga means to her.
"one time ..... i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did... who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me," she tweeted. "she then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry ! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga , u stunning superwoman !"
Watch the full video above. Chromatica is set to be released on May 29.
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Ariana Grande Donates Proceeds From Atlanta Show To Planned Parenthood
"Ariana Grande's generous donation comes at a critical time—in Georgia and across the country, anti-women's health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion," Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement
Today, Planned Parenthood confirmed that GRAMMY winner Ariana Grande has donated the proceeds from her June 8 concert in Atlanta, around $250,000, to the reproductive health non-profit. The contribution follows several Southern states, including Georgia, passing restrictive anti-abortion bills in May.
This is incredible, @arianagrande — thank you!— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) June 12, 2019
We're so grateful for your longstanding commitment to supporting women’s rights & standing with Planned Parenthood to defend access to sexual and reproductive health care. #IStandWithPP #StopTheBans https://t.co/zFkBVONNK9
"Ariana Grande's generous donation comes at a critical time—in Georgia and across the country, anti-women's health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion," Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement to People, who broke the news.
Wen, who is a medical doctor and the former Baltimore City Health Commissioner, spoke to the critical timing of Grande's donation, at a time when lawmakers are rolling back years of women's rights legislation:
"This is not what the American people want, nor is it something they'll stand for. Thanks to inspiring support like hers, Planned Parenthood can continue to fight back—in the courts, in Congress, in state houses, and in the streets—against these dangerous attacks on people's health and lives. We are so grateful to Ariana for her longstanding commitment to supporting women's rights and standing with Planned Parenthood to defend access to reproductive health care. We won't stop fighting—no matter what."
As People and other outlets point out, the donation follows the singer's response to hate speech made outside of the Atlanta concert. Ari fans tweeted a video of a protester outside of the venue making homophobic, sexist and racist comments over a P.A. system to the young women. Grande commented on the post, writing: "man... saddened but not surprised by this one bit. I'm so sorry any of my fans had to encounter this. we will do our best to ensure this doesn't happen again. proud of u all for not fighting / engaging violently. never worth it. wishing him peace & a healed heart cause girl yikes."
The Atlanta show was one of the stops on the pop star's Sweetener World Tour, which continues across North America until mid-July, after which she'll headline Lollapalooza on Aug. 4, then take the tour across the pond to London on Aug. 17 for its European leg.