Meet This Year's Album Of The Year Nominees | 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show
Here's who's up for the coveted GRAMMY for Album Of The Year at the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Jon Batiste, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and Kanye West
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 GRAMMY for Album Of The Year is one of the most prestigious and coveted awards a musician can receive. At the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, there will be some heady competition for the title.
For the 2022 GRAMMYs, Jon Batiste's WE ARE, Tony Bennett's and Lady Gaga's Love for Sale, Justin Bieber's Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Doja Cat's Planet Her (Deluxe), Billie Eilish's Happier Than Ever, H.E.R.'s Back of My Mind, Lil Nas X's Montero, Olivia Rodrigo's Sour, Taylor Swift's Evermore and Kanye West's Donda have been nominated for Album Of The Year.
Who will take home the golden gramophone in this most vaunted of categories? Will it be Bennett, who just gave the world his farewell gift? Lil Nas X, who metamorphosed from novelty act to a full-fledged, out-and-proud pop star? Perhaps Olivia Rodrigo, who synthesized pop-punk, emo and indie pop like few before her? Or any of the other luminaries on the list?
Ahead of the 2022 GRAMMYs ceremony on April 3, here's a rundown of the Album Of The Year nominees.
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Jon Batiste — WE ARE
The Stay Human bandleader works in a multitude of formats, from film soundtracks to American Symphony, an upcoming large-scale work at Carnegie Hall.
"I'm involved in so many different types of things that so much of my life is balancing the amount of things I have going on and maintaining artistic integrity and keeping my values intact," he told GRAMMY.com in 2021. "It's hard to even encapsulate in one presentation of a thought."
But as a plain old album artist, he's as inventive and luminous as ever — as attests his genre-straddling 2021 album WE ARE — which features other rootsy, GRAMMY-honored greats like PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty and the Hot 8 Brass Band.
Tracks like "FREEDOM," "TELL THE TRUTH" and the title track show that this unique American talent may be kaleidoscopic in his pursuits, but he's able to hone his multifarious talents to a fine point.
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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Love for Sale
After more than seven decades in the game, Bennett is hanging up his mic: the vocal jazz titan (and Frank Sinatra's BFF) recently retired at 95 due to his worsening Alzheimer's.
Before he did, though, the 18-time GRAMMY winner signed off with this classy program of well-worn Cole Porterstandards with Lady Gaga — herself a 12-time GRAMMY winner.
"There's a lot about him that I miss because he's not the old Tony anymore," Bennett's wife, Susan Benedetto, recently expressed in light of his diagnosis. "But when he sings, he's the old Tony."
Indeed, Love for Sale is the work of an American icon not fading away, but going out on top — and Gaga's inspired counterpoint is a fundamental reason it works so well.
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Justin Bieber — Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
The cherubic teenybopper turned mature artist made a quantum leap with his 2020 album Changes. And if its follow-up is any indicator, that momentum shows no signs of slowing.
Justice, which arrived in the spring of 2021, is where the two-time GRAMMY winner and 14-time nominee got rangier than ever and trumpeted his personal values loudest. No longer was he projecting a bad-boy image or a redemption arc, but simply being an artist.
On tracks like "As I Am," "Hold On" and "Peaches," Bieber came to the table with a clear message to the world — both personal and apropos to the wild world where he grew up in public.
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Doja Cat — Planet Her (Deluxe)
As pop trajectories go, Doja Cat has had one of the oddest in recent memory — the TikTok wunderkind undulating in a cow costume has now perforated the highest echelon of the music industry. But the mind-blowing success of Planet Her shows her zenith is still ahead of her.
With a little help from collaborators Young Thug, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, J.I.D. and SZA, she cooks up an assemblage of pop pleasures, like "Payday," "Need to Know" and "Kiss Me More." With "Mooo!" in the rearview and a massive debut album under her belt, the world is Doja Cat's oyster.
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Billie Eilish — Happier Than Ever
It was anyone's guess where Eilish (and her talented brother FINNEAS) could have gone after When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, but the seven-time GRAMMY winner went deeper than any of us could have imagined.
With a dyed-blonde Billie on the cover and gems like "My Future,” "Your Power" and the title track in the grooves, Happier Than Ever is a masterclass in candor, restraint and elegance.
Happier Than Ever arguably crescendos with the interlude "Not My Responsibility," where Eilish has a few words for online vultures who judge her appearance — a musical mirror to the IDGAF approach she’s taken in this new era, kicking off with her viral Vogue cover story in May.
"Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest?/ Am I my stomach? My hips?" she asks in the track, in just above a whisper. "The body I was born with / Is it not what you wanted?"
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H.E.R. — Back of My Mind
As the traditional template of a Prince-style triple threat goes, H.E.R. has the whole package. Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson is an equally talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Now, the four-time GRAMMY winner is out with her bold and revealing debut album (but third Album of the Year contender overall), Back of My Mind.
"I often say things that I think we're afraid to say," Wilson told MTV News in 2021. "I sing the things that are sometimes hard to articulate, the things that sit in the back of our minds that we don't pay much attention to."
She's a smashing success at this spiritual work — personal-yet-universal tunes like "We Made It," "Bloody Waters" and "Hold On" express the hard emotions we're collectively feeling.
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Lil Nas X — Montero
Some thought Lil Nas X had peaked with his Trent Reznor- and Atticus Ross-assisted "Old Town Road" and its various remixes — that his legacy would forever be hung on a single tune, "Mambo No. 5" or "Incense and Peppermints" style.
Of course, that's not what happened: The proudly gay and Black rapper, singer and songwriter let his critics eat crow with his debut album, Montero.
Colorful and heartfelt highlights like "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," "Industry Baby" and "Thats What I Want" demonstrate that Lil Nas X has a multiplicity of roads ahead of him — all which lead straight into the heart of pop's future.
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Olivia Rodrigo — Sour
"Driver's License" would be enough for any artist to hang their hat on, but it was only the beginning for Rodrigo. As it turns out, all the various subgenres of the iPod generation — indie pop, pop-punk, emo — are grist for the mill.
Her debut album, Sour, is a freewheeling, emotionally rending trip through all those styles and more, the work of an artist who arrived fully-formed just shy of her 18th birthday.
Rodrigo's myriad of influences aside — Paramore and Billie Eilish are just two of the artists swimming around her consciousness — there's no mistaking her for anyone else. And that has a lot to do with her music's depth of emotional information.
"I hope people know that deep down, all that I do is write songs and talk about how I feel, and that's the most important thing to me," Rodrigo told Teen Vogue in 2021. "Everything else, I think, is not so important."
Taylor Swift — Evermore
We're so deep into the Taylor's Version era — and punch-drunk from the 10-minute version of "All Too Well" — that it's worth reminding ourselves just how paradigm-shifting Folklore and Evermore were back in 2020.
First, Swift ripped up the rulebook with Folklore, establishing her cottagecore aesthetic and deepening her storytelling acumen. Then she leaned into both even more — with a little help from go-to collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.
"To put it plainly, we just couldn't stop writing songs," Swift said in a social media post. "To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music."
Jewels like "Willow," "No Body, No Crime" (feat. Haim) and "Coney Island" (feat. the National)" show that Evermore doesn't suffer from sequelitis one iota — it's an equal and parallel force to its revelatory predecessor.
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Kanye West — Donda
We only get one of these artists per generation — it was John Lennon, then Kurt Cobain, and now Kanye West.
Now that the compounding controversies, tabloid drama, on-and-off Drake beef and parade of album delaysare behind us, Donda reveals itself for what it is. Ye's latest is a messy, sprawling, experimental ode to grief and God from a Govinda-like searcher.
Follow the trajectory of these songs and you get a more-or-less clean arc from pure bluster ("I'm pulled over and I got priors!" from "Jail") to a plea for divine redemption ("Come and purify me, come and sanctify me/ You the air that I breathe, the ultra-ultralight beam," from "Come to Life.")
Take it all as a whole with the staggering, shocking performance-art events, and one message shines brightly through the smoke and mirrors: we can't do this on our own.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012
(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).
Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.
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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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Pusha T Announces Daytona Tour, Drops "If You Know You Know" Video
The rapper will hit the road across the U.S. in support of his recently released, Kanye West-produced album
Pusha T has officially announced dates for his 2018 Daytona Tour. The Former Clipse rapper will hit the road for a 22-date U.S. tour in support the Kanye West-produced album launching in Denver on July 21 and wrapping up in Oakland, Calif. on Oct. 13. In addition to the tour announcement, Pusha also dropped a video for the lead-off track from Daytona, "If You Know You Know," directed by Shomi Patwary.
Daytona was released on May 25 as the first project of Kanye West's "Wyoming Sessions." Four of the album's songs have cracked the Billboard Hot 100 including "Infrared," "If You Know You Know," "The Games We Play," and "What Would Meek Do" featuring West. The album also debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
A full list of dates for the 2018 Daytona Tour, along with ticket information, can be found via LiveNation's website.