The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Pop Solo Performance. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which artists have been nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
"Spirit" (Performed by Beyoncé)
Written for the major motion picture, The Lion King, "Spirit" is a collaboration with Lebo M. and Hans Zimmer, who also scored the film, and features Queen B's signature soaring, melismatic vocal complete with falsetto breakdown bridge, gospel choir and dramatic key change.
Beyoncé detailed the album project in a statement, saying, “This is sonic cinema... This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”
"bad guy" (Performed by Billie Eilish)
Co-written by pop wunderkind Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS, "bad guy" is the fifth single from Eilish's debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and famously ended the record-breaking 19-week run of "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
"All I can say about that is I just don't even get it," Eilish told the Recording Academy of her rising success last year at Lollapalooza. It's just crazy to me because I grew up as a fan and I still am a fan, you know. I'm a fan of so much music and art and artists and stuff, and I grew up with their sort of mindset, and now, I'm seeing it from the other side, but also, being on the other side, it's weird. It's just something that doesn't happen, so when it happens, it's like, 'What the f*?'"
"7 rings" (Performed By Ariana Grande)
At the time of its release, Billboard reported that Ariana Grande's "7 rings" video, which dropped at the same time with the single, saw 23.6 million views in the first 24 hours of its release. The single showed up on the singer's fifth studio album, thank u, next, which dropped in February.
Grande received her first career GRAMMY nominations in 2014 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj and Best Pop Vocal Album for her second studio album, My Everything. Grande made her GRAMMY stage debut at the 57th GRAMMY Awards, performing "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart."
"Truth Hurts" (Performed By Lizzo)
Originally released in September 2017, "Truth Hurts" (written by Lizzo, Jesse Saint John, Tele and Ricky Reed) found new life in 2019 after going viral on TikTok. The song is included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Lizzo's acclaimed third album Cuz I Love You and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You Need To Calm Down" (Performed by Taylor Swift)
For the video, Swift teamed up with Drew Kirsch, who has also directed videos for John Legend and Wallows, to create a trailer park community comprising some of the biggest LGBTQ+ celebrities and musicians around—RuPaul, Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of "Queer Eye," Adam Lambert and Hayley Kiyoko, to name a few.