Six Take Away Points From The Grammy Awards 2020 Nominations
The Grammy Awards are back, and - as ever - there's plenty of controversy.
The full list of nominations went live a few moments ago, and the lengthy list of categories makes for intriguing reading.
Who's been nominated? And who missed out?
Find the full list HERE then check out six key take away points...
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Lil Nas X takes an EP into Album Of The Year
Lil Nas X has undoubtedly been one of 2019’s defining artists. ‘Old Town Road’ has broken virtually every record going, its colossal success driven by a seemingly endless supply of remixes, collaborations, videos, and more.
His EP ‘7’ found Lil Nas X broadening his sound a little, supplying yet more chart-screaming singles in the process.
Remarkably, it’s also been nominated for Album Of The Year. Yep, in spite of only having seven songs, and – let’s be honest – not carrying the most gravitas in the world, it’s up for one of the major trophies at the Grammy Awards.
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Tyler, the Creator’s ‘IGOR’ Didn’t Make Album Of The Year
And as a consequence, Tyler’s mighty ‘IGOR’ was squeezed out. Sure, it’s up for Rap Album – which it could well win – but the decision to snub Tyler, the Creator following one of his staunchest creative works has already been noted by fans.
Indeed, given its open aesthetic stance, ‘IGOR’ scarcely classifies as a Rap Album – sure, it’s got some fantastic rap moments, but truly this is where Tyler comes closest to reaching full expression.
IGOR THEME pic.twitter.com/kgXdlAxwoW— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 14, 2019
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Where’s Jameela Jamil?
James Blake’s ‘Assume Form’ will do battle in Best Alternative Music Album. It’s an extremely broad category, for one – electronic leaning, ‘Assume Form’ will do battle with Big Thief, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, and Thom Yorke.
Replete with some magnificent collaborations – Rosalia, we’re looking at you – ‘Assume Form’ also had a spectral presence lingering in the background. James Blake’s partner Jameela Jamil has a full credit on the album, and he recently went public to discuss her role on the record.
In addition, women who help their partners with their album, being a sounding board and often their only emotional support during the process, almost invariably go uncredited, while majority male producers come in and make a tiny change to a track and they’re Mr. golden balls.— James Blake (@jamesblake) October 7, 2019
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Lizzo gets eight (eight!) nominations
Former Clash cover star Lizzo is one of the year’s defining artists, someone whose recently Brixton Academy shows turned the venue in a throbbing mass of feminine frenzy.
New album ‘Cuz I Love You’ has been emboldened by some spectacular single success, while her cross-genre appeal means she can attack soul from a hip-hop vantage point.
All of this is reflected in her colossal haul of Grammy nominations. Named in a total of eight categories, she’s up for: Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance...
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Real British Charge
There will be a huge British presence at the Grammy awards next year. James Blake has already been mentioned, and he’ll be joined by (deep breath!) The 1975, bring me the horizon, NAO, Ella Mai, Thom Yorke, Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Elvis Costello, Bonobo, and The Chemical Brothers, amongst others.
It’s quite a haul. In fact, if we count 21 Savage then British artists could be in for quite the night…
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Billie Eilish has already made history Dark-pop auteur and music prodigy Billie Eilish must be getting used to shattering records. Her debut album has become a global smash, and this will quite rightly be reflected at the Grammy Awards 2020.
In all, she’s gained six nominations, with Billie Eilish becoming the youngest ever artist to get nods in the four major categories: Album, Record, Song, and Best New Artist.
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Grammy Awards 2020 take place on January 26th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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