Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo is likely to hear her name called repeatedly Tuesday as nominations are announced for the 64th Grammy Awards, with the Disney actress-turned-singer-songwriter likely to land nods in the top categories of album, record and song of the year and best new artist.
Billie Eilish swept all four of those awards in 2020, becoming the first artist to do so since Christopher Cross in 1981. Rodrigo — powered by her album “Sour” and hit song “Drivers License” — looks like a strong favorite to land nominations in all four categories, and some pundits give her a better-than-average chance of sweeping the prizes when the Grammys are presented Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena as Staples Center will be known as of Dec. 25.
Rodrigo is virtually assured of a nod for best new artist, with the list of other potential nominees including Saweetie, The Kid Laroi, Celeste, Maneskin, Arlo Parks, Glass Animals and Gabby Barrett.
No longer considered a new artist, Eilish is still likely to land in the other three top categories of album, record and song of the year.
Eilish’s album “Happier Than Ever” is widely expected to score a nod for album of the year, joining Rodrigo’s “Sour.” Taylor Swift is also almost certain to land in the category for “Evermore,” with other potential nominees including Lil Nas X for “Montero,” Ariana Grande for “Positions,” Justin Bieber for “Justice” and H.E.R. for “Back of My Mind.”
Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” and Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” are both anticipated to snag nods for both record and song of the year. The record of the year award goes to the artist, while the song of the year prize recognizes the songwriters.
Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call My by Your Name)” could land in both categories, along with Doja Cat and SZA’s “Kiss Me More,” Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” and Taylor Swift’s “Willow.”
The Grammy nominations process has undergone an overhaul in the past year, following loud criticism that erupted last year over the use of nominating committees that determined nominees in most categories. The criticism came after The Weeknd, who had some of the most critically acclaimed work of the year, was snubbed in all categories.
According to the Recording Academy, the Nominations Review Committees — made up of unnamed “highly skilled music peers” — were eliminated this year for all genre and general categories, including the top honors of record, album and song of the year and best new artist. Instead, nominees will be determined by voting members of the academy.
“While change and progress are key drivers of our actions, one thing will always remain — the Grammy Award is the only peer-driven and peer-voted recognition in music,” Harvey Mason Jr., interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said when the change was announced. “We are honored to work alongside the music community year-round to further refine and protect the integrity of the awards process.”
In other rule changes, the number of genre field categories in which members can vote was reduced from 15 to 10, and the 10 categories can be spread across no more than three fields (genres). All voters, however, can vote in the top four general categories — album, song and record of the year and best new artist.
The academy also consolidated six “craft” fields into two — presentation and production.
Two new categories were also added — best global music performance and best música urbana album.
Mason will announce the nominations at 9 a.m. in a virtual event with Recording Academy Board of Trustees chair Tammy Hurt. H.E.R., Jon Batiste, Gayle King, BTS, Carly Pearce and others are also expected to take part. The announcement will be streamed online at live.grammy.com.
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