JAY-Z SETS MARK FOR MOST GRAMMY NOMINATIONS EVER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jay-Z is now king of the hill when it comes to Grammy nominations. The veteran rapper ended up with three Grammy nods yesterday – and that moved him into the top spot with 83 nominations – 23 of them ending up in victory. The 83 nods push him three ahead of the previous mark holder, Quincy Jones.
SILK SONIC PICKS UP FOR NOMINATIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a musical pairing that made its debut on the Grammys show last year. Now, Silk Sonic could win awards on the upcoming awards show. The duo, made up of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, have four nominations. They include record of the year, song of the year, best R&B song and best R&B performance. Between the two, Mars and .Paak have 15 Grammys.
JON BATISTE, THE WEEKND AMONG TOP GRAMMY STORIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – This year’s Grammys produced two big surprises. One was that Jon Batiste ended up with so many nominations, 11. The other was that The Weeknd got any at all. Batiste’s nods came in a wide field of categories, including R&B, jazz, American roots, classical and music video as well as for two big categories: album and record of the year. Meanwhile, it seemed The Weeknd would never be welcome at the Grammys after beefing about being shut out last year, calling the Recording Academy “corrupt.” Despite that, he got three nominations. Other acts with multiple nods include Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R., each with eight. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo both had seven nods.
OLD-SCHOOL PERFORMERS GET GRAMMY SPOTLIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – These days, pop music and its fans skew young. But this year, it isn’t just youth being served. The age range for this year’s record of the year category runs from 18 to 95. The oldest nominee is Tony Bennett, who already has 18 Grammy wins. He’s nominated with Lady Gaga for their version of “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Also getting Grammy love is another longtime music act: ABBA. The Scandinavian foursome earned their first-ever nod for their comeback song, “I Still Have Faith In You.”
MORGAN WALLEN SHUT OUT OF GRAMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – His album was one of the best-selling of the year. But Morgan Wallen has come up empty when it comes to Grammy consideration. He got zero nods – and it’s part of a trend by the music industry to shun him after he was caught on videotape shouting a racial slur. Already, Wallen had been disqualified or limited from several music award shows.
GRAMMYS – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A list of nominees in the top categories at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy.
– Album of the year: “We Are,” Jon Batiste; “Love For Sale,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe),” Justin Bieber; “Planet Her (Deluxe Edition),” Doja Cat; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish; “Back of My Mind,” H.E.R.; “MONTERO,” Lil Nas X; “Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo; “Evermore,” Taylor Swift; “Donda,” Kanye West.
– Record of the year: “I Still Have Faith in You,” ABBA; “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Peaches,” Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon; “Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile; “Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat featuring SZA; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish; “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X; “Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo; “Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic.
– Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Bad Habits,” Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran; “A Beautiful Noise,” Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters; “Drivers License,” Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo; “Fight For You,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell; “Kiss Me More,” Roget Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solana Rowe and David Sprecher; “Leave The Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars; “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill and Roy Lenzo; “Peaches,” Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman and Keavan Yazdani; “Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.
– Best new artist: Arooj Aftab; Jimmie Allen; Baby Keem; Finneas; Glass Animals; Japanese Breakfast; The Kid Laroi; Arlo Parks; Olivia Rodrigo; Saweetie.
– Best pop solo performance: “Anyone,” Justin Bieber; “Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish; “Positions,” Ariana Grande; “Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo.
– Best pop duo/group performance: “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Lonely,” Justin Bieber and benny blanco; “Butter,” BTS; “Higher Power,” Coldplay; “Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat featuring SZA.
– Best pop vocal album: “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe),” Justin Bieber; “Planet Her (Deluxe), Doja Cat; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish; “Positions,” Ariana Grande; “Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo.
– Best traditional pop vocal album: “Love for Sale,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “‘Til We Meet Again (Live),” Norah Jones; “A Tori Kelly Christmas,” Tori Kelly; “Ledisi Sings Nina,” Ledisi; “That’s Life,” Willie Nelson; “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” Dolly Parton.
– Best dance/electronic album: “Subconsciously,” Black Coffee; “Fallen Embers,” Illenium; “Music is the Weapon (Reloaded), Major Lazer; “Shockwave,” Marshmello; “Free Love,” Sylvan Esso; “Judgement,” Ten City.
– Best rock album: “Power Up,” AC/DC; “Capitol Cuts – Live from Studio A,” Black Pumas; “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1,” Chris Cornell; “Medicine at Midnight,” Foo Fighters; “McCartney III,” Paul McCartney.
– Best alternative music album: “Shore,” Fleet Foxes; “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,” Halsey; “Jubilee,” Japanese Breakfast; “Collapsed In Sunbeams,” Arlo Parks; “Daddy’s Home,” St. Vincent.
– Best progressive R&B album: “New Light,” Eric Bellinger; “Something to Say,” Cory Henry; “Mood Valiant,” Hiatus Kaiyote; “Table for Two,” Lucky Daye; “Dinner Party: Dessert,” Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder and Kamasi Washington; “Studying Abroad: Extended Stay,” Masego.
– Best R&B album: “Temporary Highs in Violet Skies,” Snoh Aalegra; “We Are,” Jon Batiste; “Gold-Diggers Sound,” Leon Bridges; “Back of My Mind,” H.E.R.; “Heaux Tales,” Jazmine Sullivan.
– Best rap album: “The Off-Season,” J. Cole; “Certified Lover Boy,” Drake; “King’s Disease II,” Nas; “Call Me If You Get Lost,” Tyler, the Creator; “Donda,” Kanye West.
– Best country album: “Skeleton,” Brothers Osborne; “Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton; “The Marfa Tapes,” Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram; “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson; “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton.
– Best jazz vocal album: “Generations,” The Baylor Project; “Superblue,” Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter; “Time Traveler,” Nnenna Freelon; “Flor,” Gretchen Parlato; “Songwrights Apothecary Lab,” Esperanza Spalding.
– Best jazz instrumental album: “Jazz Selections: Music From and Inspired by Soul,” Jon Batiste; “Absence,” Terence Blanchard featuring The E Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet; “Skyline,” Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba; “Akoustic Band Live,” Chick Corea, John Patitucci and Dave Weckl; “Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV),” Pat Metheny.
– Best gospel album: “Changing Your Story,” Jekalyn Carr; “Royalty: Live at the Ryman,” Tasha Cobbs Leonard; “Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition,” Maverick City Music; “Jonny x Mali: Live in LA,” Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; “Believe for It,” CeCe Winans.
– Best contemporary Christian music album: “No Stranger,” Natalie Grant; “Feels Like Home Vol. 2,” Israel and New Breed; “The Blessing (Live),” Kari Jobe; “Citizen of Heaven (Live),” Tauren Wells; “Old Church Basement,” Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music.
– Best Latin pop album: “Vertigo,” Pablo Alboran; “Mis Amores,” Paula Arenas; “Hecho a La Antigua,” Ricardo Arjona; “Mis Manos,” Camilo; “Mendo,” Alex Cuba; “Revelacion,” Selena Gomez.
– Best Latin urban album: “Afrodisiaco,” Rauw Alejandro; “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo,” Bad Bunny; “Jose,” J Balvin; “KG0516,” Karol G; “Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios),” Kali Uchis.
– Best Latin rock or alternative album: “Deja,” Bomba Estereo; “Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer (Deluxe Edition), Diamante Electrico; “Origen,” Juanes; “Calambre,” Nathy Peluso; “El Madrileno, C. Tangana; “Sonidos de Karmatica Resonancia,” Zoe.
– Best reggae album: “Pamoja,” Etana; “Positive Vibration,” Gramps Morgan, “Live N Livin,” Sean Paul; “Royal,” Jesse Royal; “Beauty in the Silence,” Soja; “10,” Spice.
– Best spoken word album: “Aftermath,” LeVar Burton, “Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation from John Lewis,” Don Cheadle; “Catching Dreams: Live at Fort Knox Chicago,” “8:46,” Dave Chappelle and Amir Sulaiman; “A Promised Land,” Barack Obama.
– Best comedy album: “The Comedy Vaccine,” Lavell Crawford; “Evolution,” Chelsea Handler; “Sincerely Louis CK,” Louis C.K.; “Thanks for Risking Your Life,” Lewis Black; “The Greatest Average American,” Nate Bargatze; “Zero F—s Given,” Kevin Hart.
– Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Cruella”; “Dear Evan Hansen”‘ “In the Heights,” “One Night in Miami.”; “Respect”; “Schmigadoon! Episode 1”; “The United States vs. Billie Holliday.”
– Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Bridgerton,” Kris Bowers; “Dune,” Hans Zimmer; “The Mandalorian: Season 2 – Vol. 2,” Ludwig Goransson; “The Queen’s Gambit,” Carlos Rafael Rivera; “Soul,” Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
– Producer of the year, non-classical: Jack Antonoff; Roget Chahayed; Mike Elizondo; Hit-Boy; Ricky Reed.
– Best music video: “Shot in the Dark,” AC/DC; “Freedom,” Jon Batiste; “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Peaches,” Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish; “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name),” Lil Nas X; “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo.
– Best music film: “Inside”; “David Byrne’s American Utopia”; “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles”; “Music, Money, Madness.Jimi Hendrix in Maui”; “Summer of Soul.”
“LATE SHOW” BANDLEADER JON BATISTE GETS 11 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It won’t just be Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert facing off for TV ratings as the year draws to an end. Their respective bandleaders are up for Grammy Awards. Right now, the lead goes to Jon Batiste, of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” He has 11 nominations, most of anyone. Two nods are in key categories: album and record of the year. Batiste’s nods span multiple categories, including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video. Batiste says he is in “a state of astonishment and shock.” Meanwhile, Questlove of the Roots is nominated for best music film for his documentary, “Summer of Soul.” He and his band play for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
GRAMMYS AND COMEDY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two comedians recently caught up in controversy are up for Grammys. Dave Chappelle is nominated for best spoken word album for “8:46,” a special he did last year after the killing of George Floyd. His nomination comes as Chappelle is embroiled in backlash from a Netflix special in which he made comments critics say were anti-transgender. Louis C.K., meanwhile, is up for best comedy album. The project marks a comeback after he acknowledged sexual misconduct allegations made against him by several women in 2017.
FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS GRAMMY NOMINATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Barack Obama’s latest book has earned him a Grammy nod. The audio version of “A Promised Land” is up for Best Spoken Word album. Among those he’ll be competing with are LeVar Burton, Don Cheadle and Dave Chappelle.
MICHAEL STRAHAN HEADED OFF TO SPACE
UNDATED (AP) – He has to get up early for his work on “Good Morning America.” Now Michael Strahan is getting ready to get up – into space. He will be launched on a mission aboard a Blue Origin spacecraft on Dec. 9. Strahan, who just turned 50, will fly along with the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space.
TUCKER CARLSON RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Tucker Carlson’s interview with acquitted murder defendant Kyle Rittenhouse has been a ratings bonanza. Nielsen reports the Monday sit-down reached 5.05 million viewers. It’s the largest audience for Carlson on his Fox News show since the night of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Rittenhouse was acquitted last week and his family says it gave Carlson the “get” because of the support he’d given him on the air.
WRESTLING FAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING AFTER FIGHTER IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) – Spectators at a pro wrestling match in New York got a little more than they paid for the other night. A man got past a metal barricade at Barclays Center – and tacked wrestler Seth Rollins to the ground. Clips posted on “Monday Night Raw” show that after Rollins was taken down, he was able to push the man off – and referees grabbed him. Police say the man was arrested and faces charges, including attempted assault.