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2022 GRAMMY Nominations Snubs and Surprises: Jon Batiste, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves and More

The nominees for the 2022 GRAMMYs are here — along with a few major snubs (no BTS in the Big 4?) and surprises (Jon Batiste, for the win!).

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Batiste leads the pack with 11 nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with eight apiece and Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish with seven.

However, as is the case every year, some names we expected to see didn’t make the cut, while other artists popped up in some truly unexpected categories. Here’s a look at some of the biggest snubs and surprises in the 2022 GRAMMY nods.

SNUBS

BTS Doesn’t Break Through

Many music fans thought this would be the year that a K-pop act would break into the Top 4 categories — whether it was a Best New Artist nod for BLACKPINK or Monsta X or a Record of the Year nod for BTS, but the GRAMMYs still have some catching up to do when it comes to the genre’s worldwide popularity. Thankfully, BTS’ hit, “Butter,” still earned them a well-deserved nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Gabby Barrett Blanked for Best New Artist

The 2022 noms were tough on country music, with Jimmie Allen’s Best New Artist nomination ending up as the only true country nomination in the Big 4 categories. Former American Idol star Gabby Barrett was predicted by many as a shoe-in for Best New Artist as well, having won the equivalent prize at the ACM Awards earlier this year. However, she missed out on that category, and with her hit 2020 album, Goldmine, landing outside of the eligibility period, the rising country star was blanked for GRAMMY noms this year.

Chris Stapleton Fails to Crack the Big 4

Stapleton has been a GRAMMY darling since his solo debut, which is why it was so surprising not to see his name in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year categories. Perhaps his acclaimed fourth studio album, Starting Over, was too far out of GRAMMY voters’ minds, having been released in November 2020. He did receive some recognition in the country categories, however, earning nods for Best Country Solo Performance for “You Should Probably Leave” and Best Country Song for “Cold.”

Lana Del Rey Is Out of the Club

Another name we’re used to seeing on GRAMMY nominations day, Del Rey failed to follow up Norman F***ing Rockwell’s 2020 Album of the Year nod with her latest effort, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. While Jack Antonoff was nominated for Producer of the Year with Chemtrails as one of his lauded credits, the album itself did not earn a nomination.

Morgan Wallen Is Uninvited… Again

While the CMA Awards and Billboard Music Awards made the decision not to invite Wallen to their awards ceremonies this year — despite his nominations in major categories — following his racial slur controversy, the GRAMMYs decided to save themselves the headache, snubbing his platinum sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album, in all categories.


SURPRISES

Jon Batiste Has a Big Day

A true musical jack of all trades, some may best know Batiste as Stephen Colbert’s charismatic band leader on The Late Show or the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning composer of Pixar’s Soul. But the multi-talented performer followed up two nominations at last year’s GRAMMYs with 11 this year, the most of any artist. He earned recognition for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album for his 2021 release, We Are, as well as nominations for Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Music Video.

Kacey’s Country After All

After a whole hubbub about her 2021 album, Star-Crossed, not being eligible in the Best Country Album category, Kacey Musgraves landed some country nods after all, earning nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her song, “Camera Roll.” You really can’t take the girl out of the country!

Selena Gomez Finds Her First Nom in Spanish

It may come as a surprise to hear that this is Gomez’s first GRAMMY nomination, but it’s true: the celebrated pop star has just missed out on the prestigious awards in the past. Gomez scored her first nod for her passion project, the Spanish-language album Revelación, which was recognized in the Best Latin Pop Album category.

ABBA’s Back and Nominated for the First Time!

The legendary Swedish pop quartet released Voyager, their first album in 40 years in 2021, and, in an even more exciting turn of events, they also received their first-ever GRAMMY nomination! The group earned a Record of the Year nod for “I Still Have Faith in You.”

Black Men Speak the Word

In a uniquely historic moment, the Best Spoken Word Album category features six Black men as its nominees. The category recognizes LeVar Burton, nominated for Aftermath, Don Cheadle for Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation From John Lewis, J. Ivy for Catching Dreams: Live at Fort Knox Chicago, Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman for 8:46, and Barack Obama for A Promised Land.

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and broadcast live on CBS.

By Meredith B. Kile‍ 

Below is the full list of nominations. Head over to Grammy.com for more information.

“I Still Have Faith in You” — ABBA

“I Get a Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

“Peaches” — Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & 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

Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish

“Bad Habits” — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

“A Beautiful Noise” — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile)

“drivers license” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)

“Fight For You” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

“Kiss Me More” —  Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. PowellII, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat featuring SZA)

“Leave The Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)

“Peaches” — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)

“Right On Time” — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish

Positions — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Solo Performance

“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 & Lady Gaga

“Lonely” — Justin Bieber & benny blanco

“Higher Power” — Coldplay

“Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Love for Sale — Tony Bennett & 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 Recording

“Hero” — Afrojack & David Guetta

“Loom” — Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo

“Heartbreak” — Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

“You Can Do It” — Caribou

Best Alternative Music Album

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power — Halsey

Jubilee — Japanese Breakfast

Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks

Daddy’s Home — St. Vincent

“Lost You” — Snoh Aalegra

“Peaches” — Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Leave The Door Open” — Silk Sonic

“Pick Up Your Feelings” — Jazmine Sullivan

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 & Kamasi Washington

Studying Abroad: Extended Stay — Masego

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“I Need You” — Jon Batiste

“Bring It on Home to Me” — BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton & Kenyon Dixon featuring Charlie Bereal

“Born Again” — Leon Bridges featuring Robert Glasper

“How Much Can a Heart Take” — Lucky Daye featuring Yebba

“Damage” — Anthony Clemens Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Good Days” — Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe & Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)

“Heartbreak Anniversary” — Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas & Varren Wade, songwriters (Giveon)

“Leave the Door Open” — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

“Pick Up Your Feelings” — Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies — Snoh Aalegra

Gold-Diggers Sound — Leon Bridges

Heaux Tales — Jazmine Sullivan

“Family Ties” — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“M Y . L I F E” — J. Cole featuring 21 Savage & Morray

“Way 2 Sexy” — Drake featuring Future & Young Thug

“Thot S***” — Megan Thee Stallion

Certified Lover Boy — Drake

Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator

Best Melodic Rap Performance

“P R I D E . I S . T H E . D E V I L” — J. Cole featuring Lil Baby

“Need to Know” — Doja Cat

“Industry Baby” — Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow

“Wusyaname” — Tyler, The Creator featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign

“Hurricane” — Kanye West featuring The Weeknd & Lil Baby

“Bath Salts” — Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones & Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX featuring JAY-Z & Nas)

“Best Friend” — Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas & Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie featuring Doja Cat)

“Family Ties” — Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour & Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Jail” — Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West featuring JAY-Z)

“M Y . L I F E” — Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole Featuring 21 Savage & Morray)

“Better Than We Found It” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)

“camera roll” — Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

“Cold” — Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

“Country Again” — Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley & Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)

“Fancy Like” — Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins & Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes)

“Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram &Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)

Best Country Solo Performance

“Forever After All” — Luke Combs

“Remember Her Name” — Mickey Guyton

“All I Do Is Drive” — Jason Isbell

“camera roll” — Kacey Musgraves

“You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood

“Younger Me” — Brothers Osborne

“Glad You Exist” — Dan + Shay

“Chasing After You” — Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” —  Elle King & Miranda Lambert

Skeletons — Brothers Osborne

Remember Her Name — Mickey Guyton

The Marfa Tapes — Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram

The Ballad of Dood & Juanita — Sturgill Simpson

Starting Over — Chris Stapleton

“Shot in the Dark” — AC/DC

“Know You Better (Live from Capitol Studio A)” — Black Pumas

“Nothing Compares 2 U” — Chris Cornell

“Making a Fire” — Foo Fighters

“The Alien” — Dream Theater

“Pushing the Tides” — Mastodon

“The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” — Rob Zombie

“All My Favorite Songs” — Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson & IlseyJuber, songwriters (Weezer)

“The Bandit” — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill &Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)

“Distance” — Wolfgang Van Halen, songwriter (Mammoth WVH)

“Find My Way” — Paul McCartney, songwriter (Paul McCartney)

“Waiting on a War” — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, NateMendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

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

Generations — The Baylor Project

SuperBlue — Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

Time Traveler — Nnenna Freelon

Songwrights Apothecary Lab — Esperanza Spalding

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 & Mali Music

Believe For It — CeCe Winans

Mis Amores — Paula Arenas

Hecho A La Antigua — Ricardo Arjona

Revelación — Selena Gomez

Afrodisíaco — Rauw Alejandro

El Último Tour Del Mundo — Bad Bunny

Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) 8 — Kali Uchis

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 Global Music Performance

“Do Yourself” — Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy

“Blewu” — Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo

“Essence” — WizKid featuring Tems

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis — Don Cheadle

Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago — J. Ivy

8:46 — Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman

A Promised Land — Barack Obama

Best Opera Recording Album

Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle — Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Glass: Akhnaten — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen — London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus & LSO DiscoveryVoices

Little: Soldier Songs — The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra

Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites — The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

“Shot In The Dark” — AC/DC

“I Get A Kick Out Of You” — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

“Peaches” — Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Happier Than Ever” — Billie Eilish

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — Lil Nas X

“Good 4 U” — Olivia Rodrigo

David Byrne’s American Utopia — David Byrne

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles — Billie Eilish

Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui — Jimi Hendrix

Summer Of Soul — Various Artists

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