UPDATE There no country albums in the general Album of the Year category! Kacey Musgraves, who won Album of the Year a couple of years ago in 2019 for “Golden Hour,” didn’t make it for “StarCrossed.” Neither did Chris Stapleton or Sturgill Simpson! Kacey complained to the Recording Academy that “Star Crossed” wasn’t let into the country category. And now it’s been eliminated from the mainstream, too.
The 2022 Grammy nominations are a little different than in past years. This is the first time in 3 decades that the entire Recording Academy voted for the nominees. The special committees are gone.
But somehow Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” which was highly praised and a hot seller got nothing.
Bruce Springsteen’s “Letter to You,” released in October 2020, was totally forgotten.
On the plus side, Paul McCartney, age 79, got Best Rock Song and Rock Album nominations for “Find Your Way” and “McCartney III.”
Kanye West scooped several nods for Album of the Year for “Donda” and Best Rap Melodic Song for “Hurricane.” His songs, however, were not in the general categories.
Drake had R&B nominations but his album, “Certified Lover Boy” was not nominated for Album of the Year.
Bo Burnham’s “Inside Bo Burnham” got a Comedy Album nod. But it also didn’t make the general Album of the Year category. None of its songs were nominated either despite being a bestseller.
Full list to come…