A surprise decision by the Academy to expand the number of nominees in four major Grammy categories has been made. Rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Taylor Swift were added among the top Grammy nominees just 24 hours before the official nominations were announced, a New York Times report said.
Kanye West and Taylor nominated for 2022 Grammy Awards on a fluke
The organization behind the Grammy Awards decided Monday, November 22 to increase the number of nominees from eight to ten in four major Grammy categories. A last-minute decision just a day before the nominations were announced this week, paving the way for some rap stars including Taylor Swift , Kanye West, Lil Nas X Abba and many more rappers. Indeed, the New York Times report released on Wednesday indicated that West and Swift, already nominated in other categories, were late additions to the lineup for Album of the Year, with the rapper’s album Donda and Singer’s Evermore Joining List Containing Albums by Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, HER, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Jon Batiste
The Times also reported that the late expansion of the Record of the Year category saw Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” added to the roster. which already included songs from Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic and Brandi Carlile.
For the Song of the Year category, last-minute additions brought Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time”. The late expansion of Best New Artist added rapper Baby Keem and songwriter Arooj Aftab.
The Times reports that it was possible to see which artists were added at the last minute because those names were missing from the “final nominations list” of eight names in those categories, a list which the newspaper said was created. several days before the official announcement.
While revealing the nominations for the 2022 Grammys on Tuesday, the academy also announced that it was expanding the list of nominees in four general field categories, touting the move as a way “to make room for more music, more. artists and more genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusion.
In an interview with The Times , Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. touched on the last-minute extension and said they’ve been in the works for years, with the introduction taking place this year after they saw the Latin Grammys push their nominees list to 12. Mason Jr. also denied that the addition of Swift and West was for business reasons or to boost TV ratings.
Grammys Awards, a ceremony under the watchful eye of the critics
The most musical event significant US is an apple of discord for ages. The nominations of the Grammy Awards give rise to many controversies each year. On behalf of this year, the Times report comes at a time when the academy, already reeling from a series of management-level controversies, is trying to inject transparency into its process after repeated criticism. eminent artists.
It is still remembered that last year, Canadian singer The Weeknd said he would boycott the awards after his album After Hours failed incredibly to secure a single nomination, despite huge commercial success. After the shocking snub, The Weeknd, a hugely influential artist, said the Grammys were ” corrupt .” On behalf of the 64 th edition , the winners will be announced on 31 January 2022 in Los Angeles over the great mass of the Grammy Awards broadcast on CBS, one of the top five networks of national television in the US, and on the Internet .