Grammy Nominations 2020: Lizzo leads with 8 nods followed by Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish as new acts rule the roster

The Grammys have announced the first nominees for its 2020 show, and contenders include Beyoncé and Taylor Swift apart from a range of newcomers


                            Grammy Nominations 2020: Lizzo leads with 8 nods followed by Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish as new acts rule the roster

NEW YORK: The Grammys are screaming 'Cuz I Love You' to Lizzo as the breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show's top-nominated act.

Lizzo picked up nominations for album of the year with her major-label debut, 'Cuz I Love You' along with song and record of the year with her anthemic No. 1 hit, 'Truth Hurts' as well as best new artiste.

Like Lizzo, other new artistes dominated the Grammy nominations on Wednesday, November 20, with Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X earning six nominations each.

Eilish also scored nominations in the top four categories, making the 17-year-old the youngest artiste in the history of the Grammys to achieve the feat. The 20-year-old Lil Nas X is up for three of the top four awards, including album and record of the year for 'Old Town Road', featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Lizzo's 'Cuz I Love You', Eilish's 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' and Lil Nas X's '7' — an 8-song EP — will compete for the album of the year along with Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next', Bon Iver's 'I,I', Vampire Weekend's 'Father of the Bride', H.E.R.'s 'I Used to Know Her' and Lana Del Rey's 'Norman (Expletive) Rockwell!'

Nominees for record of the year include songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, including 'Old Town Road', 'Truth Hurts', Eilish's 'Bad Guy', Grande's '7 Rings' and Post Malone and Swae Lee's 'Sunflower'. H.E.R.'s 'Hard Place', Bon Iver's 'Hey, Ma' and Khalid's 'Talk', which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100, round out the eight nominees.

In this July 10, 2019 file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert in New York. Swift’s newest album 'Lover' was released a week before the Grammys’ due date, and could snag a nomination. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

While Taylor Swift was shut out of the album of the year with 'Lover', the album’s title track earned a nomination for song of the year, a songwriter's award. It will compete with 'Truth Hurts', 'Bad Guy', 'Hard Place', Lady Gaga's 'Always Remember Us This Way' from 'A Star Is Born', Lewis Capaldi's 'Someone You Loved', Lana Del Rey's 'Norman (Expletive) Rockwell' and Tanya Tucker's 'Bring My Flowers Now', co-written by Brandi Carlile.

Swift earned three nominations, while Beyoncé — who was shut out of the top three categories — scored four. While her groundbreaking 'Homecoming' documentary earned a nomination for best music film, its album version didn't pick up any nominations.

Instead her 'The Lion King: The Gift' project — which features songs inspired by 'The Lion King', for which she voiced the character Nala — is up for best pop vocal album, competing with projects from Ed Sheeran, Swift, Eilish and Grande.

Beyoncé's 'Spirit', from 'The Lion King' which is being pushed for an Oscar consideration, is up for best pop solo performance along with Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down', 'Truth Hurts', 'Bad Guy' and '7 Rings'.

Overall, female acts out-performed their male counterparts in the top four categories: Five of the eight album-of-the-year contenders are women, while seven of the eight song-of-the-year nominees are by women. Female musicians also rule in the best new artiste category, though record of the year is evenly split.

Grande, who won her first Grammy earlier this year, scored five nominations, as did H.E.R. and Finneas, Eilish’s older brother who co-wrote, co-produced and engineered her debut album. Finneas' nominations include producer of the year (non-classical) and best engineered album (non-classical).

In this June 2, 2018 file photo., Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Grande, who won her first Grammy earlier this year, scored five Grammy Award nominations on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)

Several acts picked up four nominations, including J. Cole, Gary Clark Jr., Lucky Daye, Thom Yorke, Bob Ludwig and Tanya Tucker, who in August released her first album of new songs in 17 years.

British country-soul performer Yola also scored four bids, including best new artiste, pitting her against Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Eilish, pop singer Maggie Rogers, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas, the Austin-based duo Black Pumas and Spanish singer Rosalía, who won album of the year at last week's Latin Grammys.

Lizzo's road to the Grammys has been a long one: The 31-year-old, who performed with Prince on his 'Plectrumelectrum' album, grinded as an independent and touring artiste for years before signing a major-label deal, releasing her first album in 2013.

But this year marked her major breakthrough: Her song 'Truth Hurts' topped the charts for seven weeks; she's wowed audiences with her live performances — including her twerking while playing the flute. She's also graced several magazine covers, earning praise for promoting body positivity and denouncing fat shaming.

This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Lizzo performing at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles. Singer-rapper Lizzo earned eight Grammy Award nominations, Wednesday, Nov. 20, making her the show’s top-nominated act. The 62nd Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

But Lizzo has also had her fair share of critics: Some felt she shouldn't qualify for best new artiste at the Grammys since she's been on the music scene for years. Others thought since 'Truth Hurts' was originally released in 2017, it shouldn't qualify for the 2020 Grammys.

The Recording Academy said 'Truth Hurts' qualified because the song was never submitted for contention in the Grammys process and it appears on an album released during the eligibility period for the upcoming show.

'Truth Hurts' was co-written by Tele, Jesse Saint John and Ricky Reed, who is nominated for producer of the year (non-classical). Mina Lioness, the British singer who Lizzo gave writing credit to after using some of her viral tweet in the hit song, didn't appear on the list of writers nominated for song of the year for 'Truth Hurts'.

Lizzo’s label, Atlantic Records, told The Associated Press last week it was in the process of adding Lioness to the song's credits.

Lizzo’s other nominations include best urban contemporary album, best pop solo performance for 'Truth Hurts', best traditional R&B performance for 'Jerome' and best R&B performance for 'Exactly How I Am', which features Gucci Mane and marks the rapper's first Grammy nomination.

Another first-time nominee: former first lady Michelle Obama, who is nominated for best spoken word album for 'Becoming' (Barack Obama has won two Grammys in the same category).

 

This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Lil Nas X performing 'Old Town Road' at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. The rapper has earned six Grammy Award nominations, Wednesday, Nov. 20, including one for best new artist, album and record of the year for 'Old Town Road' featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Nipsey Hussle, who died in March and was nominated for best rap album earlier this year, scored three nominations: His song 'Racks In the Middle' is up for best rap performance and best rap song, while 'Higher' — a collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend that was one of the last songs Hussle recorded — is nominated for best rap/sung performance.

The Cranberries picked up a nomination for best rock album for their eighth and final album 'In the End' which the surviving members of the Irish band created using unfinished vocals from singer Dolores O'Riordan, who died last year.

The 2020 Grammys will hand out awards in its 84 categories live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26. Nominees were selected from more than 20,000 submissions, and the final round of voting runs from December 9 until January 3.

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