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Women Own 2024 Grammy Nominations: SZA Leads With Nine; Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo

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Women Own 2024 Grammy Nominations: SZA Leads With Nine; Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo Score Six Each© Provided by Hollywood Reporter

It's the year of women at the Grammy Awards: female acts make up seven of the eight nominees in the top three categories - with SZA leading the pack with nine overall nominations while Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus and boygenius earned six nods a piece.

Album of the year nominees include SZA's SOS, Swift's Midnights, Rodrigo's Guts, Cyrus' Endless Summer Vacation, boygenius' the record, Lana Del Rey's Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd and Janelle Monáe's The Age of Pleasure. Jon Batiste is the solo male nominee, competing with World Music Radio.

Batiste is the only male artist nominated for song of the year ("Butterfly") and record of the year ("Worship"). Multiple songs are up for both honors, including Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" from Barbie, Swift's "Anti-Hero," SZA's "Kill Bill," Rodrigo's "Vampire" and Cyrus' "Flowers." Rounding out the song of the year contenders - an award for songwriters - are Del Rey's "A&W" and Dua Lipa's "Dance the Night" from Barbie, the white-hot soundtrack that scored 12 Grammy nominations thanks to hit singles by Eilish, Lipa, Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice and Ryan Gosling.

SZA scored nominations across the pop, R&B and rap fields. Her Phoebe Bridgers-assisted "Ghost In the Machine" is up for best pop duo/group performance; "Low" is nominated for best melodic rap performance; and she's up for four R&B honors, including best progressive R&B album (SOS), best R&B song ("Snooze"), best R&B performance ("Kill Bill") and best traditional R&B performance ("Love Language"). Another R&B star also made waves at the Grammys this year: singer-songwriter-producer-engineer Victoria Monét, who has co-written a plethora of Ariana Grande hits and also penned songs for other artists.

Monét scored seven nominations, including record of the year for "On My Mama," best new artist and best engineered album (non-classical) for Jaguar II. She's nominated for four R&B prizes, including best traditional R&B performance with "Hollywood," a collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire and Monét's two-year-old daughter Hazel, making her one of the youngest artists to be nominated for a Grammy.

Swift, who has won 12 Grammys, could make history as the first performer to win album of the year four times; she previously won with Fearless, 1989 and Folklore. Her new nominations include best pop vocal album for Midnights, best pop solo performance for "Anti-Hero" and best pop duo/group performance for "Karma" with Ice Spice, who is up for best new artist. Battling the Bronx rapper and Monét are genre-mashing country singer Jelly Roll, singer-songwriter Noah Kahan, country soul duo The War & Treaty, R&B singer Coco Jones, English producer-DJ Fred Again and pop singer Gracie Abrams.

Engineer Serban Ghenea earned seven nominations, while Brandy Clark, Jack Antonoff and Batiste have six apiece. Multiple acts earned five nods each, including Del Rey, Jones, Tyler Childers, Daniel Nigro, Ludwig Göransson and 21 Savage, most for his collaborative album with Drake. Her Loss was shut out of album of the year, but is up for best rap album and songs from the project are competing in three rap categories. Rap was largely left out of the top four prizes, except for Ice Spice's new artist nod.

Latin music was also snubbed. Despite having a huge streaming year and multiple acts reaching the pop charts, from Bad Bunny to Karol G to Peso Pluma, the genre was shut out of the top four categories. Pluma's Genesis is nominated for best música Mexicana album (including Tejano) and Karol G's Mañana Será Bonito - the first all-Spanish album by a female artist to top the Billboard 200 albums chart - is up for best música urbana album; that category only features three nominees since it had less than 40 entries. And sadly enough, the two biggest Latin hits of the year - "Un x100to" by Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny and "Ella Baila Sola" by Eslabón Armado and Pluma - were not submitted to the Grammys.

Country music also had a record-breaking year in streaming and on the pop charts, but missed out in the top three categories. Jelly Roll and The War & Treaty scored new artist nominations, but Luke Combs - who dominated with his cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" - was reduced to a single nomination: best country solo performance. Morgan Wallen fared worse - though he is arguably the top-performing artist of the year, he earned zero nominations. His song "Last Night," which topped the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, is nominated for best country song - but since he didn't write the tune, he isn't nominated.

Lainey Wilson won five CMA Awards including entertainer of the year, but was shut out of major categories; she earned two country nominations, including best country album for Bell Bottom Country. Zach Bryan also didn't score major nods but is competing for three country honors: best country album for Zach Bryan while his Kacey Musgraves-assisted hit, "I Remember Everything," is up for best country song and best country duo/group performance. Controversial country songs that topped the pop charts, including Jason Aldean's "Try This In a Small Town" and Oliver Anthony Music's "Rich Men North of Richmond," were completely shut out.

Doja Cat, whose latest album Scarlet will qualify at the 2025 Grammys, did earn nominations for its early singles: "Paint the Town Red" is up for best solo pop performance and "Attention" will compete for best rap song and best melodic rap performance.

Several famous celebrities scored nominations for best audiobook, narration and storytelling - including Meryl Streep, Michelle Obama, William Shatner and Senator Bernie Sanders. The best comedy album nominees are Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes and Sarah Silverman.

Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt earned multiple nominations for Barbie, including best compilation soundtrack. Songs from the album make up four of the five nominees for best song written for visual media: Lipa's "Dance the Night," Minaj and Ice Spice's "Barbie World," Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" and Gosling's "I'm Just Ken." Rounding out the five nominees is Rihanna's Oscar-nominated "Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The 2024 Grammys will air live on Feb. 4 from the Arena in Los Angeles. Final round voting takes place Dec. 14 through Jan. 4. Songs and albums eligible for nominations had to be released between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 15, 2023.

Record Of The Year

"Worship" - Jon Batiste

"Not Strong Enough" - boygenius

"Flowers" - Miley Cyrus

"What Was I Made For?" [From The Motion Picture Barbie] - Billie Eilish

"On My Mama" - Victoria Monét

"vampire" - Olivia Rodrigo

"Anti-Hero" - Taylor Swift

"Kill Bill" - SZA

Album Of The Year

World Music Radio - Jon Batiste

the record - boygenius

Endless Summer Vacation - Miley Cyrus

Did you know that there‘s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey

The Age of Pleasure - Janelle Monáe

Guts - Olivia Rodrigo

Midnights - Taylor Swift


Song Of The Year

"A&W"- Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey & Sam Dew, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

"Anti-Hero" - Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

"Butterfly" - Jon Batiste & Dan Wilson, songwriters (Jon Batiste)

"Dance The Night" (From Barbie The Album)- Caroline Ailin, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

"Flowers"- Miley Cyrus, Gregory Aldae Hein & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)

"Kill Bill"- Rob Bisel, Carter Lang & Solána Rowe, songwriters (SZA)

"vampire" ­- Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Oliva Rodrigo)

"What Was I Made For?" [From The Motion Picture Barbie]- Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

Gracie Abrams

Fred again..

Ice Spice

Jelly Roll

Coco Jones

Noah Kahan

Victoria Monét

The War and Treaty

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff

Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II


Metro Boomin

Daniel Nigro

Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical

Edgar Barrera

Jessie Jo Dillon

Shane McAnally

Theron Thomas

Justin Tranter

Best Pop Vocal Album

chemistry - Kelly Clarkson

Endless Summer Vacation - Miley Cyrus

Guts - Olivia Rodrigo

– (Subtract) - Ed Sheeran

Midnights - Taylor Swift

Best Pop Dance Recording

"Baby Don't Hurt Me" - David Guetta, Anne-Marie & Coi Leray

"Miracle" - Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding

"Padam Padam" - Kylie Minogue

"One in a Million" - Bebe Rexha & David Guetta

"Rush" - Troye Sivan

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

Playing Robots Into Heaven - James Blake

For That Beautiful Feeling - The Chemical Brothers

Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022) - Fred again..

Kx5 - Kx5

Quest For Fire - Skrillex

Best Rock Album

But Here We Are - Foo Fighters

Starcatcher - Greta Van Fleet

72 Seasons - Metallica

This Is Why - Paramore

In Times New Roman… - Queens of the Stone Age

Best Alternative Music Album

The Car - Arctic Monkeys

the record - boygenius

Did you know that there‘s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey

Cracker Island - Gorillaz

I Inside the Old Year Dying - PJ Harvey

Best R&B Album

Girls Night Out - Babyface

What I Didn‘t Tell You (Deluxe) - Coco Jones

Special Occasion - Emily King

JAGUAR II - Victoria Monét

CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP - Summer Walker

Best Melodic Rap Performance

"Sittin' On Top Of The World" - Burna Boy Featuring 21 Savage

"Attention" - Doja Cat

"Spin Bout U" - Drake & 21 Savage

"All My Life" - Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole

"Low" - SZA

Best Rap Song

"Attention" - Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini & Ari Starace, songwriters (Doja Cat)

"Barbie World" [From Barbie The Album] - Isis Naija Gaston, Ephrem Louis Lopez Jr. & Onika Maraj, songwriters (Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice Featuring Aqua)

"Just Wanna Rock" - Mohamad Camara, Symere Woods & Javier Mercado, songwriters (Lil Uzi Vert)

"Rich Flex" - Brytavious Chambers, Isaac "Zac" De Boni, Aubrey Graham, J. Gwin, Anderson Hernandez, Michael "Finatik" Mule & Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, songwriters (Drake & 21 Savage)

"SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS" - Andre Benjamin, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Michael Render, Tim Moore & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future & Eryn Allen Kane)

Best Alternative Jazz Album

Love In Exile - Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily

Quality Over Opinion - Louis Cole

SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree - Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, SuperBlue

Live At The Piano - Cory Henry

The Omnichord Real Book - Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Country Album

Rolling Up the Welcome Mat - Kelsea Ballerini

Brothers Osborne - Brothers Osborne

Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan

Rustin‘ In The Rain - Tyler Childers

Bell Bottom Country - Lainey Wilson

Best Americana Album

Brandy Clark - Brandy Clark

The Chicago Sessions - Rodney Crowell

You‘re the One - Rhiannon Giddens

Weathervanes - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The Returner - Allison Russell

Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

Bordado a Mano - Ana Bárbara

La Sánchez - Lila Downs

Motherflower - Flor de Toloache

Amor Como en las Películas de Antes - Lupita Infante

GÉNESIS - Peso Pluma

Best African Music Performance

"Amapiano" - ASAKE & Olamide

"City Boys" - Burna Boy

"UNAVAILABLE" - Davido Featuring Musa Keys

"Rush" - Ayra Starr

"Water" - Tyla

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Televison)

Barbie - Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, composers

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Ludwig Göransson, composer

The Fabelmans - John Williams, composer

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny - John Williams, composer

Oppenheimer - Ludwig Göransson, composer

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