The Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2024 Grammys on Friday, and with 94 categories, it’s a lot to digest. But we’re here to help — read our breakdown of the 17 Grammys facts you should know.
Male performers make up more than two-thirds of the winners of album of the year in Grammys history — but it’s ladies night at the 2024 show. Women count for seven of the eight nominees in the top category, including SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, boygenius and Taylor Swift, who can make history as the first performer to win the award four times.
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And female acts own seven of the eight slots in the song and record of the year categories, with artists like Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Victoria Monét pulling in major nominations. And behind the scenes in those major categories, producers and engineers are nominated like Catherine Marks, Sarah Tudzin, Yáng Tan and Laura Sisk, who earned three album of the year nods for her work on projects by Swift, Del Rey and Jon Batiste.
Women completely dominate in a number of other categories, including best pop solo performance, best pop duo/group performance, best pop vocal album, best alternative music performance, best R&B song and best R&B album.
Female rappers also performed well, with Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, Ice Spice and Coi Leray pulling in nominations. SZA’s nine noms even included one in rap.
Male artists are taking a back seat at the 2024 Grammys. Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Luke Combs and Travis Scott had major success but were all reduced to a single nomination each. Morgan Wallen caught major shade — despite having one of the biggest albums and singles of the year, he earned zero nominations. Instead, his hit “Last Night” is nominated for best country song, which doesn’t give Wallen a chance to win, because he didn’t write the track and that award is for songwriters only.
Country music had a record-breaking year but didn’t show up in the top three categories. Two of the biggest country hits of the year — Jason Aldean’s “Try This In a Small Town” and Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond”— caused controversy and as a result, didn’t make a splash at the Grammys. “Rich Men North of Richmond” had less of a shot — a source tells The Hollywood Reporter the song was submitted for song and record of the year, but was not submitted to the country music categories.
Olivia Rodrigo won three Grammys in her debut year, and she’s returning this year as a rock star. The 20-year-old earned her first rock nomination — best rock song — for “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl.” And her competition is fierce: She’s competing with The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and boygenius.
Despite dominating the pop charts and being a streaming juggernaut, Latin music didn’t appear in the top four categories. Karol G, who performed on a stadium tour this year, made history with Mañana Será Bonito but only received one nomination — in a Latin album category. Peso Pluma brought the traditional regional Mexican music sound to the mainstream, but he missed out on best new artist and only received a Latin album nomination.
Unfortunately, the two biggest Latin hits of the year — “Un x100to” by Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny and “Ella Baila Sola” by Eslabón Armado and Peso Pluma — were not submitted for nominations. And while acts like Bad Bunny, Shakira and Rosalía didn’t have albums in contention this year, they had songs that could compete but were shut out.
LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC
The Grammys are living in the Barbie dream house. The Barbie movie earned 12 nominations, including five for Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” (song, record, pop solo, visual media); two for Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” (song, visual media); two for Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World” (rap song, visual media); and one for Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken” (visual media); the nod goes to songwriters Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, not Gosling. The soundtrack also earned nominations for best compilation soundtrack and best score soundtrack.
Meryl Streep is now a seven-time Grammy nominee, but will she win this year? She’s up for best audiobook, narration and storytelling for Big Tree and has some big competition: Grammy winner Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, William Shatner and Rick Rubin.
The best comedy album category is stacked with Black stars, including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah and Wanda Sykes. Sarah Silverman rounds out the nominees.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story earned eight Emmy nominations and is competing for a Grammy in the category of best compilation soundtrack.
JILL OF ALL TRADES
Victoria Monét previously earned three Grammy nominations for writing and producing for Ariana Grande and Chloe x Halle, but now she’s competing with her own music. The star earned seven nominations for wearing various hats — she’s nominated as a performer, songwriter and engineer. Her nods include record of the year for “On My Mama,” best new artist and best R&B album for Jaguar II.
Speaking of Victoria Monét — Grammys nominations day is a family affair. Monét’s “Hollywood,” a collaboration with her two-year-old daughter Hazel, scored a nomination for best traditional R&B performance — making Hazel one of the youngest nominees in Grammys history.
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM
Drake has had issues with the Grammys and chose to stay away from the awards show for years. He’s returned this year, but he may not be smiling: His album with 21 Savage, Her Loss, didn’t pick up nominations in the major categories. Instead, the duo earned four rap nods. When Drake’s Certified Lover Boy failed to earn top nominations but received two in rap, he withdrew the nods and critiqued the Recording Academy.
Rap was shut out of the top four awards, with Ice Spice representing the genre in the best new artist field.
LONG LIVE THE DEAD
Documentaries about iconic performers are well represented in the best music film category. Nominees include Moonage Daydream (David Bowie), I Am Everything (Little Richard) and Dear Mama (Tupac Shakur). A new animated music video for the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping,” featured on the Fab Four’s reissue of their classic 1966 album Revolver, was released last year and is up for best music video.
Chick Corea, who died in 2021, earned a posthumously nomination for best classical compendium with “Sardinia.”
GET TO KNOW: SERBAN GHENEA
Canadian music engineer Serban Ghenea has won 19 Grammys, including four for album of the year. He’s nominated for seven awards this year, including three for record of the year since he worked on Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” and Jon Batiste’s “Worship.” He’s nominated twice in two other categories: album of the year (Swift’s Midnights, Rodrigo’s Guts) and best pop dance recording (David Guetta’s “Baby Don’t Hurt Me,” Bebe Rexha’s “One In A Million”).
MAKE ME WATER
South African newcomer Tyla has blown up TikTok with her dance-inducing song “Water,” and now it’s nominated for a Grammy. It will compete for best African music performance, a new category, while the song continues to climb up the Billboard pop charts (so far it’s peaked at No. 21).
WILLIE AT 90
Willie Nelson is 90, entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week and is still earning Grammy nominations. His album Bluegrass is nominated for, well, best bluegrass album.
Ludwig Göransson and John Williams own the best compilation soundtrack category. Both composers scored two nominations each in the category: Göransson is competing with Oppenheimer and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, while Williams has The Fabelmans and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. But the competition is stiff: Barbie is also up for the award.
Göransson’s five nominations also include best song written for visual media for the Oscar-nominated “Lift Me Up” with Rihanna, along with best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella and best instrumental composition for “Can You Hear the Music.” Williams also earned a nod for best instrumental composition for “Helena’s Theme.”
20 YEARS LATER
Two decades after Alicia Keys released her beloved sophomore album The Diary of Alicia Keys — which won her three Grammys — the album is competing again. The album reissue is nominated for best immersive audio album, and Keys scored a nod as an immersive producer.
Interscope Geffen A&M Records has left the competition in the dust. The Universal Music label has four albums competing for album of the year — more than any other label — with Olivia Rodrigo’s Guts, Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, Jon Batiste’s World Music Radio and boygenius’ the record. The label earned 38 overall nominations, including 13 in the top four categories. In both song and record of the year, the company has four noms each thanks to Batiste’s “Worship” and “Butterfly,” boygenius’ “Not Strong Enough,” Rodrigo’s “Vampire,” Del Rey’s “A&W” and Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?”
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