By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Author
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, together with bids for the highest 4 awards, making her the present’s top-nominated act.
Lizzo picked up nominations for album of the yr along with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You”; track and file of the yr along with her anthemic No. 1 hit, “Reality Hurts”; and greatest new artist.
Like Lizzo, different new artists dominated with Grammy nominations on Wednesday: Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X earned six nominations apiece.
Eilish additionally scored nominations within the high 4 classes, making the 17-year-old the youngest artist within the historical past of the Grammys to attain the feat. Lil Nas X, 20, is up for 3 of the highest 4 awards, together with album and file of the yr for “Outdated City Highway,” that includes Billy Ray Cyrus.
Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You,” Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go?” and Lil Nas X’s “7” — an 8-song EP — will compete for album of the yr together with Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Subsequent,” 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Nominees for file of the yr embody songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Scorching 100 chart this yr, together with “Outdated City Highway,” “Reality Hurts,” Eilish’s “Unhealthy Man,” Grande’s “7 Rings” and Put up Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower.” H.E.R.’s “Arduous Place,” Bon Iver’s “Hey, Ma” and Khalid’s “Speak,” which peaked at No. Three on the Scorching 100, spherical out the eight nominees.
Whereas Taylor Swift was shut out of album of the yr with “Lover,” the album’s title monitor earned a nomination for track of the yr, a songwriter’s award. It’ll compete with “Reality Hurts,” “Unhealthy Man,” “Arduous Place,” Girl Gaga’s “All the time Keep in mind Us This Manner” from “A Star Is Born,” Lewis Capaldi’s “Somebody You Liked,” Lana Del Rey’s “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell” and Tanya Tucker’s “Convey My Flowers Now,” co-written by Brandi Carlile.
Swift earned three nominations, whereas Beyoncé — who was shut out of the highest three classes — scored 4. Whereas her groundbreaking “Homecoming” documentary earned a nomination for greatest music movie, its album model didn’t choose up any nominations. As a substitute her “The Lion King: The Present” undertaking — which options songs impressed by “The Lion King,” for which she voiced the character Nala — is up for greatest pop vocal album, competing with initiatives from Ed Sheeran, Swift, Eilish and Grande. Beyoncé’s “Spirit,” from “The Lion King” which is being pushed for Oscar consideration, is up for greatest pop solo efficiency together with Swift’s “You Must Calm Down,” “Reality Hurts,” “Unhealthy Man” and “7 Rings.”
General, feminine acts out-performed their male counterparts within the high 4 classes: 5 of the eight album-of-the-year contenders are ladies, whereas seven of the eight song-of-the-year nominees are by ladies. Feminine musicians additionally rule in the most effective new artist class, although file of the yr is evenly cut up.
Grande, who gained her first Grammy earlier this yr, scored 5 nominations, as did H.E.R. and Finneas, Eilish’s older brother who co-wrote, co-produced and engineered her debut album. Finneas’ nominations embody producer of the yr (non-classical) and greatest engineered album (non-classical).
A number of acts picked up 4 nominations, together with J. Cole, Gary Clark Jr., Fortunate Daye, Thom Yorke, Bob Ludwig and Tanya Tucker, who in August launched her first album of latest songs in 17 years.
British country-soul performer Yola additionally scored 4 bids, together with greatest new artist, pitting her towards 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 gained album of the yr finally week’s Latin Grammys.
Lizzo’s highway to the Grammys has been an extended one: The 31-year-old, who carried out with Prince on his “Plectrumelectrum” album, grinded as an unbiased and touring artist for years earlier than signing a major-label deal, releasing her first album in 2013. However this yr marked her main breakthrough: Her track “Reality Hurts” topped the charts for seven weeks; she’s wowed audiences along with her reside performances — together with her twerking whereas taking part in the flute. She’s additionally graced a number of journal covers, incomes reward for selling physique positivity and denouncing fats shaming.
However Lizzo has additionally had her justifiable share of critics: Some felt she shouldn’t qualify for greatest new artist on the Grammys since she’s been on the music scene for years. Others thought since “Reality Hurts” was initially launched in 2017, it shouldn’t qualify for the 2020 Grammys. The Recording Academy stated “Reality Hurts” certified as a result of the track was by no means submitted for rivalry within the Grammys course of and it seems on an album launched throughout the eligibility interval for the upcoming present.
“Reality Hurts” was co-written by Tele, Jesse Saint John and Ricky Reed, who’s nominated for producer of the yr (non-classical). Mina Lioness, the British singer who Lizzo gave writing credit score to after utilizing a few of her viral tweet within the hit track, didn’t seem on the checklist of writers nominated for track of the yr for “Reality Hurts.” Lizzo’s label, Atlantic Information, informed The Related Press final week it was within the means of including Lioness to the track’s credit.
Lizzo’s different nominations embody greatest city modern album, greatest pop solo efficiency for “Reality Hurts,” greatest conventional R&B efficiency for “Jerome” and greatest R&B efficiency for “Precisely How I Am,” which options Gucci Mane and marks the rapper’s first Grammy nomination.
One other first-time nominee: former first girl Michelle Obama, who’s nominated for greatest spoken phrase album for “Turning into” (Barack Obama has gained two Grammys in the identical class).
Nipsey Hussle, who died in March and was nominated for greatest rap album earlier this yr, scored three nominations: His track “Racks Within the Center” is up for greatest rap efficiency and greatest rap track, whereas “Greater” — a collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend that was one of many final songs Hussle recorded — is nominated for greatest rap/sung efficiency.
The Cranberries picked up a nomination for greatest rock album for his or her eighth and remaining album, “Within the Finish,” which the surviving members of the Irish band created utilizing unfinished vocals from singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died final yr.
The 2020 Grammys will hand out awards in its 84 classes reside from the Staples Middle in Los Angeles on January 26. Nominees have been chosen from greater than 20,000 submissions, and the ultimate spherical of voting runs from Dec. 9 till Jan. 3.