GRAMMY 2020 Nominations are out: Lizzo leads the Pack with 8. Taylor Swift Snubbed? Still Gaga for Gaga? Where’s Beyoncé?

Published on November 20, 2019

Grammy nominations are out and “Truth Hurts” songstress Lizzo is the show’s top nominated act. The breakthrough singer-rapper scored eight nominations. Lizzo picked up nods for album of the year with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You”; song and record of the year with her No. 1 hit, “Truth Hurts”; and best new artist.

New artists dominated the Grammy nominations. Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X each received six nominations. Eilish also scored nominations in the top four categories, making the 17-year-old the youngest artist in the history of the Grammys to achieve the honor. Lil Nas X is up for three of the top four awards, including album and record of the year for “Old Town Road.”


Taylor Swift made history in 2016 when she became the first female artist in the awards’ history to win album of the year twice, for “1989” and “Fearless,” but the Grammys’ love for Swift has seen a yearly decline. Her sixth studio album “Reputation” only earned one nod in 2018 for best pop vocal album, and this year, she received three nominations, including song of the year for “Lover.” Her critically beloved album “Lover,” released before the Grammy eligibility cutoff in August, failed to land a best album nod, but landed best pop vocal album nod. Her pro-LGBTQ anthem “You Need to Calm Down” received a nod for best pop solo performance, but missed nod for record of the year. 

“Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, and “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers are recent record-of-the-year winners , showcasing the Grammys love for duos. Mendes and Cabello are past Grammy nominees, so their steamy duet “Senorita” should’ve been an obvious nod for the category given the song’s success (reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100 this summer). But the real-life couple received one nod for best pop duo/group performance.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” was nominated for four Grammys including record and song of the year. The duo took home Grammys for best pop duo/group performance and song written for visual media). This year, the infatuation has worn off for the Oscar-winning duet. “A Star is Born” soundtrack was released last October making it eligible for the 2020 Grammys. The movie’s soundtrack was passed over for album of the year, but Gaga still got a song-of-the-year nod for “Always Remember Us This Way.”

Where is Beyoncé for 500 Alex?

Members of the Beyhive are quick to note when the presence of the Queen is missing. Beyoncé hasn’t dropped a solo project since Lemonade in 2016 but still managed to land a few Grammy nods. She ended up with four nominations: Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Spirit” from The Lion King: The Gift, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album nod for the soundtrack as a whole, and a Best Musical Film nod for the Netflix Homecoming documentary.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Receives Grammy Nomination

Add “Grammy-nominated” to her list of titles. The former first lady of the United States of America is nominated for Her “Becoming” memoir in the Best Spoken Word Album category. The category includes poetry, audio books, and storytelling. Obama joins her husband, two-time Grammy winner Barack Obama, as a nominee in the spoken word category. He won in 2006 and 2008.

The Push for Diverse Nominees

For a long time, the Grammys have been criticized for rewarding journeyman stars and rock elders, leaving out popular artists dominating the music charts and the Internet. With the list of 2020 nominees, it is apparent that the Grammys are continuing a trend that has been building for several years, recognizing the latest crop of nominees are young, diverse, and reflect pop culture. “I am in complete awe of the inspiring nominees who have poured their hearts and souls into their craft, and in turn, have provided fans worldwide a year of music that changed us, stirred our emotions and inspired us to do more,” Deborah Dugan, President & CEO of the Recording Academy said. “Today’s announcement reflects a new era for the Recording Academy—an army of engaged members that welcomes diversity, embraces creativity and champions young musicians on the rise. It’s shaping up to be a year of firsts, and I can promise that the 62nd GRAMMY Awards will pack the same punch as this year’s nominees. I am proud to march forward alongside our members and nominated artists.”

Check out the complete 2020 GRAMMY Awards nominees list. The 62nd Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 26 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The broadcast will air live on CBS at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Jennifer Matthews is an Editor-at-Large at Grit Daily. Based in New York and formerly a producer at CNN, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Recording Academy, Women in Music, and an ASCAP Affiliate. A media pro and producer of content, she mentors and advocates for diversity and is a regular on the events coverage beat for Grit Daily.

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