Grammy nominations feature old favorites and new snubs

By Bella Murphy, Entertainment Writer

The 63rd Grammy Awards nominations came out on Nov. 23, with Beyonce, Dua Lipa, and Taylor Swift leading with the most nominations this year. 

“Folklore,” by Taylor Swift

Beyoncé earned nine nominations in eight categories, including both record and song of the year for “Black Parade.”  Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift each earned six nominations. Taylor Swift, whose last two albums were overlooked, received six nominations for “Folklore,” which is up for album of the year and best pop album of the year.  Dua Lipa, who won best new artist last year at the Grammys, is up for album of the year as well with her latest record, “Future Nostalgia.”

Other top nominees are Brittany Howard, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, DaBaby, Phoebe Bridgers with five nominations. Justin Bieber, John Beasley, and David Frost all tied with four nominations. 

It is currently unclear how the Grammys will host a live show. In an interview Harvey Mason, Jr., a producer, chairman, and interim chief executive of the Recording Academy, said they are looking at holding a live show, with a small audience. Trevor Noah will be hosting. 

There is some backlash this year, as many artists were snubbed, like The Weeknd, whose album After Hours debuted Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and had the biggest week for any album this year. After not receiving any nominations, he tweeted, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” 

Halsey, who was also snubbed for her album “Manic,” took to her social media and wrote, “The Grammys are an elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as not-bribes….’

Some other artists critically-acclaimed artists who were snubbed are Fiona Apple’s album “Fetch The Bolt Cutters,” Phoebe Bridge’s album “Punisher,” Selena Gomez’s song “Loose You To Love Me,” Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s song “Rain On Me,” BLACKPINK for Best New Artist, BTS’s song “Dynamite,” and Kehlani’s album “It was Good Till It wasn’t.” 


Record of the Year
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Rockstar,” DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,”Dua Lipa
“Circles,” Post Malone
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

Album of the Year
Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), Black Pumas
Everyday Life, Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3, Jacob Collier
Women In Music Pt. III, Haim
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
Folklore, Taylor Swift

Song of the Year
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If The World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)

Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yummy,” Justin Bieber
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
“Cardigan,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Un Dia (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
“Intentions,” Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
“Dynamite,” BTS
“Rain On Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“Exile,” Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album
Changes, Justin Bieber
Chromatica, Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Fine Line, Harry Styles
Folklore, Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording
“On My Mind,” Diplo & Sidepiece
“My High,” Disclosure Featuring Amine & Slowthai
“The Difference,” Flume Featuring Toro y Moi
“Both of Us,” Jayda G
“10%,” Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kick I, Arca
Planet’s Mad, Baauer
Energy, Disclosure
Bubba, Kaytranada
Good Faith, Madeon

Best Rock Performance
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“Not,” Big Thief
“Kyoto,” Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps,” Haim
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard
“Daylight,” Grace Potter

Best Rock Performance
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“Not,” Big Thief
“Kyoto,” Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps,” Haim
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard
“Daylight,” Grace Potter

To see more nominations visit Billboard, 2021 Grammy Nominations

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