Taylor Swift, Kanye West Win Last Minute Grammy Names As Recording Academy Expands Nominee List

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LOS ANGELES (UKTN) – Taylor Swift and Kanye West ended up being last-minute additions to suddenly expanded lists of Grammy nominees this week, thanks to an 11th hour change brought in by the Recording Academy.

American rapper Kanye West attends the 2019 WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards at MOMA on November 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / UKTN) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / UKTN via Getty Images)

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Abba and Lil Nas X were also last-minute additions to Grammy nominations following a Recording Academy meeting 24 hours before the nominations announced Tuesday morning, The New York Times reported.

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Swift and West were previously nominated in other categories, but they were added to the Album of the Year category for their respective releases “Evermore” and “Donda”, thanks to the academy’s decision to increase the number. nominees, according to the Times. The decision allowed them to join the other nominees – Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, HER, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Jon Batiste.

The New York Times also reported extensions in the record of the year category with “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X and “I Still Have Faith in You” by Abba added to the list at the last minute.

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The nominations for Song of the Year for Songwriters and Best New Artist category were also broadened at the last minute, allowing Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time” to do so. the song category while adding rapper Baby Keem and songwriter Arooj Aftab in the Best New Artist category, according to the Times.

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The Recording Academy said when announcing the nominations on Tuesday that it has decided to expand the four general field categories to 10 nominees.

In an interview with The Times, Recording Academy president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said the expansion of nominations had been underway for years, noting that the Latin Grammy Awards had increased their list to 12 last year.

Mason told the newspaper that adding Swift and West to the expanded list of nominations was not for business reasons or to improve TV ratings.

The 2022 Grammy Awards will take place on January 31 in downtown Los Angeles.

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