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Grammy 2020 Nominations: Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, and Lana Del Rey Up for Album of the Year

Plus Big Thief, Thom Yorke, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Brittany Howard, Karen O and Danger Mouse, James Blake, and Others Get Nominations

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The 2020 Grammy Awards nominations have been announced and they are surprisingly solid by Grammy standards. There are actual good albums up for Album of the Year, including the newest by Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, and Lana Del Rey.

Bon Iver’s “Hey Ma” is up for Record of the Year and Lana Del Rey’s “Norman Fucking Rockwell” is nominated for Song of the Year. Best Alternative Music Album finds Big Thief, James Blake, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, and Thom Yorke all competing. Calexico and Iron & Wine are up for best Americana Album. Sure, the Best Rock Album category is a joke (Bring Me the Horizon, The Cranberries, I Prevail, and Rival Sons up against the only halfway decent nominee, Cage the Elephant). And the Best New Artist category is strong if you’re into pop (Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, etc.), but is short on any artists you’d classify as rock or alternative. The nominations in the biggest categories are below (for an even longer list visit the Grammys website).

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will happen Sunday, January 26, 2019 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and live on CBS.

Album of the Year:

Bon Iver: i,i
Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go
H.E.R.: I Used to Know Her
Lil Nas X: 7
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride

Record of the Year

Bon Iver: Hey Ma
Billie Eilish: Bad Guy
Ariana Grande: 7 rings
H.E.R.: Hard Place
Khalid: Talk
Lil Nas X: Old Town Road
Lizzo: Truth Hurts
Post Malone: Sunflower

Song of the Year

Lady Gaga: Always Remember Us This Way
Billie Eilish: Bad Guy
Brandi Carlile: Bring My Flowers Now
H.E.R.: Hard Place
Taylor Swift: Lover
Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell
Lewis Capaldi: Someone You Loved
Lizzo: Truth Hurts

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas


Best Rock Performance

Bones UK: Pretty Waste
Gary Clark Jr.: This Land
Brittany Howard: History Repeats
Karen O & Danger Mouse: Woman
Rival Sons: Too Bad

Best Metal Performance

Candlemass: Astorolus: The Great Octopus [ft. Tony Iommi] Death Angel: Humanicide
I Prevail: Bow Down
Killswitch Engage: Unleashed
Tool: 7empest

Best Rock Song

Tool: Fear Inoculum
The 1975: Give Yourself a Try
Vampire Weekend: Harmony Hall
Brittany Howard: History Repeats
Gary Clark Jr.: This Land

Best Rock Album

Bring Me the Horizon: amo
Cage the Elephant: Social Cues
The Cranberries: In the End
I Prevail: Trauma
Rival Sons: Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album

Big Thief: U.F.O.F.
James Blake: Assume Form
Bon Iver: i,i
Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride
Thom Yorke: Anima


Best Pop Solo Performance

Beyoncé: Spirit
Billie Eilish: Bad Guy
Ariana Grande: 7 rings
Lizzo: Truth Hurts
Taylor Swift: You Need to Calm Down

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Ariana Grande & the Social House: Boyfriend
The Jonas Brothers: Sucker
Lil Nas X: Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Post Malone: Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello: Señorita

Best Pop Vocal Album

Beyoncé: The Lion King: The Gift
Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande: thank u, next
Ed Sheeran: No.6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift: Lover

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Andrea Bocelli: Sì
Michael Bublé: Love (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Look Now
John Legend: A Legendary Christmas
Barbra Streisand: Walls


Best Rap Album

Dreamville: Revenge of the Dreamers III
Meek Mill: Championships
21 Savage: I Am > I Was
Tyler, the Creator: IGOR
YBN Cordae: The Lost Boy

Best Rap Song

YBN Cordae: Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]
Rick Ross: Gold Roses [ft. Drake]
21 Savage: A Lot [ft. J. Cole]
Nipsey Hussle: Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]
DaBaby: Suge

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole: Middle Child
DaBaby: Suge
Dreamville: Down Bad [ft. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, Young Nudy]
Nipsey Hussle: Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]
Offset: Clout [ft. Cardi B]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

DJ Khaled: Higher [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Baby and Gunna: Drip Too Hard
Lil Nas X: Panini
Mustard: Ballin [ft. Roddy Ricch]
Young Thug: The London [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]


Best R&B Performance

Daniel Caesar: Love Again [ft. Brandy]
H.E.R.: Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Lizzo: Exactly How I Feel [ft. Gucci Mane]
Lucky Daye: Roll Some Mo
Anderson .Paak: Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Bj the Chicago Kid: Time Today
India.Arie- Steady Love
Lizzo: Jerome
Lucky Daye: Real Games
PJ Morton: Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

Best R&B Song

H.E.R.: Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Emily King: Look At Me Now
Chris Brown: No Guidance [ft. Drake]
Lucky Daye: Roll Some Mo
PJ Morton: Say So [ft. JoJo]

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Steve Lacy: Apollo XXI
Liz: Cuz I Love You
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Overload
Nao: Saturn
Jessie Reyez: Being Human in Public

Best R&B Album

BJ the Chicago Kid: 1123
Lucy Daye: Painted
Ella Mai: Ella Mai
PJ Morton: Paul
Anderson .Paak: Ventura


Best Dance Recording

Bonobo: Linked
The Chemical Brothers: Got to Keep On
Medusa: Piece of Your Heart [ft. Goodboys]
RÜFÜS DU SOL: Underwater
Skrillex and Boys Noize: Midnight Hour [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Apparat: LP5
The Chemical Brothers: No Geography
Flume: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
Tyco: Weather


Best Comedy Album

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
Aziz Ansari: Right Now
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia
Dave Chapelle: Sticks and Stones


Best Remixed Recording

Madonna: I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
Miley Cyrus: Mother’s Daughter (Wuki Remix)
Jorja Smith: The One (High Contrast Remix)
Mild Minds: Swim (Ford. Remix)
Maria Davidson: Work It (Soulwax Remix)

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Various Artists: The Lion King: The Songs
Various Artists: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton: Rocketman
Various Artists: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: A Star Is Born

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Alan Silvestri: Avengers: Endgame
Hildur Guðnadóttir: Chernobyl
Ramin Djawadi: Game of Thrones: Season 8
Hans Zimmer: The Lion King
Marc Shaiman: Mary Poppins Returns

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Chris Stapleton: The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry: Girl in the Movies
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)
Beyoncé: Spirit
Thom Yorke: Suspirium


Best Recording Package

Voces Del Bullerengue: Anónimas & Resilientes
Chris Cornell: Chris Cornell
The Muddy Basin Ramblers: Hold That Tiger
Bon Iver: i,i
Intellexual: Intellexual

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Thom Yorke: Anima
David Gray: Gold in Brass Age
John Coltrane: 1963: New Directions
Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker: The Radio Recordings 1939-1945
Various Artists: Woodstock: Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary

Best Album Notes

The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions: Judy Cantor-Navas
The Gospel According to Malaco: Robert Maravich
Pedal Steel + Four Corners: Brendan Greaves
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection: Jeff Place
Stay ‘68: A Memphis Story: Steve Greenberg


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Ricky Reed

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video

The Chemical Brothers: We’ve Got to Try
Gary Clark Jr.: This Land
FKA Twigs: Cellophane
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus: Old Town Road (Official Movie)
Tove Lo: Glad He’s Gone

Best Music Film

Beyoncé: Homecoming
David Crosby: Remember My Name
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Various Artists: Shangri-La
Thom Yorke: Anima

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November 20th 2019

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