Lizzo leads the way at 62nd Annual Grammy Awards


CBS televises yearly music-industry event from Los Angeles


Lizzo leads the nominees in The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday on CBS.

If it isn’t Lizzo’s world musically these days, try telling that to those who vote for the Grammy Awards.

After a widely watched “Saturday Night Live” appearance, the singer leads the nominees with eight bids in the Recording Academy’s 62nd annual honors. CBS televises the ceremony from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, with 15-time competitive Grammy winner Alicia Keys hosting for the second consecutive year.

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X follow with six nominations each, the latter in part for collaborating with country-music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus on “Old Town Road.” Among other notable aspects of these Grammys: former first lady Michelle Obama is nominated for best spoken word album (for the audio version of her bestseller “Becoming”); and the legendary Woodstock concert is a factor again, thanks to “Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive.”

Also, while Taylor Swift has three bids, that situation doesn’t involve any drama over who owns the rights to the related material. Her latest Grammy nominations involve “Lover,” her first album on the Republic label after her exit from Big Machine Records … with which she had a recent, much-reported debate on social media over ownership of her earlier music and whether she legally could perform it.

And then, there’s the situation that saw — a week before the Grammys — the Recording Academy place its CEO on “administrative leave” over misconduct allegations, with accusations flying back and forth ever since. Some artists have voiced support for the currently deposed leader, so it will be interesting to see (and hear) whether that plays into the ceremony as it unfolds.


Alicia Keys hosts The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday on CBS.

Following are the nominees in several categories in The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Record of the year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish; “Hard Place,” H.E.R.; “Hey, Ma,” Bon Iver; “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus; “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande; “Sunflower,” Post Malone and Swae Lee; “Talk,” Khalid; “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo

Album of the year: “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe),” Lizzo; “Father of the Bride,” Vampire Weekend; “I, I,” Bon Iver; “I Used to Know Her,” H.E.R.; “Norman F…ing Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey; “7,” Lil Nas X; “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande; “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Billie Eilish

Song of the year: “Always Remember Us This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish; “Bring My Flowers Now,” Tanya Tucker; “Hard Place,” H.E.R.; “Lover,” Taylor Swift; “Norman F…ing Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey; “Someone You Loved,” Lewis Capaldi; “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo

Best pop solo performance: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish; “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande; “Spirit,” Beyonce; “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo; “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift

Best rap/sung performance: “Ballin,” Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch; “Drip Too Hard,” Lil Baby and Gunna; “Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend; “The London,” Young Thug featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott; “Panini,” Lil Nas X

Best country solo performance: “All Your’n,” Tyler Childers; “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde; “Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson; “God’s Country,” Blake Shelton; “Bring My Flowers Now,” Tanya Tucker


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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