CBS televises yearly music-industry event from Los Angeles
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.
Following are the nominees in several categories in The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.