This year’s show has a relatively large number of nominees as two new categories have been added (Best Global Music Performance in the Global Music Field and Best Música Urbana Album in the Latin Music Field), increasing the total number of GRAMMY- Award categories increased to 86.

And as the Big Four categories each expand to 10 nominees (from last year’s eight), this year’s GRAMMY Awards – which will air on January 31, 2022 on CBS – Definitely an especially exciting night.

Now that you have the chance to see if your favorite artists have been nominated, take a closer look at some of the biggest milestones of the year.

Jon Batiste is the most frequently nominated artist this GRAMMY season and has received a whopping 11 nominations. What’s even more impressive is that his nod spans seven areas: General Field, R&B, Jazz, American Roots Music, Music For Visual Media, Classical, and Music Video / Film.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. are the second most nominees with eight nominees each. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo – discussed in more detail below – are the third most nominations with seven nominations each.

It is noteworthy that all of this year’s leading nominees are in two or more general field categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year , Record of the Year and Best New Artist) are nominated, with all receiving nominations in the Album of the Year category. Doja Cat even received two AOTY nominations this year: one for her own LP Planet Her and one for her contribution to Montero by Lil Nas X (“Scoop”, which she wrote with the rapper).

Also The Populars have more to celebrate: Not only is Bieber the first time Bieber has received an award for the best R&B performance, but it is also the first time that the Superstar has been nominated in three of the four general field categories in a single year

Rodrigo is crowning a breathtaking breakout year with nominations in all four general field categories and becomes the 13th artist nominated in all four in a single year.

If Rodrigo wins all four, she is the third person and the second woman to do this. She would bond with Billie Eilish for the youngest to do this, as Eilish had just celebrated her 18th birthday a month before the 2020 GRAMMYs, which is where she took all four home with her. (Rodrigo, now 18, will turn 19 three weeks after the ceremony in 2022.)

Eilish strikes again in the General Field categories, receiving nominations for the record of the year and the song of the year for the third consecutive year Year. She’s also in the 2-for-2 album of the year nominations as her second LP, Happier Than Ever, received an AOTY nomination.

The album’s title track stands for Record Of The Year, and if Eilish wins, it will be her third ROTY in a row. The singer was named the record of the year at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards for “Bad Guy” and at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for “Everything I Wanted”.

JAY-Z adds three more nominations and increases it this year This brings his career to a total of 83. The rapper and mogul is now the only person with the most GRAMMY nominations of all time.

That officially makes JAY-Z and Beyoncé the most nominated couple in GRAMMY history, there Bey is the most frequently nominated woman at 79. (Beyonce picked up four more trophies last year, making her the artist with the most victories at 28. JAY -Z is currently at 23.)

Paul McCartney follows JAY-Z as the second most nominated artist of all time and adds in added two more this year to bring his career to 81.

Read more: The 64th GRAMMY Awards: Everything You Need to Know About the & Nominations of the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show

Tony Bennett received in 1962 First GRAMMY nominations at the 5th (yes, 5th!) GRAMMY Awards, in which his classic “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was named the record of the year and best solo vocal performance for men.

Almost 60 years later, the 95-year-old icon has five more nominations thanks to his latest collaborative album with Lady Gaga, “Love For Sale” (which was heralded as his final album as he battles Alzheimer’s disease).

The both are for the album of the year and the best traditions All pop singing album nominated, along with record of the year, best pop duo / group performance, and best music video for “I Get a Kick Out Of You”.

If he wins one of these five, it’s Bennett second oldest GRAMMY winner of all time, after blues pianist Pinetop Perkins, who was named best traditional blues album in 2011 for Joined at the Hip.

Stay on GRAMMY.com and our social channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for more GRAMMY content for 2022, and check out the 64th GRAMMY Awards on Monday, January 31, 2022 on CBS to find out who the winners will be!

2021 was immediately promising for another year full of massive hits with unforgettable hooks thanks to Olivia Rodrigo’s record-breaking “driver’s license”.

Less than two months later, Anderson .Paak and Record Of The Year veteran Bruno Mars started the Silk Sonicera the unforgettable hen jam “Leave the Door Open”. In the months that followed, Billie Eilish struck again with their second album, Doja Cat and SZA got together for one hell of a catchy tune, and both Lil Nas X and ABBA shook the world (for very different reasons).

It suffices to say that the race for record of the year – which will be awarded to the artist and producer (s), sound engineer (s) and / or mixer (s) and mastering engineer (s), is tight will be one at the GRAMMY Awards show 2022.

With ABBA, Jon Batiste, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic and Justin Bieber , Daniel Caesar and Giveon deliver it for anyone who has equally impactful melodies to win.

Before you tune in to the show on January 31, 2022, you should familiarize yourself with this year’s ROTY nominees below.

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ABBA shook the world on their highly anticipated return in September when they released the first two songs from Voyage, their first album in 40 years.

“I Still Have Faith In You”, a sincere ode to their friendships that have lasted throughout the period of separation is a song the group wrote along with their partner single “Don’t Shut Me Down” in 2018.

“New spirit has arrived / The joy and the sadness / We have a story and it survived ”, the Swedish superstars sing in the chorus over a majestic rhythm and build up to a series of dazzling harmonies for the epic conclusion of the song. It’s a musical odyssey that is oh-so-classic ABBA. Believe it or not, this nomination is ABBA’s first GRAMMY nomination of their career. (However, “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.)

Considering that Agnetha Fältskog suggested to the group that this album (and upcoming tour) could be their last, there will probably be a lot of fans sitting in front of their TV to find out if ABBA can call themselves GRAMMY winners.

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At a time when more and more artists are advocating acceptance, New Orleans musician Jon Batiste brought big band flair to an important message.

Supported by jazzy instrumentation and a biting beat, “FREEDOM” is one Hymn to just feel good and feel free. “Free to live (How I wanna live) / I’m go get (What I’m gonna get) / Because it’s my freedom,” announces Batiste in the chorus.

The three-time GRAMMY nominee has the culture and His hometown energy captured in three uplifting minutes, his soulful and passionate voice takes the listener on a joyful journey to celebrate himself.

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Who would have ever thought that a song sung for the first time in 1934 would be nominated for a GRAMMY – let alone for the coveted record of the year – in 2021?

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have this with their interpretation of the classic “I Get a Kick Out of You “, the lead single from Love for Sale, the duo’s second album with jazz standards by composer Cole Porter.

Their adoring, decades-long friendship is evident on the lively track, which is from a gentle piano beginning to a full jazz and swing orchestration at the end of the song.

Together, Gaga and Bennett have 30 GRAMMYs (12 and 18 respectively). Taking home the record of the year would be a special moment for the couple, however, as Gaga never won the award and Bennett’s last ROTY win was in 1963.

Also, Love for Sale is said to be Bennett’s last album since that 95-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 just before he and Gaga started recording the LP.

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Just a year after Justin Bieber released his R&B-themed LP Changes, he released his biggest R&B hit to date, “Peaches”.

The smooth track with R&B stars Daniel Caesar and Giveon includes one swirling production and a wavy melody that makes a perfect soundtrack for a window-down cruise.

The fifth single from Bieber’s sixth studio album “Justice”, “Peaches”, received high praise as an outstanding album. The statistics prove it: with almost 1 billion streams on Spotify alone, the song brought Bieber its eighth Hot 100 No. 1 (and his only No. 1 from Justice).

But the accomplishment that Bieber is perhaps most proud of is a No. 1 hot R&B / hip-hop song, an accomplishment he’s been with couldn’t quite pull off last year’s GRAMMY-nominated “Yummy”.

It’s also his first nomination for Record of the Year for Leading Actor (he received a nod for his role in Luis Fonsiand Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in 2017), which Making “Peaches” a real career highlight for the Biebs.

Read more: The 64th GRAMMY Awards: Everything you need to know about the & nominations for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show

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Another current tune, Brandi Carliles “Right On Time,” is a commentary on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on conflict and regret.

The piano-studded ballad put Carliles in with powerful vocals Foreground, especially with the dynamic chorus reminiscent of the singer’s previous ROTY nominee, 2017 “The Joke”. Maybe that’s because Carlile said herself that she believes in “Right On Time” as much as she believes in “The Joke,” something she has been waiting for for years.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained Singer / songwriter the meaning of the song: “The obstacles we set ourselves had something very human about them, and then we decided to just kind of explode and say, maybe I did, I didn’t get out right, maybe I didn’t get it right, maybe it wasn’t right, but something had to happen – so it was on time. “

GRAMMY Flashback: Backstage at the 63rd GRAMMYs: Brandi Carlile praises the” artistic threads that run us bring everyone together “before music’s greatest night

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If the hook from “Kiss Me More” sounds familiar, try Olivia Newton-John’s hit “Physical” from 1981.

Doja Cat and SZA’s bouncing collaboration interpolate the single brilliantly, but swelling production and a punchy beat make “Kiss Me More” anything but a cheap rip-off. The track is the lead single from Doja Cat’s critically acclaimed third album, Planet Her, and highlights the star’s abilities as a singer and rapper and brings SZA to a flawless combination of female power.

The song’s rolling melody instantly made him one Radio hit (and again inevitable) which earned Doja Cat her second # 1 on pop radio and SZA her first.

It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it became the longest-running top 10 all-female hit in has been in chart history, surpassing Brandy and Monica’s 1998 GRAMMY-winning duet “The Boy Is Mine”.

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After two consecutive victories as the year’s record, Billie Eilish strikes again with “Happier Than Ever”.

The five-minute track essentially consists of two songs in one: the first half focuses on Eilish’s softer register, as she begins to tear up everything that was wrong in a previous relationship (“When I’m away from you / I’m happier than ever,” she explains in the chorus); the second part rises to a dark, guitar-driven, cathartic tale, as Eilish demands at the end of the song: “Just f-kin leave me alone.”

Eilish calls “Happier Than Ever”, the title track of their second album , “Probably the most therapeutic song I’ve ever written or recorded, as always, ever, ever because I just screamed my lungs out,” says Genius.

But like much in Eilish’s catalog, she also presents this therapy session a captivating melodic ride that captivates the listener with every word.

It’s a fusion of everything that Eilish has brought to the table so far in her stormy career: haunting vocals, raw lyrics and a moshpit-worthy finale.

Read more: Billie Eilish’s Road to Happier Than Ever: How the Superstar Continues to Break Pop’s Status Quo

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It’s hard to imagine that Lil Nas X could make a song more ubiquitous than 2019’s “Old Town Road”, but he put a solid player into the ring with “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”.

The track became the talk of the town after the release of its controversial video, which featured raunchy scenes with the devil himself (yes, you read that right).

But beyond the shock factor, “MONTERO” played an important role in the career of Lil Nas X, as it was his first official sexual addressing single since he publicly outed himself as gay in 2019 (“C7osure [You Like]” from his debut EP, 7, touched it but became not released as a single).

It also resulted in a new sound for the rapper that leaned more towards hip-hop and trap and eliminated any country influence he brought with his first project.

The pivot worked: “MONTERO” made its debut at the top of Hot 1 00 and earned Lil Nas X his second # 1. The song has over 1 billion streams on Spotify – and while that’s only half the streams for “Old Town Road,” “MONTERO” eventually proved that Lil Nas wasn’t a one-hit wonder.

Throw a look back: Lil Nas X, BTS & Billy Ray Cyrus enter the multiverse of the “Old Town Road” at the GRAMMYs 2020

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Whether you’re 16 or 65, Olivia Rodrigo pulled your heart out this year with her anthemic power ballad about teenage heartbreak, the “driver’s license”.

The piano-driven smash won for the first time gaining momentum when Rodrigo teased an excerpt on social media last year, making an almost unbelievable debut for the then 17-year-old when it was released in January.

The song broke the Spotify record for most hits Streams daily for a non-holiday song and then debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for eight straight weeks – earning Rodrigo the youngest debut artist title at the top of the charts as well as the longest running number one -Debut.

Starting with an apropos car engine start (a sound that merges seamlessly into the clinking piano of the song), “driving license” lets Rodrigo’s delicate voice shine before it howls heartbreak in the chorus.

The story wi rd to a full sing along at the height of the song, a bridge that you can’t help but slam.

With so many levels and infectious hooks, the single became such a phenomenon that she even came up with a sketch of her own Got “Saturday Night Live”. In it, one character sums it up perfectly: “If Olivia has taught us anything, it is that pain can be creatively generative.”

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A week after Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak announced in February that they were going to form a super duo, the two – together called Silk Sonic – released their first single “Leave the Door Open”.

And it didn’t disappoint: the sensual track is reminiscent of the ’70s funk and soul music that inspires both singers (after all, Bootsy Collins gave them their name), with sparkling instruments and a finger-snapping beat that lets you instantly makes your toes knock.

The melody presents each of your vocal specialties in a masterful way and also includes your knack for texts that are as gentle as they are cheeky (for example “And if you’re hungry, girl, I got filets”) .

Although the number 1 on Mars is no stranger, Anderson brought his first number 1 in the Hot 100, Hot R&B / Hip-Hop-Songs and Rhythmic Airplay with “Leave the Door Open”.

If the song is the record of the year with na ch home, it is the first ROTY winner of the four-time GRAMMY winner and the third of the eleven-time Mars winner.

The GRAMMY for Album Of The Year is one of the most prestigious and coveted awards a musician can receive. The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, will have a heady contest for the title.

For the 2022 GRAMMYs, Jon Batistes WE ARE, Tony Bennetts and Lady Gagas Love for Sale, Justin Biebers Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Doja Cats Planet Her (Deluxe), Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever, HER’s, Montero by Lil Nas X, Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, Evermore by Taylor Swift and Donda by Kanye West were featured for the album des Year nominated.

Who will take home the golden gramophone in this most acclaimed category? Will it be Bennett who just gave the world his parting present? Lil Nas X, who has transformed from a novelty act into a full-fledged, proud pop star? Maybe Olivia Rodrigo, who like few before her synthesized pop-punk, emo and indie-pop? Or one of the other luminaries on the list?

In the run-up to the GRAMMYs ceremony 2022 on January 31, here is an overview of the nominees for the album of the year.

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The Stay Human bandleader works in a variety of formats, from movie soundtracks to American Symphony, an upcoming large-scale work at Carnegie Hall.

“I’m involved in so many different kinds of things, that so much of my life is balancing the amount of things I have, maintaining artistic integrity, and keeping my values ​​intact, “he told GRAMMY.com in 2021.” It’s hard even in a presentation of a thought. “

But as a simple, old album artist he is as inventive and radiant as always – as his cross-genre album WE ARE from 2021 proves, the other rooted, GRAMMY-honored greats like PJ Morton, trombone Shorty and the Hot 8 Brass Band.

Tracks like “FREEDOM”, “TELL THE TRUTH” and the title track show that this unique American talent may be kaleidoscopic in its pursuit, but its diverse valleys te gets to the point.

After more than seven decades in the game, Bennett hangs up his microphone: The vocal jazz titan (and Frank Sinatra’s BFF) recently retired at the age of 95 due to worsening Alzheimer’s disease. < Before that, however, the 18-time GRAMMY winner and Lady Gaga – 12-time GRAMMY winner herself – canceled this classic program of old-fashioned Cole Porter standards.

“There is a lot about him that I miss because he’s not old Tony anymore, “Bennett’s wife Susan Benedetto said recently in light of his diagnosis. “But when he sings, he’s old Tony.”

In fact, Love for Sale is the work of an American icon who doesn’t fade but stands on top – and Gaga’s inspired counterpoint is a major reason why it is works so well.

The angelic teenybopper made a quantum leap with his 2020 album Changes. And if follow-up is an indicator, that dynamic is showing no signs of slowing down.

Justice, which arrived in spring 2021, was the place where the two-time GRAMMY winner and 14-time nominee got hotter than ever and trumpeted his personal values ​​the loudest. He was no longer projecting a bad boy image or an arc of salvation, but was simply an artist.

On tracks like “As I Am”, “Hold On” and “Peaches”, Bieber came out with a clear message – both personally and speaking of the wild world he grew up in in public.

As for the pop trajectories, Doja Cat has one of the strangest in recent history – the TikTok prodigy turned into one Cow costume curls has now perforated the highest tier of the music industry. But Planet Her’s overwhelming success shows that its zenith is yet to come.

With a little help from the staff Young Thug, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, J.I.D. and SZA she cooks a collection of pop connoisseurs like “Payday”, “Need to Know” and “Kiss Me More”. With “Moo!” In the back view and a huge debut album on the belt, Doja Cat has the world open.

It was everyone’s guess where Eilish (and her talented brother FINNEAS) went after “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” could have gone, but the seven-time GRAMMY winner went deeper than any of us could have imagined.

With a blonde Billie on the cover and jewels like “My Future”, “Your Power” and the theme song in the grooves, Happier Than Ever is a master class in openness, restraint and elegance.

It will probably become happier than ever with the interlude “Not My Responsibility”, in which Eilish speaks a few words for online vultures that you Judging Appearance – a musical mirror of their IDGAF approach to this new era, kicking off with their viral Vogue cover story in May.

“Are my shoulders provoking you? Is my chest provoking? / Am I my stomach? My hips?” she asks on the trail, just above a whisper. “The body I was born with / Isn’t it what you wanted?”

Read more: Billie Eilish’s Road to Happier Than Ever: How the Superstar Continues to Break Pop’s Status Quo

Like the traditional template for a prince-style triple threat is HER has the whole package. Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson is an equally talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Now four-time GRAMMY winner has released her bold and insightful debut album (but third contender for album of the year overall) Back of My Mind.

“I often say things that I think we won’t say “Wilson told MTV News in 2021. “I sing the things that are sometimes difficult to articulate, the things that sit in the back of our minds that we don’t pay much attention to.”

She is an overwhelming achievement in this spiritual work – personal yet universal melodies like “We Made It”, “Bloody Waters” and “Hold On” express the harsh emotions we feel together.

Take a look back: HER wins song of the year for “I Can’t Breathe” | GRAMMY Awards 2021

Some thought that Lil Nas X had reached its climax with his “Old Town Road”, assisted by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and his various remixes – that his legacy would forever hang on a single melody, “Mambo No. 5” or “Incense and Peppermints”. “Style.

Of course that didn’t happen: The proudly gay and black rapper, singer and songwriter let his critics crow with his debut album Montero.

Colorful and warm highlights w he “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” “Industry Baby” and “Thats What I Want” show that Lil Nas X has a multitude of paths ahead of her – all of which lead straight to the heart of the pop music future.

Take a look back: Lil Nas X, BTS & Billy Ray Cyrus enter the multiverse of “Old Town Road” at the GRAMMYs 2020

“Driver’s license” would be enough for any artist to hang their hat, but for Rodrigo it was just the beginning. As it turns out, all of the different subgenres of the iPod generation – indie pop, pop punk, emo – are grist for the mill.

Her debut album Sour is a revealing, emotionally tearing journey through all of these styles and more, the work of an artist who was about to turn 18.

Aside from Rodrigo’s myriad influences – Paramore and Billie Eilish are just two of the artists floating around in her consciousness – she cannot be confused with anyone else. And that has a lot to do with the emotional depth of their music.

“I hope people know that deep down inside I just write songs and talk about how I feel and that’s the most important thing to me “Rodrigo told Teen Vogue in 2021.” Everything else is not that important in my opinion. “

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We’re so immersed in the era of Taylor’s version – and drunk from the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” – that it’s worth remembering how paradigm-shifting folklore and evermore make the year 2020 were.

First, Swift tore open the rulebook with folklore, established her cottage core aesthetic, and deepened her sagacity at storytelling. Then she delved into both of them even more – with a little help from popular co-workers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

“To be clear, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Swift said on a social Media contribution. “To put it more poetically, it feels like we’re standing on the edge of the folkloric forest with a choice: to turn around and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music.”

Jewels like “Willow”, “No. Body, No Crime “(feat. Haim) and” Coney Island “(feat. The National)” show that Evermore does not suffer an iota of complications – it is an equal and parallel force to its insightful predecessor.

Read more : Taylor Swift’s Path to Folklore: How the Superstar went from “diarist” country songs to their most progressive music yet

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We only get one of these artists per generation – it was John Lennon, then Kurt Cobain, and now Kanye West.

Now that the heated controversy, the tabloid drama, the Drake beef and the parade of With album delays behind us, Donda reveals itself for what it is. Yes latest is a messy, sprawling, experimental ode to grief and God from a Govinda-like seeker.

Follow the trajectory of these songs and you’ll get a more or less clean arc of sheer rumble (“I’m pull over and I got Priors! “from” Jail “) to a plea for divine redemption (” Come and purify me, come and sanctify me / You the air that I breathe, the ultra-ultralight beam “, from” Come to Life ” .)

If you look at the whole thing with the breathtaking, shocking performance art events, a message shines brightly through smoke and mirrors: We can’t do it alone.

What were the songs that shaped you in 2021 have a year when the world hesitantly returned to normal? Was it Olivia Rodrigo’s thoughts on the bedroom floor? Billie Eilish’s muted revelations? Lil Nas X’s colorful odes to LGBTQ romance? Silk Sonic’s gold-plated funk soul setbacks?

Well, all of these artists are ready for Song Of The Year on the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show – as is Ed Sheeran (“Bad Habits”), Alicia Keys feat. Brandi Carlile (“A Beautiful Noise”), Olivia Rodrigo (“Driving License”), H.E.R. (“Fight for You”), Billie Eilish (“Happier Than Ever”), Doja Cat feat. SZA (“Kiss Me More”), Silk Sonic (“Leave The Door Open”), Lil Nas X (“MONTERO [Call Me By Your Name]”), Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon (“Peaches”) and Brandi Carlile (“Right On Time”).

While the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show will have all of the prestigious categories viewers have come to expect, there really isn’t a category like Song Of The Year. It is a testimony for artists who have mastered packing personality, clout and poetry in just a few minutes.

These are artists who make the best use of their possibilities to guide us through uncertain times, taking pleasure in the Finding little things and weaving the sounds, rhythms and melodies that define our days and nights. Ahead of the ceremony on January 31, 2022, here are the nominees for Song of the Year.

Don’t let the title “Bad Habits” – or Sheeran’s Dracula-catches face in his video – tell you otherwise. The seductive lead single from the four-time GRAMMY winner from his new album, =, is guilt-free pleasure.

And the track’s sheer pop patina belies a surprising fact: Sheeran did not initially hear “Bad Habits” as Single.

“My single was due out in June and I was like, ‘I don’t know if the world needs a depressingly sad, slow acoustic song when it all opens up,'” he told James Corden on the Late Late Show in 2021. “So, I was in the studio and we did this song and it’s just fun I think.”

That’s an understatement when it comes to its firepower – “Bad Habits” is a smart one , addicting pleasure.

Read more: Album Guide for Fall 2021: From Taylor Swift to ENHYPEN to NBA Youngboy, 10 upcoming releases to listen to as the seasons change

There is no lever of democracy like the suffrage. So why do about half of the electorate in America forego it?

The answer is complex and varied, but Keys and Carlile and a consortium of other powerful songwriters, from Brandy Clark to Lori McKenna to Linda Perry, don’t get away with it held to do something about it before the 2020 presidential election. Together they invented the powerful “A Beautiful Noise”, a gentle but firm song that calls upon ordinary people to use their often neglected democratic powers.

Sure, a person’s voice could drop a drop Be the hot stone, Keys admits in the song. But together the electorate is like an unstoppable deluge.

“When you’re all alone, it’s a gentle breeze,” she sings. “But when you band together, it’s a chorus of thunder and rain.”

The love ballad that leveled the internet was just the beginning for Rodrigo. Her 2021 album “Sour” uses it as a stepping stone into a variety of styles.

Still, it arguably remains her signature song. Why? Because it’s possible no other songwriter has this very specific spot on the map of sorrow.

The “driver’s license” is about spending your entire relationship figuring out where you need to go Your friend can drive – just so that he can continue driving in the moment of truth.

The belly blow? “I guess you didn’t mean what you said about me in that song,” Rodrigo sings in the chorus. “Because you said forever, now I’ll drive past your street alone.”

If the 2020 global race count was like burning a wound, HER’s “Fight for You” is like those first pain cramps – better, more necessary , authentic pain.

From Gabi Wilson’s first, wordless aria to the ghostly chant that carries her to the end, the song feels like a box of Pandora’s psychological nightmares that was eventually exorcised into the airwaves. </ "Your guns don't play fair / All we have is a prayer," she sings over rhythm and blues accompaniment that wouldn't sound out of place on a Marvin Gaye or Donny Hathaway record. “It was all in their plans / wash the blood off your hands.”

Musically, it shows that Silk Sonic wasn’t the only pioneer in horn-fired soul in 2021: HER’s contribution to Judas and the Black Messiah feels on Relapse at the most vibrant and meaningful way.

Take a look back: HER Wins song of the year for “I Can’t Breathe” | GRAMMY Awards 2021

Let’s put the lyrics aside for a second and talk about the pure sound: Is there another pop phenomenon that gets by with less more than Eilish?

The title track for “Happier Than Ever “from 2021 is little more than guitar, voice and a subtle, spacey ambience from her brother and co-conspirator FINNEAS.

The words themselves are economical and beautiful:” When I’m away from you / I’m happier than ever “she sang in the chorus. “I wish I could explain it better / I wish it wasn’t true.”

But then the production flips from dreamland to realism, and the words change with the mood: the object of their grief is drunk on Tax. Eilish also swings from philosophical to absolutely vengeful. And while the song explodes into excruciatingly loud and squashed dimensions worthy of a microphone track, everything rises with five words: “Just f *** ing let me alone!”

Read more: Billie Eilish’s way to happier than je: How the superstar continues to break Pop’s status quo

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Put yourself in this character’s shoes. An adorable spaceman – played by Grey’s Anatomy actor Alex Landi – lands in a distant galaxy populated by (you guessed it) Doja Cat and SZA.

Just as it gets hot, it turns out that he’s passed out in a liquid tube and his mind is hooked up to a video game underworld. In other words, he’s a toy.

That is the girl power message of the duo “Kiss Me More”, in which sex and love and flirting take place on their own terms. But the vibe wouldn’t mean much without a matching high-thread pop song, and every second of the addicting track delivers.

“I feel like me and SZA are similar in the way that we are both grew up with a spiritual background, but she was perfect for the song, “Doja, who grew up in Alice Coltrane’s Ashram, told Capital XTRA Breakfast. “She was in my heart when I wrote this.”

Take it from a writer who combs hundreds of hyperbolic discussions every day about the next big thing – it’s nice to finally find out some truth in advertising .

“We make music to make women feel good and people dance, and that’s it,” Anderson .Paak, who is one half of R&B / soul duo Silk Sonic with Bruno Mars, recently told Rolling Stone . “It’s not going to make people sad.”

This candid evaluation of what Silk Sonic does may not seem particularly profound at first glance, but that simplicity is a feature, not a bug.

On a musical level Mars and .Paak do much more than just feel-good party music. Even the YouTube music dissector Rick Beato was blown away by the nifty, jazzy chords that brought them back on the airwaves decades after AOR classics like Steely Dans Aja.

Silk Sonic finally released their debut album, “An Evening With Silk Sonic “after living for months with the funky, soulful, glitzy highlight” Leave the Door Open “.

Despite all these other tunes, it remains the center of gravity of the release – and a reminder that Beato-friendly music is back racing into the zeitgeist.

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We met Lil on the 2019 hit “Old Town Road” Nas X: a TikTok star with a boy-next-door grin despite participating in a subversive, age-old cultural amalgamation of black and white culture.

But in 2021 we met with hats and Billy Ray Cyrus in Rearview el Montero.

This is the name of the born Montero Lamar Hill and his long-awaited debut album. And on the title single “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” its blackness and gays – and musical fearlessness – can be seen fearlessly.

“I have the feeling that we have arrived at a time in music everything is beautiful and nothing is really cutting edge or starts conversations, “said Lil Nas X recently to” Time “about her wonderfully classy video. “I want to be part of a conversation that actually applies to my situation and so many people I know.”

“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” didn’t just spark a conversation – it set the course for the rest of the career of this American original.

Take a look back: Lil Nas X, BTS & Billy Ray Cyrus enter the multiverse of “Old Town Road” at the GRAMMYs 2020

Fifty-five years after the Beach Boys had wished that women across the nation could be “California Girls”, Bieber sang in no uncertain terms about what the different regions of the United States could do for him.

“I got my peaches out in Georgia / I get my weed from California ”, he sings in“ Peaches ”, his single from the 2021 film“ Justice ”.” I brought my chick north. I get my light directly from the source. “

It is pretty obvious that Biebs pays tribute to his wife Hailey – and his collaboration he also screams for long-term, painful relationships.

While Daniel Caesar proclaims: “There is no time, I want to make more time / And give you my whole life”, Giveon sang, “Your kisses taste sweetest with mine / And I’ll be here with you until the end of time. “

For anyone ready and willing to settle down with their head squeeze, this is a feeling to live with.

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As a member of the highwomen in the midst of a contemporary wave of self-confessed, thoughtful Americana singers / songwriters (see also: Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Julien Baker and.

“Right on Time”, the dejected lead-off Track of her 2021 album In These Silent Days, is full of it. “I’ve never held my breath for so long,” she sings towards the end. “And I’m not taking it back / I did what I had to do.” </ To hear Carlile, she wrote "Right on Time" to try to beat her latest signature song, "The Joke" (which also received a SOTY nomination in 2018). "It was a one-off song," said she to Spin in 2021. "I wanted to meet this drama again." And when this melody came out of your pen?

“[I] felt that the pressure was gone to get my heart out of my mouth” , she remembered, and she doesn’t need to worry whether she’s reached her last zenith: “Right on Time” is a noble, timeless Triu mph.

The Recording Academy today announced the talent that will lead to CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tammy Hurt, to announce nominees in all 86 categories for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, via a live virtual stream event on Tuesday, November 23rd / p> Comedian Nate Bargatze, former GRAMMY nominee Jon Batiste, former GRAMMY nominee BTS, four time GRAMMY award winner HER, “CBS Mornings” presenter Gayle King, rock band Måneskin, former GRAMMY nominee Tayla Parx, singer / songwriter Carly Pearce and special guests will be part of the nominations livestream, which begins at approximately 9 p.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET live from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast on live.grammy.com and the official Recording Academy’s Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube channels. Immediately after the live stream, the press release and the full list of nominations will be made available on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy’s social media platforms.

The Recording Academy will host the GRAMMY Awards 2022 on Monday, January 31st at CBS Television Network and stream live and on demand on Paramount from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm. ET / 5pm – 2.30pm PT. Before the broadcast, the GRAMMY Awards premieres at 12:30 p.m. in the Microsoft Theater. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy YouTube channel.

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