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Justin Bieber, jazzman Jon Batiste, Fil-Am artist H.E.R. atop Grammy nominations

Published Nov 24, 2021 10:09 am Updated Nov 24, 2021 1:55 pm

Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo are leading a crop of pop stalwarts and newbies nominated for this year's Grammy awards. 

But it's Jon Batiste—the jazz and R&B artist, television personality and bandleader, whose prizes include an Oscar for his soundtrack to the movie Soul—who has the most chances at Grammy gold, snagging 11 nominations including in the top categories. 

Megastar Bieber will vie for eight prizes at the Jan. 31 gala in Los Angeles, as will R&B favorite H.E.R. and singer-rapper Doja Cat. 

Grammy darling Eilish is in the running for seven, as is Olivia Rodrigo, a former Disney channel actress who exploded onto the pop scene this year with her breakout drivers license. 

The 64th annual show has once again expanded the number of nominees in its prestigious general categories, taking the count from eight to 10, in the wake of perennial criticism that it lacks diversity. 

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, the 95-year-old crooner beloved for his big band and show tune standards, posted a strong showing with six nominations for work related to their album Love For Sale.

And rap mogul Jay-Z—a regular critic of the Recording Academy, the body behind the Grammy awards—is now the most nominated artist in the show's history, with 83. 

He was previously tied with legendary producer Quincy Jones, who had 80. 

Kanye West meanwhile scored several nominations for his album "Donda"—facing off with longtime nemesis Taylor Swift in the best album category, where she has her sole chance at a 2022 Grammy for her record "evermore." 

Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out January 31 in Los Angeles. 

This year the Recording Academy, the body behind the gala, expanded the top four categories from eight nominees to 10, offering music's brightest even more chances at Grammy gold. 

Album of the Year 

  • We Are — Jon Batiste
  • Love For Sale — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Back Of My Mind — H.E.R.
  • Montero — Lil Nas X
  • Sour — Olivia Rodrigo
  • Evermore — Taylor Swift
  • Donda — Kanye West 

Record of the Year, recognizing overall performance on a song

  • "I Still Have Faith In You" — ABBA
  • "Freedom" — Jon Batiste
  • "I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga "Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile
  • "Kiss Me More" — Doja Cat Featuring SZA
  • "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish
  • "Montero" (Call Me By Your Name) — Lil Nas X
  • "drivers license" — Olivia Rodrigo
  • "Leave The Door Open" — Silk Sonic 

Song of the Year, recognizing songwriting 

  • "Bad Habits" — Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) 
  • "A Beautiful Noise" — Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys And Brandi Carlile) 
  • "drivers license" — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo) 
  • "Fight For You" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) 
  • "Kiss Me More" — Roget Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solana Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA) 
  • "Leave The Door Open" — Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic) "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X) 
  • "Peaches" — Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha "Fury" King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manual Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon) 
  • "Right On Time" — Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile) 

Best New Artist 

  • Arooj Aftab Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem FINNEAS
  • Glass Animals Japanese Breakfast The Kid Laroi Arlo Parks 
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie 

Best Music Video  

  • "Shot In The Dark" — AC/DC
  • "Freedom" — Jon Batiste
  • "I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga "Peaches" — Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Happier Than Ever" — Billie Eilish
  • "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" — Lil Nas X
  • "Good 4 U" — Olivia Rodrigo 

Best Rap Album 

  • The Off-Season — J. Cole
  • Certified Lover Boy — Drake
  • King's Disease II — Nas
  • Call Me If You Get Lost — Tyler, The Creator Donda — Kanye West 

Best Rap Performance  

  • "Family Ties" — Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar 
  • "Up"—CardiB ""—J.ColeFeaturing21Savage&Morray "Way 2 Sexy" — Drake Featuring Future & Young Thug "Thot S***" — Megan Thee Stallion 

Best Rock Album 

  • Power Up - AC/DC
  • Capitol Cuts Live From Studio A - Black Pumas
  • No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1 - Chris Cornell Medicine At Midnight - Foo Fighters
  • McCartney III - Paul McCartney 

Best Pop Vocal Album 

  • Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) — Justin Bieber Planet Her (Deluxe) — Doja Cat
  • Happier Than Ever — Billie Eilish
  • Positions — Ariana Grande 
  • Sour — Olivia Rodrigo 

Best Global Music Album

  • Mohabbat - Arooj Aftab
  • Do Yourself - Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy PaPaPa-FemiKuti
  • Blewu - Yo-Yo Ma & Angelique Kidjo Essence - WizKid Featuring Tems