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Grammys 2022: BTS' and Taylor Swift's one nomination each stuns fans, while Fil-Am artists earn top category nods

By Hannah Mallorca Published Nov 24, 2021 1:50 pm

The 2022 Grammy nominations, announced on Tuesday morning, Nov. 23 (Nov. 24, Philippine time), have sparked debates among fans and music enthusiasts on social media.

For starters, many familiar names were either included or snubbed from the 64th annual Grammy Awards list of nominees. Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, and Billie Ellish are among the artists who received major nods, while Miley Cyrus and BTS didn’t get much love.

As we count down to Jan. 31, 2022, let’s look back at some of the highlights from this year’s list of nominees.

BTS is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance—that's it

The smooth and catchy Butter is undoubtedly one of the strongest pop releases of the year. And while BTS hasn’t released a 2021 album, they’re one of the artists who dominated the music scene with their feel-good bops. So, it’s surprising that the K-pop superstars only received one nomination from the Grammys. No wonder ARMYs are unhappy on social media. 

The hashtag #Scammys also trended on social media, where fans expressed their frustration over BTS receiving only one nomination.

This year, BTS is up against nominees Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (I Get a Kick Out of You), Coldplay (Higher Power), Doja Cat feat. SZA (Kiss Me More), and Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco (Lonely).

Grammys 2022 is a big win for Filipina-American artists 

Filipina-American artists made Grammy history as Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., and Saweetie earned top category nominations. 

Gen-Z pocket rocket and Filipina-American Rodrigo became the second-youngest artist to land top Grammy nominations for her hugot track Driver’s License and debut album Sour for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. She’s also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Music Video, and Best Pop Vocals Album.

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Meanwhile, singer-songwriter H.E.R. proved she’s one of the artists to watch out for as she received eight nominations, namely, Album of the Year, Best R&B album, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best R&B Performance, and Best Traditional R&B Performance.

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Filipina-American rapper Saweetie also earned her well-deserved Grammys debut with Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for Best Friend, her catchy collab track with fellow nominee Doja Cat.

Taylor Swift receive (only) one Grammy nomination

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Aside from BTS, Taylor Swift also dominated 2021 with the release of her re-recorded albums Fearless (Taylor’s version) and Red (Taylor’s version). However, fans are stunned that her indie-inspired album evermore received only one Grammy nomination for Album of the Year

Swift's fans also expressed their frustration over the singer's "snub" on social media.

This year, evermore is up against fellow nominees Job Batiste (We Are), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Love for Sale), Justin Bieber (Justice Triple Chucks Deluxe), Doja Cat (Planet Her Deluxe), Billie Ellish (Happier than Ever), H.E.R. (Back of my Mind), Lil Nas X (Montero), Olivia Rodrigo (Sour), and Kanye West (Donda).

Shocking snubs

It’s not the Grammys without surprising snubs from the awards body. 2021 is a year filled with chart-topping tracks and satisfying albums from several music acts. In a report from USA Today, Recording Academy CEO and president Harvey Mason Jr. lamented about artists not getting a chance to get recognized.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is that we don’t get a chance to honor all of the amazing projects produced every year… I come from the music sphere and know the feeling of putting your heart and soul into a project, hoping to get recognized. But we only have 10 slots and one winner,” he added.

Some of the shocking Grammy snubs include Miley Cyrus (Plastic Hearts) for Best Rock Performance, BTS (Butter) for Record of the Year, and Lorde (Solar Power) for Album of the Year. Aside from BTS, music fans also couldn't help but express their frustration for the snubs on social media.

Twitter user @gustavonykolas_ said Cyrus doesn't deserve her Grammy's snub since Plastic Hearts is her "best album in her entire career."

@micahmarine also expressed her disappointment over Cyrus' snub.

Meanwhile, @lordespower congratulated Lorde for "breaking the record of least nominations."

@sadinthesummer seconded @lordespower's statement, saying Lorde's snub makes her "sick."