Instant Reaction to the 2024 Grammy Nominees

The 2024 Grammy nominees are out, and although many of the top names were predictable, the nominees reveal a number of surprises, from Troye Sivan to the Rolling Stones.

Here’s my quick take on the 2024 nominees.

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SZA is one of the top nominees, as expected.

1. The top categories were as predictable as they’ve ever been.

We knew months in advance that Taylor Swift, SZA, Boygenius, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey would be earning some Grammy love.

The only real surprise in the big categories is R&B singer/songwriter Victoria Monet, who appears in Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

2. Uh oh, Jon Batiste is back.

The affable jazz-pop bandleader Jon Batiste shocked viewers by winning Album of the Year two years ago, and he’s back this year with another boatload of nominations, including Record, Song, and Album of the Year.

Nobody really wants to see Batiste win again in these major categories, especially when so many incredible female acts are nominated. But he could play spoiler once again.

3. Surprises!

Troye Sivan has been curiously overlooked by the Recording Academy for years, but he finally broke through for Best Pop Dance Recording and Best Music Video for “Rush.”

At the other end of the age spectrum, the Rolling Stones have won only three Grammys in their 60-year history, none during their heyday. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (along with producer Andrew Watt) deservedly scored a Best Rock Song nod for “Angry,” their best song since 1994.

4. Barbie The Album dominated

It was a huge success for the Barbie soundtrack, which nabbed four of the five slots in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category. Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night,” Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World,” and Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” all earned multiple nominations.

The only disappointment? Grammy rules prevented the original “Barbie Girl” singers Aqua from getting a nomination. Although they were featured artists on the Minaj track, the rules do not allow sampled artists to earn nominations in songwriting categories. That’s a shame. How cool would it have been to see Aqua getting a Grammy nod?

5. Another year without a female Producer of the Year

In the history of the Producer of the Year category, only seven women have ever been nominated. None has won.

Brandi Carlile seemingly had a good shot this year, given that she’s a perennial Grammy favorite and she worked on great albums by Tanya Tucker and Brandy Clark.

It would’ve been tough for her to beat out Jack Antonoff, but surely she at least deserved a nomination, right? Yet she was overlooked in favor of five guys.

6. Voters didn’t warm up to Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen was the biggest thing in country music this year, but Grammy voters didn’t give him much love. He didn’t received a single nomination.

His smash hit “Last Night” is a nominee for Best Country Song, but that goes to the songwriters, and Wallen did not co-write the track, so he is not credited.

7. Rihanna and Weird Al sneak into the soundtrack categories

With Barbie The Album taking up all the space in the visual media categories, there weren’t many slots left for outsiders.

Rihanna managed to sneak into the Best Song Written for Visual Media category for “Lift Me Up,” her Black Panther ballad.

Meanwhile, Weird Al Yankovic – a future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and now a 17-time Grammy nominee, earned a nod for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

8. The snubs

As always, a number of deserving artists were overlooked. Country legend Tanya Tucker was surprisingly shut out for her excellent Sweet Western Sound, despite winning two Grammys four years ago for her comeback effort.

Electronic hyperpop weirdoes 100 Gecs figured to have a shot to nab at least one nomination, especially Best New Artist, but they were again overlooked.

And Caroline Polachek, whose “Welcome to My Island” was the best pop song of the year, earned just one nomination, in the Best Engineered Album category.

9. The weird Grammy nominees

Every year, the Spoken Word and Audio Book categories always contain a number of weird names that you wouldn’t expect to see at the Grammys.

This year’s group includes Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, William Shatner, and Meryl Streep.

What’s your Grammy reaction to this year’s nominees?

Last Updated on November 10, 2023

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