Grammy Nominations Are Out

Louis CK up for best comedy album, while Jon Batiste has most music nominations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2021 1:25 PM CST
Louis CK Among New Grammy Nominees
A file photo of Louis C.K., who is up for best comedy album.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

This year's Grammy nominations are out, and Jon Batiste might be the biggest surprise. The multi-genre performer and recent Oscar winner made such an impression on voters that he scored the most nominations with 11 on Tuesday, per the AP. Batiste earned an album of the year nod for We Are along with record of the year with “Freedom,” a feel-good ode to the city of New Orleans. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. each came away eight nominations, while Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo had seven. Another surprise was The Weeknd nabbing three nominations after the pop star claimed he would not allow his label to submit his music. Louis CK, meanwhile, is up for best comedy album. The show is Jan. 31. Nominations in major categories, also via the AP:

  • Album of the year: We Are, Jon Batiste; Love For Sale, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Justin Bieber; Planet Her (Deluxe Edition), 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: “I Still Have Faith in You,” ABBA; “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; “Peaches,” Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and 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 (songwriter’s award): “Bad Habits,” Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran; “A Beautiful Noise,” Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters; “Drivers License,” Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo; “Fight For You,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas; “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell; “Kiss Me More,” Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe and David Sprecher; “Leave The Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars; “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill and Roy Lenzo; “Peaches,” Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman and Keavan Yazdani; “Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.

  • Best new artist: Arooj Aftab; Jimmie Allen; Baby Keem; Finneas; Glass Animals; Japanese Breakfast; The Kid Laroi; Arlo Parks; Olivia Rodrigo; Saweetie.
  • 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 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 country album: Skeleton, Brothers Osborne; Remember Her Name, Mickey Guyton; The Marfa Tapes, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, and Jack Ingram; The Ballad of Dood and Juanita, Sturgill Simpson; Starting Over, Chris Stapleton.
  • Best comedy album: The Comedy Vaccine, Lavell Crawford; Evolution, Chelsea Handler; Sincerely Louis CK, Louis C.K.; Thanks for Risking Your Life, Lewis Black; The Greatest Average American, Nate Bargatze; Zero F---s Given, Kevin Hart.
  • Best alternative music album: Shore, Fleet Foxes; If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey; Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast; Collapsed In Sunbeams, Arlo Parks; Daddy’s Home, St. Vincent.
  • Best R&B album: Temporary Highs in Violet Skies, Snoh Aalegra; We Are, Jon Batiste; Gold-Diggers Sound, Leon Bridges; Back of My Mind, H.E.R.; Heaux Tales, Jazmine Sullivan.
(More Grammys stories.)

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