The Report Academy’s shock resolution to develop the variety of nominees in 4 main Grammy classes was made only a day earlier than nominations had been introduced this week, paving the best way for key showings from Taylor Swift, Kanye West and extra, in response to a report.
A New York Instances report revealed Wednesday stated West and Swift, already nominated in different classes, had been late additions to the album of the 12 months lineup, with the rapper’s Donda album and the singer’s Evermore becoming a member of a listing containing albums from Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett and Woman Gaga, Doja Cat, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Jon Batiste.
The Instances additionally reported that the late enlargement of the file of the 12 months class noticed Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Name Me by Your Identify)” and ABBA’s “I Nonetheless Have Religion in You” added to the record that already included songs by Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Woman Gaga, Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic and Brandi Carlile.
For the songwriters’ music of the 12 months class, the last-minute additions introduced in Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me Extra,” and “Proper on Time” by Brandi Carlile. The late enlargement of the perfect new artist added the rapper Child Keem and the composer Arooj Aftab.
The Instances experiences that it was potential to see which artists had been added final minute as these names had been absent from the “closing nominations record” of eight names in these classes, a listing the newspaper says was created a number of days earlier than and which it had obtained.
Whereas revealing the nominations for the 2022 Grammys Tuesday, the Recording Academy additionally introduced that it was increasing the record of nominees in 4 common area classes, billing the transfer as a approach “to make room for extra music, extra artists and extra genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusion.”
A letter to members was additionally made public the identical day.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to the Recording Academy for remark.
The Instances report comes at a time the Recording Academy, already reeling from a sequence of controversies on the govt administration degree, is attempting to inject transparency into its course of after repeated criticism from distinguished artists.
Final 12 months, Canadian singer The Weeknd stated he would boycott the awards after his album After Hours extremely failed to achieve a single nomination, regardless of big business, essential and chart success. After the stunning snub, The Weeknd, a massively influential artist, declared the Grammys to be “corrupt.”
In an interview with the Instances, the Recording Academy’s president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. addressed the last-minute enlargement and stated that they had been within the works for years, with the introduction occurring this 12 months after witnessing the Latin Grammys pushing their nominee’s record to 12.
Mason Jr. additionally denied that the addition of Swift and West was for business causes or shore up flagging tv scores.
The 2022 Grammy Awards happen on Jan. 31.