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Kanye West Is Now A Grammy-Nominated Christian Music Artist (And The Rest Of The Grammy Nominations)

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November 24, 2020 / Posted by: Allison

Well I guess this means we’ll now be required to address him as Grammy-Acknowledged Christian Genius Billionaire(ish) Kanye West. I’m sure he’s typing up the press release as we speak! Kanye’s long-time-in-the-making Jesus-themed vanity project Jesus Is King has paid off, at least in terms of professional validation is concerned. The 2021 Grammy Awards were announced today, and Kanye, seen above playing out his own personal Jesus fantasies in the music video for “Closed On Sundays,” got a nomination in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. And unlike his bid for President, this is actually something he has a shot at winning.

The downside for Kanye is that he didn’t sweep the Christian/Gospel categories; he just got the one nomination, for his album. But to be fair, no one really swept the nominations. This isn’t the 2020 Grammy Nominations here. Last year it felt like we kept seeing the same names announced over and over again, like Lizzo and Billie Eilish. But there will be no big four sweep at the Grammys when they air on January 31st, 2021. There were also a couple of nominations that proved 2020 is relentless in its ongoing quest to be that year, like seeing Noah Cyrus nominated for Best New Artist.

The first announcement the Recording Academy made this morning was that Trevor Noah will host the ceremony on January 31st, 2021.

Although it is strange that they would say that they couldn’t think of a better person to host music’s biggest night. I don’t necessarily associate Trevor Noah with music. But then again, Sharon Osbourne and Gayle King of all people read some of the nominations. But we also had nominations announced by Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, and Mickey Guyton, so it wasn’t completely arbitrary.

Speaking of Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa, both were nominated for multiple awards. Megan was nominated for 4 awards, which included Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for her remix of “Savage” featuring Beyoncé. Dua Lipa got 6 nominations, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year. The formerly-canceled Doja Cat got 3 Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Record of the Year. And normally when it comes to Record of the Year, my ears get very confused, because I have usually only heard about two nominated songs. But thanks to Tik Tok, I know almost all of the songs nominated for Record of the Year. The only one I don’t know from Tik Tok is Black Pumas’ “Colors,” but I’m sure someone will eventually choreograph a 15-second dance to it eventually.

There was one history-making category, and that’s Best Rock Performance, which saw 100% of the nominees be female musicians. Big snubs included The Weeknd, who got zero nominations for his album After Hours, which has won a whole bunch of music industry awards up until now. Drake, please check in on your fellow Canadian and let him know it doesn’t matter.

The entire Grammys nominations list here. But here is a condensed selection of who is up for an award in January:

Album of the Year
Jhené Aiko, Chilombo
Black Pumas, Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)
Coldplay, Everyday Life
Jacob Collier, Djesse Vol.3
HAIM, Women in Music Pt. III
Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
Taylor Swift, Folklore

Record of the Year
Beyoncé, “Black Parade”
Black Pumas, “Colors”
DaBaby Ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Billie Eilish, “Everything I Wanted”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone, “Circles”
Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”

Song of the Year
Beyoncé, “Black Parade”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
Taylor Swift, “Cardigan”
Post Malone, “Circles”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Billie Eilish, “Everything I Wanted”
H.E.R., “I Can’t Breathe”
JP Saxe Ft. Julia Michaels, “If the World Was Ending”

Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance
Justin Bieber, “Yummy”
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Billie Eilish, “Everything I Wanted”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Harry Styles, “Watermelon Sugar”
Taylor Swift, “Cardigan”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy, “Un Dia (One Day) ”
Justin Bieber Ft. Quavo, “Intentions”
BTS, “Dynamite”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift Ft. Bon Iver, “Exile”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Justin Bieber, Changes
Lady Gaga, Chromatica
Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
Harry Styles, Fine Line
Taylor Swift, Folklore

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian, Blue Umbrella
Harry Connick, Jr., True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter
James Taylor, American Standard
Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
Camilo, Por Primera Vez
Kany García, Mesa Para Dos
Ricky Martin, Pausa
Debi Nova, 3:33

Best Rap Album
D Smoke, Black Habits
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Alfredo
Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony
Nas, King’s Disease
Da 5’9″, The Allegory Royce

Best Rock Album
Fontaines D.C., A Hero’s Death
Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka
Grace Potter, Daylight
Sturgill Simpson, Sound & Fury
The Strokes, The New Abnormal

Best Alternative Music Album
Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Beck, Hyperspace
Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher
Brittany Howard, Jaime
Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

Best R&B Album
Ant Clemons, Happy 2 Be Here
Giveon, Take Time
Luke James, To Feel Love/D
John Legend, Bigger Love
Gregory Porter, All Rise

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