From who will win big to who might end up disappointed, these are the need-to-know details about this year’s Grammys
Party season is over, but while most of us return to January with a vow to abstain from alcohol, our glad rags hung up for another eleven months at the back of our wardrobes, for a certain few the party is only just getting started. That’s right, awards season is back to restock music’s biggest stars’ mantlepieces and crown the pop (and rock, and R&B, and rap…) kings and queens of the past year.
As the first major music award ceremony of the year, a mere Grammy nomination is a prestigious prize to be won, with more than 1,160 submissions entered for the 2020 Record Of The Year award. Competition is stiff: from Lizzo to Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande to Lil Nas X, 2019 really shook things up in the music industry and that’s reflected in this year’s nominations. Who will emerge triumphant? Only time will tell, but with less than a month to go until the ceremony, it’s time you swatted up on the need-to-know details of this year’s Grammy Awards.
When are the Grammys?
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will take place on 26 January, kicking off festivities at around 1am GMT. Those in the US will be able to watch the show live on CBS.
Who will perform at the ceremony?
So far, Billie Eilish is the only confirmed performer of the evening and the details of what song she’ll sing or who she might perform with are still hush-hush.
Who is going to be the big winner of the evening?
With the Grammys clearly keen to shake of its reputation for sidelining women and championing predictable, old favourites, Lizzo leads the pack with a grand total of eight nominations, four of which are in the ceremony’s most prestigious categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. Having grafted in the industry for almost a decade now, Lizzo definitely feels like the most deserving candidate to scoop the top prizes, but hot at her heels is Billie Eilish, who at only 18 years old (17 at the time nominations were announced) has become the youngest artist to ever be nominated in all four of the top categories. If the chips fall her way on the big night, she could very well also become the youngest ever winner of Album Of The Year, an accolade previously held by Taylor Swift, who won aged 20 in 2010.
Elsewhere, Lil Nas X is rewarded for his record-breaking hit “Old Town Road” with a total of six nominations, which is impressive considering the Grammy’ history of snubbing rap artists and the viral nature of his meteoric rise. It’s unlikely that his debut album, 7, will take home Album Of The Year, but to even be nominated when this time last year he was a college dropout is an achievement in itself. And not to be forgotten, Ariana Grande ends her mammoth Sweetener world tour and comes home to five Grammy nominations, after winning her first Grammy last year.
Who has been snubbed?
This year’s nominations have a clear focus on new talent, meaning that some of the regular faces that we’re so used to seeing populate the top categories have taken a back seat. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are the most notable absences, with many feeling as though the former’s “Lover” should have been nominated for Record Of The Year, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t acknowledged. Swift still has a healthy three nominations, while Ed Sheeran’s No6 Collaborations Project was recognised in the Best Pop Vocal Album category – a fair consolation prize for a year in which Sheeran spent less time in the limelight than usual.
Who will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award?
This year, Chicago, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Public Enemy and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will all be honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
What about the rest?
While Lizzo and co are set to dominate the night, there are, of course, a plethora of other artists who could be in with a chance of bagging a Grammy. See the full list of nominations below.
Album Of The Year
I, I – Bon Iver
Norman F***ing Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande