Grammy Nominations 2022: Doja Cat, Lil Nas X and Silk Sonic Are This Year’s Front-Runners

Saweetie, Arlo Park and Baby Keem are up for Best New Artist.

The full nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards have finally been announced in a virtual rollout featuring some of the music industry’s leading voices.

Notably, this year’s live stream will leave many with questions about who will take home the Golden Gramophone for the top four fields, meaning, Album, Song, and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist.

Those questions aren’t answered yet, but here are a few clues.

Two singles that have been played from hemisphere to hemisphere are Silk Sonic’s R&B throwback, “Leave the Door Open,” and Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More,” which features SZA, and sit atop the list for Record and Song of the Year.

Doja Cat’s album, Planet Her, also joins Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Olivia Rodrigo, Ye (Kanye West), and Lil Nas X for Album of the Year. And while both songs were exquisitely crafted smash hits, the other question that remains is: who and what will join them in their respective categories.

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For the first time in almost three decades, the final choices in each of the Big Four categories will be made by the roughly 12,000 voting members of the Recording Academy. In April, the Academy disbanded all of its nominations review committees, including the one that determined the finalists in the Big Four categories.

Also, two new awards for Musicana Urbana Album and Global Music Performance were established, the latter featuring Tems, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Femi Kuti, and the legendary Angeliqué Kidjo as part of this year’s nominees.

Lil Nas X, who is also in three slots of the Big Four, also will go head-to-head against J. Cole, Tyler, the Creator, and Ye in the Best Melodic Rap category. The Montero songwriter has a pretty huge battle against him, but early predictions may bode well in his favor.

That’s because in the Best Rap Album category, Nas and Hit-Boy look to repeat as King’s Disease II will compete in this year’s ceremony. That LP, which features some of hip hop’s most fiercest voices (Ms. Lauryn Hill, EPMD) will battle J. Cole’s The Off-Season, Ye’s Donda, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, and Tyler, the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost.

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Nas, who also earned a Grammy nod thanks to his guest verse on DMX’s “Bath Salts,” which also includes Jay-Z, possibly earns the Mount Vernon, N.Y.-bred lyricist a chance to posthumously win a Grammy.

Other noteworthy nominations include Arlo Parks, Saweetie, and Baby Keem up for Best New Artist, Dinner Party (a jazz-hybrid supergroup starring Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington) up for Best Progressive R&B Album, Questlove’s Summer of Soul documentary competing for Best Music Film, and Kevin Hart and Lavell Crawford will duel for Best Comedy Album.

Below is a truncated list of Grammy nominees. You can read the complete list at

Record of the Year

  • “I Still Have Faith in You,” Abba
  • “Freedom,” Jon Batiste
  • “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  • “Peaches,” Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & 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

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),” 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

Song of the Year

  • “Bad Habits,” Fred Gibson, Johnny Mcdaid, and Ed Sheeran, Songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
  • “A Beautiful Noise,” Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori Mckenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters, Songwriters (Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile)
  • “Drivers License,” Daniel Nigro and Olivia Rodrigo, Songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • “Fight for You,” Dernst Emile Ii, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, Songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish O'Connell and Finneas O'Connell, Songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “Kiss Me More,” Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell Ii, Solána Rowe and David Sprecher, Songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring Sza)
  • “Leave the Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile Ii and Bruno Mars, Songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill and Roy Lenzo, Songwriters (Lil Nas X)
  • “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, Songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon)
  • “Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, Songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist

  • Arooj Aftab
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Baby Keem
  • Finneas
  • Glass Animals
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • The Kid Laroi
  • Arlo Parks
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Saweetie

Best R&B Performance

  • “Lost You,” Snoh Aalegra
  • “Peaches,” Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
  • “Damage,” H.E.R.
  • “Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “I Need You,” Jon Batiste
  • “Bring It on Home to Me,” BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Kenyon Dixon featuring Charlie Bereal
  • “Born Again,” Leon Bridges featuring Robert Glasper
  • “Fight for You,” H.E.R.
  • “How Much Can a Heart Take,” Lucky Daye featuring Yebba
  • Best R&B Song
  • “Damage,” Anthony Clemons Jr., Jeff Gitelman, H.E.R., Carl McCormick and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “Good Days,” Jacob Collier, Carter Lang, Carlos Munoz, Solána Rowe, and Christopher Ruelas, songwriters (SZA)
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary,” Giveon Evans, Maneesh, Sevn Thomas, and Varren Wade, songwriters (Giveon)
  • “Leave the Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)
  • “Pick Up Your Feelings,” Denisia “Blue June” Andrews, Audra Mae Butts, Kyle Coleman, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Michael Holmes and Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
  • Best Progressive R&B Album
  • “New Light,” Eric Bellinger
  • “Something to Say,” Cory Henry
  • “Mood Valiant,” Hiatus Kaiyote
  • “Table for Two,” Lucky Daye
  • “Dinner Party: Dessert,” Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington
  • “Studying Abroad: Extended Stay,” Masego
  • Best R&B Album
  • “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies,” Snoh Aalegra
  • “We Are,” Jon Batiste
  • “Gold-Diggers Sound,” Leon Bridges
  • “Back of My Mind,” H.E.R.
  • “Heaux Tales,” Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance

  • “Family Ties” Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • “Up,” Cardi B
  • “My Life,” J. Cole featuring 21 Savage and Morray
  • “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake featuring Future and Young Thug
  • “Thot ___,” Megan Thee Stallion

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “Pride Is the Devil,” J. Cole featuring Lil Baby
  • “Need to Know,” Doja Cat
  • “Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow
  • “Wusyaname,” Tyler, The Creator featuring Youngboy Never Broke Again and Ty Dolla $ign
  • “Hurricane,” Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby

Best Rap Song

  • “Bath Salts,” Shawn Carter, Kasseem Dean, Michael Forno, Nasir Jones and Earl Simmons, songwriters (DMX featuring Jay-Z and Nas)
  • “Best Friend,” Amala Zandelie Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Randall Avery Hammers, Diamonté Harper, Asia Smith, Theron Thomas and Rocco Valdes, songwriters (Saweetie featuring Doja Cat)
  • “Family Ties,” Roshwita Larisha Bacha, Hykeem Carter, Tobias Dekker, Colin Franken, Jasper Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Ronald Latour, and Dominik Patrzek, songwriters (Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • “Jail,” Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Brian Hugh Warner, Kanye West & Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Jay-Z)
  • “My Life,” Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph & Jermaine Cole, songwriters (J. Cole featuring 21 Savage & Morray)

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

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