Kendrick Lamar, ABBA and Taylor Swift receive nominations that include Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and many more

DOMi & JD Beck, Muni Long and Samara Joy nominated in the Best New Artist Category

SANTA MONICA, Nov. 15, 2022 —
 Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment, today received Grammy nominations for its family of recording artists, songwriters, publishing company, record labels and distributed partners spanning nearly every category, led by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Interscope), this year’s second-most nominated artist, who received eight nominations including for Album of the Year for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and Record and Song of the Year for “The Heart Part 5.”

ABBA (Polar Music/Capitol) received four nominations: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Voyage and Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo for “Don’t Shut Me Down.” Taylor Swift (Republic) was nominated for Song of the Year for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version),” which was also nominated for Best Music Video, as well as Best Country Song for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing. Kendrick Lamar is additionally nominated for Best Rap Album for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video and Best Rap Song for “The Heart Part 5” and Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Die Hard.”

DOMi & JD Beck (APESHIT/Blue Note), Muni Long (Def Jam Recordings) and Samara Joy (Verve) were nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, DOMi & JD Beck were nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Not Tight, Muni Long was nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Hrs & Hrs” and Samara Joy was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album for Linger Awhile.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) songwriters contributed to seven of the ten nominations in the Song of the Year category: “Abcdefu” (co-written by Gayle), “About Damn Time” (Blake Slatkin), “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” (Taylor Swift), “As It Was” (Harry Styles & Kid Harpoon), “Bad Habit” (Steve Lacy), “Easy On Me” (Adele Atkins) and “The Heart Part 5” (Kendrick Lamar). In the newly added Songwriter of the year category, UMPG has two of the five nominees with Nija Charles and Tobias Jesso Jr. represented. In the other Songwriting categories, UMPG has songwriters credited across 28 song nominations.

UMPG-signed and represented songwriters were widely nominated across all categories with Adele Atkins and Brandi Carlile both recognized with seven nominations, Harry Styles and Mary J. Blige each received six nominations, Drake, Kid Harpoon, H.E.R. and Steve Lacy received four nominations each, with Coldplay, Bad Bunny, Blake Slatkin, Kirk Franklin, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Phil & Tim Hanseroth, Tobias Jesso Jr. each receiving three nominations.

The Grammys recognized UMG’s family of artists in Best Album categories spanning several genres. A Best Rap Album nomination went to Pusha T (Def Jam) for It’s Almost Dry, Best Rock Album nominations went to Machine Gun Kelly (Interscope) for mainstream sellout and Elvis Costello (Capitol) for Boy Named If, a Best Reggae Album nomination went to Sean Paul (Island) for Scorcha, Grant Geissman (Ingrooves) was nominated for Best Instrumental Album for Blooz and The Baylor Project (Capitol Christian) was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Evening: Live At Apparatus.

Diana Ross (Decca) was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Thank You, Best Progressive R&B Album nominations were given to Tank & The Bangas (Verve Forecast)  for Red Balloon and Cory Henry (Ingrooves) for Operation Funk. Robert Glasper (Concord) was nominated for Best R&B Album for Black Radio III, Norah Jones (Blue Note) was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Album for I Dream of Christmas, The Infamous Stringdusters (Ingrooves) were nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for Toward The Fray and Madison Cunningham (Verve Forecast) was nominated for Best Folk Album for Revealer. Best American Roots Album nominations went to Keb’ Mo’(Concord) for Good To Be… and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Concord) for Raise The Roof, while Gov’t Mule (Concord) was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album for Heavy Load Blues.

Hitkidd and GloRilla (BMLG/Interscope) received a Best Rap Performance nomination for “F.N.F. (Let’s Go),” Sam Smith (Capitol) and Kim Petras (Republic) were nominated for Best Pop Duo for “Unholy,” Post Malone (Republic) and Doja Cat received a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination for “I Like You (A Happier Song).” Beck (Capitol) was nominated for Best Rock Performance for “Old Man” and Florence + The Machine (Republic) was nominated for Alternative Music Performance for “King.”

Best Metal Performance nominations were given to Megadeth (UMe) for “We’ll Be Back” and Ghost (Concord) for “Call Me Little Sunshine.” Best Traditional R&B Performance nominations went to Babyface (Capitol) for “Keeps On Fallin’” and Snoh Aalegra (RocNation) for “Do 4 Love.”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance nominations went to Brothers Osborne (EMI Records Nashville) for “Midnight Rider’s Prayer,” Reba McEntire (MCA Nashville) & Dolly Parton for “Does He Love You (Revisited),” Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde (BMLG) for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Concord) for “Going Where The Lonely Go.” Maren Morris (BMLG) was nominated for Best Country Song for “Circles Around This Town.”

Madison Cunningham was also nominated for Best American Roots Performance for “Life According to Raechel,” as was Bill Anderson (UMe) Featuring Dolly Parton for “Someday It’ll All Make Sense (Bluegrass Version).” Best American Roots Song nominations went to Sheryl Crow (BMLG) for “Forever” and T Bone Burnett and Robert Plant (Concord) for “High And Lonesome.”

Encanto (Disney) was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television), with the smash hit “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Additionally, West Side Story (Disney) was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and “Nobody Like You,” performed by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, from Turning Red (Disney) was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media nominations were given to Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Disney) and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy (Disney) and Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Main Titles – by Danny Elfman was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.

Hans Zimmer’s No Time To Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Decca), Top Gun: Maverick (Music From The Motion Picture) (Interscope) and Succession: Season 3 (Republic) were also nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. “Hold My Hand,” performed by Lady Gaga, from Top Gun: Maverick was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Best Music Film nominations went to Justin Bieber’s Our World (Def Jam) and Billie Eilish’s Live At The O2 (Interscope), while Yet To Come by BTS (Interscope) was nominated for Best Music Video. Old World (Original Video Game Soundtrack) (Verve) was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media.

In the Latin music categories, Sebastián Yatra (UMLE) was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album for Dharma +, Daddy Yankee (Republic) was nominated for Best Música Urbana Album for LEGENDADDY, Mon Laferte (UMLE) was nominated for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for 1940 Carmen and Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) nominations went to Chiquis (UMLE) for Abeja Reinaand Los Tigres Del Norte for La Reunion (Deluxe).

Best Global Music Performance nominations went to “Bayethe” by Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode (Universal Music South Africa) and Arooj Aftab ft. Anoushka Shankar (Verve) for “Udhero Na.” Best Improvised Jazz Solo nominations went to Marcus Baylor (Capitol Christian) for “Call of the Drum” and Melissa Aldana (Blue Note) for “Falling.”

In the Gospel categories, a Best Roots Gospel Album nomination went to Gaither Vocal Band (Capitol Christian) for Let’s Just Praise The Lord and Best Gospel Album nominations went to Ricky Dillard (Capitol Christian) for Breakthrough: The Exodus (Live) and Tye Tribbett (Capitol Christian) for All Things New, while Best Contemporary Christian Music Album nominations were given to Anne Wilson (Capitol Christian) for My Jesus, TobyMac (Capitol Christian) for Life After Death and Chris Tomlin (Capitol Christian) for Always. Best Gospel Performance/Song nominations went to Tye Tribbett for “Get Up,” Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin for “Kingdom” and Erica Campbell (Virgin Music) for Positive. Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song nominations went to Crowder (Capitol Christian) for “God Really Loves Us (Radio Version),” Chris Tomlin (Capitol Christian) for “Holy Forever,” Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin for “Fear Is Not My Future” and King & Country (BMLG) for “For God Is With Us.”

In the classical music categories, Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes, Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams & Boston Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon), was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical, while Best Orchestral Performance nominations went to Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic) (Deutsche Grammophon) and John Williams: The Berlin Concert, John Williams, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker) (Deutsche Grammophon). Bach: St. John Passion, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir) (Deutsche Grammophon), was nominated for Best Choral Performance. Best Classical Instrumental Solo nominations went to Hilary Hahn for Abels: Isolation Variation (Deutsche Grammophon), Daniil Trifonov for Bach: The Art of Life (Deutsche Grammophon), Mitsuko Uchida for Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (Decca Classics) and Time for Three, Xian Zhang, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra) for Letters for the Future (Deutsche Grammophon).

Voice of Nature — The Anthropocene, Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist (Decca Classics) was nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, while Best Classical Compendium nominations went to A Concert for Ukraine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; David Frost, producer (Decca Classics), and The Lost Birds Voces 8; Barnaby Smith & Christopher Tin, conductors; Sean Patrick Flahaven & Christopher Tin, producers (Decca Gold/Decca Classics). Best Contemporary Classical Composition nominations were received by Simon: Requiem for the Enslaved, Carlos Simon, composer (Decca Classics); Gubaidulina: The Wrath of God, Sofia Gubaidulina, composer Deutsche Grammophon); and Puts: Contact, Kevin Puts, composer (Deutsche Grammophon).

Black Radio III was additionally nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and “Never Gonna Be Alone ft. Lizzy McAlpine, John Mayer” by Jacob Collier (Interscope) was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. “Easy Lover (Four Tet Remix)” by Ellie Goulding was nominated for Best Remixed Recording.

Blondie – Against The Odds: 1974-1982 (UMe) was nominated for Best Historical Album. Best Recording Package nominations were handed to Voyeurist (Concord) and Black Pumas (Collector’s Edition Box Set) (Virgin Music) and Artists Inspired By Music: Interscope Reimagined (Interscope) was nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the  Arena in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.

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