It might be hard to top last year’s turns of events at the Grammy Awards, when Beyoncé set a record for the most Grammys ever won by a single artist (and The Weeknd opted out of submitting his music for consideration at future events). The Grammys have made a push for increased diversity and transparency at this year’s award show, which will take place in Los Angeles on Monday, January 31, 2022, but will that be enough to make the evening palatable to major music-world players? We’ll know soon enough—but in the meantime have a look at the biggest takeaways from 2022’s list of Grammy nominees.
1. Two new categories were added.
Best global music performance (global music field) and best música urbana album (Latin music field) will officially be categories at the 2022 Grammys, bringing the total number of categories up to 88.
2. Some of the most competitive old categories have been expanded.
On Tuesday, the Recording Academy revealed that song of the year, record of the year, album of the year, and best new artist now feature 10 nominees each, up from eight in past years.
3. Jay-Z is now the most Grammy-nominated artist in history.
The artist’s three 2022 nominations officially make him the proud owner of the most Grammy nominations in history, narrowly outpacing producer-composer Quincy Jones.
4. Selena Gomez is officially a Grammy nominee.
Gomez’s recent album Revelación (her first primarily Spanish-language project) was nominated for best Latin pop or urban album.
5. Olivia Rodrigo got the nod.
At just 18, Rodrigo—who had the smash hit of summer with her album Sour—got a best-music-video nomination for “Good 4 U,” which was directed by Petra Collins, as well as a best-album nomination. “Drivers License” is also in the mix for record of the year, and Rodrigo is up for best new artist…so it looks like everything’s coming up Olivia.