Well-known artists like Beyonce and Ariana Grande now have to make room for new artists who are breaking barriers. Singers Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish are just a few examples of the diversity in Grammy nominees for the 2020 awards. The Recording Academy released its full list of 2020 nominations Wednesday. Some of the top categories include Song of the Year, Record of the Year and the coveted Album of the Year.
Detroit singer, rapper and songwriter Lizzo, rose to fame just this year and already has the most Grammy nominations for the 2020 awards. Lizzo will compete in multiple categories including best new artist and album of the year for her album “Cuz I Love You.”
Her focus on female empowerment and independence brings a different perspective to the music industry with her chart-topping projects. With songs like “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell,” fans hear messages of self-love and girl power loud and clear. Lizzo continues to change the narrative in the music industry as an African-American, plus-size woman.
Lil Nas X
“I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road, I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more.” These are the lyrics everybody was singing around the world for much of 2019. “Old Town Road” by rapper Lil Nas X, broke the Billboard record for the longest-running No. 1 song, staying at the top of the Hot 100 for 19 weeks.
After adding country artist Billy Ray Cyrus to the track, it rocketed to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100. Lil Nas X not only broke Billboard records, but he also defied norms as an African American country singer who came out as gay.
He has received six nominations for his debut album “7” this year.
Tristan Peterson, a junior pop music major at USC’s Thornton School of Music, said Lil Nas X was the artist he was most excited about, from this year’s nomination.
“I am of the opinion that he's probably the most important artist in the U.S. right now. So I think the fact that he's getting recognized so early on, it's a great thing,” Peterson said.
Billie Eilish represents the youngest of the bunch that was nominated. At only 17-years-old, she racked up six nominations, three of which are in the categories: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Eilish, draws in an adolescent crowd, but also appeals to the greater pop audience.
Rosalia, a Spanish singer and songwriter, has been nominated for Best New Artist--the first time an all-Spanish-language singer has been nominated in the category. She’s also nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album after taking home the Latin Grammy for Best Album of the Year.
Other notable nominees include R&B artist H.E.R, who’s nominated for Album of the Year for the second year in a row. Khalid also snagged a nomination for his song “Talk,” and Post Malone is in the running for Record of the Year.
Peterson also appreciates the diversity of nominees this year.
“I think it's reflective of the Grammys sort of catching up, in a sense, because I know that for a long time, the Grammys have sort of existed in their little bubble of like old white dudes that are out of touch with current trends,” he said.
To see who takes home the gold-plated trophies, tune in to the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 2020 on CBS.