The 2024 Grammy Nominees are here, and as always it comes with some huge headlines. As far as the biggest numbers, SZA is the leading nominee, earning a total of nine nominations. Most, if not all, of the nominations are for her 2022 album, SOS. From there, Victoria Monet and Phoebe Bridgers are tied with seven nominations each. The latter earned most of hers for her work as a part of boygenius. The indie rock group themselves earned six nominations on the night. Finally, closing out the podium with six nods are Jack Antonoff, Jon Batiste, Brandy Clark, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.
The Biggest Honors at the 2024 Grammys: Record and Album of the Year
Though of course it’s given its own category, pop music as a whole is set to dominate the 2024 Grammys. This is especially true in the general field, the category containing the Grammys’ biggest honors. In Album of the Year, Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS, Taylor Swift’s Midnights, Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation, boygenius’ the record and SZA’s SOS stand alongside Janelle Monae’s The Age of Pleasure and Jon Batiste’s World Music Radio. The same goes for Record of the Year, where a lot of those same names make repeat appearances. “Not Strong Enough,” “Flowers,” “vampire,” “Kill Bill” and “Anti-Hero” are up for contention, as well as Jon Batiste’s “Worship,” Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” and Victoria Monet’s “On My Mama.”
Awards for Producers & Songwriters
Songwriter of the Year is a category first introduced last year. It fulfills a similar niche in recognizing those with credits across the industry. This is one of the most wide-ranging umbrellas on display this year. The field consists of Edgar Barrera (Karol G, Grupo Frontera, Bad Bunny), Jessie Jo Dillon (Megan Moroney, Jelly Roll, Dan + Shay), Theron Thomas (Lil Durk, Chloe, Cordae, Future) and Justin Tranter (Renee Rapp, Maneskin, Baby Tate and Miley Cyrus.)
Sometimes, those behind the boards can be shrouded in the general consciousness. Thankfully, the Grammys certainly make room for them to get their shine. As far as hip-hop in the Producer of the Year category, Metro Boomin stands out. He’s earned his nomination on the back of his HEROES & VILLAINS, as well as spot production on Her Loss, Business is Business, UTOPIA and Almost Healed. The same goes for Hit-Boy, honored chiefly for his work with Nas on Kings Disease III, Magic 2 and Magic 3, as well as his own solo projects released in the past year, Surf Or Drown Vol. 1 & 2.
Though not in that same hip-hop category, Jack Antonoff received a nod for the huge workload he’s had in 2023. He’s handled the majority of production duty on the 1975’s Being Funny In A Foreign Language, Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know… and of course, Taylor Swift’s Midnights.
Biggest Winners of the 2024 Grammys List
Boygenius have not only taken audiences by storm in 2023, but now the industry as a whole. They’ve ended up with a smattering of nominations for the 66th Grammys. On top of being listed in the biggest categories, what genre they fall into further down the list is worthy of mention. They’re up for Best Rock Album, and the field alongside them speaks to the changing landscape of the genre. In Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, they’re up against The Rolling Stones, Queens of the Stone Age, the Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and Metallica. In the latter category, Olivia Rodrigo makes a surprise appearance for her “ballad of a homeschooled girl.” With her appearance comes a ton of intrigue to a typically traditional category year in, year out.
Though not an artist, the Barbie soundtrack stands as one of the biggest winners of this initial list. It understandably has a chokehold on the Best Song Written for Visual Media category, receiving all nominations but one. But entries from that compilation are also up for consideration in some of the night’s biggest categories. “Dance the Night” and “What Was I Made For?” are the film’s two submissions in Song of the Year. Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie World” is up for consideration under Rap Song of the Year.
Finally, as far as snubs go, there are always some names that are left out. Frequently listed on middle-of-the-year lists, Caroline Polachek’s Desire I Want to Turn Into You isn’t listed in any “above-the-line” categories. The album only gets peripheral nods for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and as a part of Daniel Nigro’s resume in his nomination for Producer of the Year. One of the biggest stories of this year has been the solo members of BTS launching their careers in earnest. And yet, all of them are absent up and down this list.
In country, there are two artists that stand out as big omissions—Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs. The country singers are behind two of the biggest commercial hits in the past year. Those two tracks, “Last Night” and “Fast Car,” earned one nomination in Best Country Song and Solo Performance, respectively. However, their names were left off for other country honors like Album, and the bigger, general awards like Record and Song of the Year.
To find the full list of those up for consideration this year, head to the Grammys website. And of course, keep locked in to musicdaily.com for more coverage of the awards as they creep closer.