UMD Students Talk Grammy Nominations

The Recording Academy released the nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Nov. 20, with artists Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading the pack.

Lizzo and Billie Eilish were nominated in all of the top three categories–Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Eilish’s debut alternative album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Lizzo’s urban pop album “Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)” are both favorites among fans and critics.

Lil Nas X’s chart-topping “Old Town Road” received a nod for Record of the Year and his album, “7” was nominated for Album of the Year.

Many students were surprised by the nominations. Artists like Taylor Swift and Post Malone did not receive Album of the Year nominations– Swift for her colorful “Lover” and Post Malone for his rap album “Hollywood’s Bleeding.”

Freshman Becca Dolfman of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, said she thinks Post Malone didn’t receive the recognition he deserves.

“He released a good album this year and I think it would be cool to see him win more,” she said.

Dolfman also said it’s cool to see new artists, like Lizzo and Eilish, getting so many nominations.

“I feel like a lot of people are over the traditional winners and music like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande,” she said. “So, I think it’s time new faces win a Grammy.”

Sophomore Amir Kalantary of Rockville, Maryland said he thinks that there are some genres of music that don’t get the same recognition as others. 

“Obviously, the rock scene continues to be ignored,” he said. “Bands like Two Door Cinema Club and twenty one pilots being ignored is obvious.”

Kalantary agreed with Dolfman that Post Malones’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” should have been nominated for more awards.

“With Post Malone’s new album trying to be more rock centered with features from people like Ozzy Osbourne, he seems to have paid the price,” Kalantary said. “Absolutely absurd [that there is] nothing for Post Malone.”

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Jan. 26, 2020.

Featured Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flickr.

Dylan Josephson is a journalism student at the University of Maryland. 

 

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