Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today received nominations for its family of recording artists, songwriters, publishing company, labels and distributed partners spanning nearly every genre, led by Taylor Swift who received six nominations including Album of the Year for folklore and Song of the Year for “Cardigan.”
In the prestigious general categories, UMG accounts for five or the eight nominations in Album of the Year and four of the eight nominations in Record of the Year. Universal Music Publishing Group’s songwriters contributed to five of the eight nominations in the Song of the Year category: “Cardigan” by Taylor Swift, “Circles” (Post Malone), “Don’t Start Now” (Dua Lipa), “Everything I Wanted” (Billie Eilish) and “I Can’t Breathe” (H.E.R.).
Taylor Swift (Republic) is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for folklore, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Cardigan,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Exile” and Best Song Written for Visual Media, alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, for “Beautiful Ghosts” from Cats: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Post Malone (Republic) is additionally nominated for Record of the Year for “Circles” and Album of the Year for Hollywood is Bleeding. Billie Eilish (Interscope) received four nominations including Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Everything I Wanted.” She is also nominated for “No Time to Die” in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category. Lady Gaga (Interscope) is nominated Best Pop Vocal Album for Chromatica and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Ariana Grande “Rain on Me.” J Balvin (Republic), along with Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy, is also nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for “Un Dia (One Day).”
The Recording Academy handed four Grammy nominations each to Justin Bieber (Def Jam), including for Best Pop Vocal Album for Changes, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Yummy” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Intentions (featuring Quavo),” and to DaBaby (Interscope) for Record of the Year, Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Rockstar (featuring Roddy Rich),” as well as Best Rap Performance for “BOP.” Brittany Howard (ATO Records) received five nominations, including Best Alternative Music Album for Jaime, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Stay High” and Best R&B Performance for “Goat Head.”
Jhené Aiko (Def Jam), Black Pumas (ATO Records) and Drake (Republic) received three nominations each. Jhené Aiko is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B Album for Chilombo, as well as Best R&B Performance for “Lightning & Thunder (featuring John Legend).” Black Pumas is nominated for Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance for “Colors” and Album of the Year for Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition). Drake’s nominations include Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Laugh Now, Cry Later (featuring Lil Durk).”
For Best Country Solo Performance, Eric Church (EMI Nashville) is nominated for “Stick That in Your Country Song,” alongside Vince Gill (MCA Nashville) for “When My Amy Prays” and Mickey Guyton (Capitol Nashville) for “Black Like Me.” Brothers Osborne (EMI Nashville) is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group for “All Night,” as is Lady A (Big Machine Label Group) for “Ocean” and Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville) for “Sugar Coat.” Little Big Town is also nominated for Best Country Album for Nightfall.
Gregory Porter (Blue Note/Verve) is nominated for Best R&B album for All Rise, while Jon Batiste (Verve Records) is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard. Robert Glasper (Loma Vista Recordings/Concord) was nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album for F*** Yo Feelings and Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagine” featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello.
Skip Marley (Island) is nominated for Best Reggae Album for Higher Place, alongside Buju Banton (Roc Nation) for Upside Down 2020. Harry Connick, Jr. (Verve Records) is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, alongside Renee Zellweger (Republic) for “Judy.”
Bettye LaVette (Verve Records) is nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Blackbirds and Anoushka Shankar (MercuryKX) is nominated for Best Global Music Album for Love Letters. Composer Max Richter (Deutsche Grammophon) is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for Ad Astra.
Conductor and composer Thomas Adès received three nominations for his world premiere recording Adès Conducts Adès (Deutsche Grammophon) for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Classical Compendium and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are twice-nominated for the collection of Charles Ives: The Complete Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon) for Best Engineered Album, Classical and Best Orchestral Performance. Pianist Daniil Trifonov is nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Destination: Rachmaninoff – Arrival (Deustche Grammophon) and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is nominated for her album Farinelli (Decca Classics).