When the nominations were announced today for the 62nd Grammy Awards, one of the biggest surprises was that much of the old guard appeared to be snubbed in favor of a wave of newer artists.
“For example, the legendary Bruce Springsteen had a big year with the release of his live album ‘Springsteen on Broadway,’ as well as his 19th studio album ‘Western Stars,’ and yet he failed to receive any Grammy noms,” Lisa Respers France writes in an analysis piece for CNN.
She also notes that the “Swifties,” Taylor Swift’s legions of fans, are likely to be in an uproar in response to the nominations.
“That’s because Taylor Swift only received three nominations on Wednesday,” the piece notes. “Her hugely popular ‘Lover’ album was passed over for album of the year, though the title track is nominated for song of the year.”
The analysis notes that the nominees for best album are “I,I” by Bon Iver; “Norman F***ing Rockwell” by Lana Del Rey; “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go” by Billie Eilish; “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande; “I Used to Know Her” by H.E.R.; “7” by Lil Nas X; “Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo; and “Father of the Bride” by Vampire Weekend.
“That’s a pretty fresh list for the top category given that three of those artists — Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish and Lizzo — are first-time nominees,” the piece notes, adding: “The Grammys have long been accused of not keeping up with the times and ‘playing it safe’ by honoring the tried and true artists in the industry. But this year it appears to be mostly about the new blood, with some of the more established performers actually being snubbed.”
The awards will be presented Jan. 26, 2020, with the ceremony to be televised live by CBS.