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Here are the nominees in the main categories of the Grammy Awards. We’ll be updating the list throughout the day.

Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

“I Still Have Faith In You”

Jon Batiste

“I Get A Kick Out Of You”
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Right On Time”
Brandi Carlile

“Kiss Me More”
Doja Cat Featuring SZA

“Happier Than Ever”
Billie Eilish

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Lil Nas X

“drivers license”
Olivia Rodrigo

“Leave The Door Open”
Silk Sonic – WINNER

Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s).

We Are
Jon Batiste – WINNER

Love For Sale
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe)
Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever
Billie Eilish

Back Of My Mind

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Kanye West

Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

“Bad Habits”
Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

“A Beautiful Noise”
Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile)

“drivers license”
Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)

“Fight For You”
Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Happier Than Ever”
Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

“Kiss Me More”
Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)

“Leave The Door Open”
Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic) – WINNER

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)

Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)

“Right On Time”
Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best New Artist
This category recognizes an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

Arooj Aftab

Jimmie Allen

Baby Keem


Glass Animals

Japanese Breakfast


Arlo Parks

Olivia Rodrigo – WINNER


Best Pop Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

Justin Bieber

“Right On Time”
Brandi Carlile

“Happier Than Ever”
Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

“drivers license”
Olivia Rodrigo – WINNER

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

“I Get A Kick Out Of You”
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Justin Bieber & benny blanco


“Higher Power”

“Kiss Me More”
Doja Cat Featuring SZA – WINNER

Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new pop vocal recordings.

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)
Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe)
Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever
Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Olivia Rodrigo – WINNER

Best Dance/Electronic Recording
For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.

Afrojack & David Guetta
Afrojack, David Guetta, Kuk Harrell & Stargate, producers; Elio Debets, mixer

Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo
Ólafur Arnalds & Simon Green, producers; Ólafur Arnalds, mixer

James Blake
James Blake & Dom Maker, producers; James Blake, mixer

Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Simon Green & Orlando Higginbottom, producers; Simon Green & Orlando Higginbottom, mixers

“You Can Do It”
Dan Snaith, producer; David Wrench, mixer

Rüfüs Du Sol
Jason Evigan & Rüfüs Du Sol, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer – WINNER

“The Business”
Hightower, Julia Karlsson & Tiësto, producers; Tiësto, mixer

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.

Black Coffee – WINNER

Fallen Embers

Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded)
Major Lazer


Free Love
Sylvan Esso

Ten City

17 Times the Grammys Got Record of the Year Wrong

  • Percy Faith - 'Theme from A Summer Place' (1961)

    “Theme from A Summer Place” is a lush piece of orchestral music with two notable distinctions: It holds the record for being the longest-running instrumental song to top the Billboard Hot 100 at nine weeks, and it was the first song from a film to win Record of the Year.

    However, despite its obvious beauty, it really doesn’t hold a candle to two of the songs it was nominated against: Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind” and Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

  • Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto - 'The Girl from Ipanema' (1965)

    Sure, “The Girl from Ipanema” is an undeniable classic, but so is The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was also nominated for Record of the Year. Truth be told, the competition for Record of the Year in 1965 was pretty steep. Also nominated that year was Petula Clark’s “Downtown,” Louis Armstrong’s “Hello, Dolly!” and Barbra Streisand’s “People.”

    But I mean…The Beatles were right there! 

  • Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - 'A Taste of Honey' (1966)

    Speaking of The Beatles, they lost Record of the Year in 1966 to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “A Taste of Honey.” What Beatles song was nominated, you might ask? “Yesterday.” Friggin’ “Yesterday,” which is only one of the greatest pop songs of all time!

  • Olivia Newton-John - 'I Honestly Love You' (1975)

    “I Honestly Love You” may have broke Olivia Newton-John in the United States and been a massive hit around the world, but it’s whisper quiet delivery just hasn’t aged very well. You know what song has aged well? Fellow nominee “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John, which should have won.

  • George Benson - 'This Masquerade' (1977)

    An eight-minute smooth jazz hit beat out some pretty big pop tunes for Record of the Year in 1977. Among them were Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs” and Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now.” It even beat out Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight,” which still holds the title* for “Best Song About a Nooner.”

    * = Not an actual title, but it should be.

  • Billy Joel - 'Just the Way You Are' (1979)

    Even the Piano Man’s biggest fans have to admit that compared to fellow nominee “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Just the Way You Are” shouldn’t have taken Record of the Year. Also nominated for Record of the Year in 1979 was Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street,” which should’ve won a special award from the Recording Academy for “Sweetest Sax Riff Ever.” Shout out to sax player Raphael Ravenscroft!

  • Christopher Cross - 'Sailing' (1981)

    At the 1981 Grammys, Christopher Cross became the first artist to sweep the four major general field categories: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year. While we’re not debating the other three categories, it’s just mind-boggling Cross won Record of the Year when he was up against the likes of Kenny Rogers’ “Lady,” Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” Frank Sinatra’s “Theme from New York, New York” and Barbra Streisand’s “Woman in Love.”

  • Toto - 'Rosanna' (1983)

    The 25th Annual Grammy Awards that took place in 1983 was another infamous ceremony that’ll be forever known as the “Toto year.” Not only did Toto IV win Album of the Year, “Rosanna” won Record of the Year. Sure, the nominees in the Record of the Year field aren’t exactly the strongest collection of songs in Grammy history, but Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Vangelis’ classic instrumental “Chariots of Fire” are so much better.

  • USA for Africa - 'We Are the World' (1986)

    It’s understandable why “We Are the World” won. Sure, it was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and it raised a bunch of money for various African relief efforts, and it gave us that funny/awkward Bob Dylan GIF, but “We Are the World” isn’t a good song! Literally any other song nominated for Record of the Year could’ve won and it would have been great, and there were some stellar tunes nominated! Also nominated for Record of the Year in 1986 were Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” and Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love.”

  • Steve Winwood - 'Higher Love' (1987)

    By now on this list, you’ll have noticed that some of the songs that won Record of the Year are actually really good, but their competition was just better, especially in hindsight. Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” falls under that distinction. Great song? Yes, but better than Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love,” Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”? Nope, but it was definitely better than Dionne Warwick and Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For.” Similar to “We Are the World,” “That’s What Friends Are For” raised money for a good cause (AIDS research), but the song was just too cheesy.

  • Bobby McFerrin - 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' (1989)

    Oof! What on Earth was the Recording Academy thinking with this one?! This is one of the worst Record of the Year winners of all time, and for obvious reasons that we don’t even have to get into with this novelty tune. Literally any other nominee could have won, and it would have been an outstanding choice. Those nominees? Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Anita Baker’s “Giving You the Best That I Got,” Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Steve Winwood’s “Roll with It.”

  • Natalie Cole (with Nat King Cole) - 'Unforgettable' (1992)

    Sometimes the Recording Academy makes choices based more on emotions than anything. That was seemingly the case when “We Are the World” won in 1986, and that certainly seemed to be the case in 1992 when Natalie Cole did a duet of sorts with her father, Nat King Cole, on a cover of his classic tune “Unforgettable.” Is it the biggest crime the Record Academy ever committed? No, but this is yet another example of truly incredible songs being overlooked for the sake of a “moment.” The four other songs nominated against “Unforgettable” were Amy Grant’s “Baby Baby,” Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” and Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About.”

  • Coldplay - 'Clocks' (2004)

    #GrammysSoWhite? In the case of Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammys, that could be easily argued. Coldplay’s “Clocks” is a great song with a great piano hook, but it was very much the “safe” choice out of the field of nominees, which included The Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake’s “Where Is the Love?” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” However, Record of the Year easily could have been a tie between Beyonce ft. Jay-Z’s “Crazy in Love” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” Both tunes have been far more impactful in recent years.

  • Ray Charles & Norah Jones - 'Here We Go Again' (2005)

    Yet another emotional choice. “Here We Go Again” was featured on the posthumously released Genius Loves Company and is Ray Charles’ final studio album. Charles is an undeniable legend, and that goes without saying, but “Record of the Year”? No, this should have either gone to Green Day’s “American Idiot” or Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris’ “Yeah.”

  • Kings of Leon - 'Use Somebody' (2010)

    If you’re a Kings of Leon fan, “Use Somebody” is the moment where the band grew into a more pop, less garage/southern rock sound. Once again, it’s not a bad song, but Beyonce’s “Halo” or Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” were better, more impactful songs.

  • Gotye ft. Kimbra - 'Somebody That I Used to Know' (2013)

    This is definitely one of the Recording Academy’s biggest errors in recent years, especially when it’s been proven that Gotye is yet another one-hit-wonder. As with previous choices, it seems as though literally any other nominee up for Record of the Year would have been the better choice that also would’ve have aged gracefully. In this case, the other nominees were The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and fun. ft. Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young.” The Recording Academy’s mission probably isn’t to go out of their way to annoy people, but it sure does feel like it sometimes.

  • Billie Eilish - 'Everything I Wanted' (2021)

    “Everything I Wanted” secured back-to-back Record of the Year wins for Billie Eilish. (She won the honor in 2020 for “Bad Guy.”) While there was stiff competition for Record of the Year in 2021, it just seemed like the year was Megan Thee Stallion’s coming out party, similar to Eilish in 2020. “Everything I Wanted” is a great song; “Savage” is just better.