Black Artists Dominate 2020 Grammy Nominations

On Wednesday morning, the nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards were announced, and as usual, black artists dominated almost every contemporary category.

Lizzo leads all nominees with 8 nominations, and is closely followed by Lil Nas X (6), H.E.R. (5), and Beyoncé, Gary Clark Jr., J. Cole, and Lucky Daye who all grabbed 4 nominations.

The Grammys will take place on Sunday Jan. 26 and will be live on CBS at 7 p.m. EST. Alicia Keys is set to return as host, as she’ll be the third woman and the first female artist to host the show multiple times.

Michelle Obama received a nomination for best spoken word album for “Becoming,” as Nipsey Hussle received 3 posthumous nominations.

Earlier this year, a report from The Atlantic highlighted the long history black artists have when it comes to losing out in the show’s major categories, as a black artist hadn’t won Album of the Year since 2008 before Bruno Mars took the award home in 2018.

Below is a list of some of the major categories:

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bon Iver – i,i

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go

H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her

Lil Nas X – 7

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Brandi Carlile – Bring My Flowers Now

H.E.R. – Hard Place

Taylor Swift – Lover

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Love

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Bon Iver – Hey Ma

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – 7 rings

H.E.R. – Hard Place

Khalid – Talk

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Post Malone – Sunflower

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III

Meek Mill – Championships

21 Savage – I Am > I Was

Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

 

BEST RAP SONG

YBN Cordae – Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]

Rick Ross – Gold Roses [ft. Drake]

21 Savage – A Lot [ft. J. Cole]

Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]

DaBaby – Suge

 

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE

  1. Cole – Middle Child

DaBaby – Suge

Dreamville – Down Bad (feat. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy)

Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)

Offset – Clout (feat. Cardi B)

 

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

Daniel Caesar – Love Again (feat. Brandy)

H.E.R. – Couldn’t Been Her (feat. Bryson Tiller)

Lizzo – Exactly How I Feel (feat. Gucci Mane)

Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

Anderson .Paak – Come Home (feat. Andre 3000)

 

BEST R&B ALBUM

BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123

Lucy Daye – Painted

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

PJ Morton – Paul

Anderson .Paak – Ventura

 

BEST R&B SONG

H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]

Emily King – Look At Me Now

Chris Brown – No Guidance [ft. Drake]

Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo

PJ Morton – Say So [ft. JoJo]

 

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE

Bj the Chicago Kid – Time Today

India.Arie- Steady Love

Lizzo – Jerome

Lucky Daye – Real Games

PJ Morton – Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

 

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI

Liz – Cuz I Love You

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload

Nao – Saturn

Jessie Reyez -Being Human in Public

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Black Pumas

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Maggie Rogers

Rosalía

Tank and the Bangas

Yola

 

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Beyoncé – Spirit

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Ariana Grande – 7 rings

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

 

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Ariana Grande & the Social House – Boyfriend

The Jonas Brothers – Sucker

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Post Malone – Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

 

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Ariana Grande – thank u, next

Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project

Taylor Swift – Lover

 

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Andrea Bocelli – Sì

Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

Barbra Streisand – Walls

 

BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG

“Love Theory”– Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Songwriter

“Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus” — Gloria Gaynor ft. Yolanda Adams; Bryan Fowler, Gloria Gaynor & Chris Stevens, Songwriters

“See The Light” — Travis Greene ft. Jekalyn Carr

“Speak The Name” — Koryn Hawthorne ft. Natalie Grant

“This Is A Move (Live)” — Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Nate Moore, Songwriters

 

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

Long Live Love — Kirk Franklin

Goshen — Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers

Tunnel Vision — Gene Moore

Settle Here — William Murphy

Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album — CeCe Winans

Carron J. Phillips, Senior Columnist with The Shadow League, hails from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Phillips graduated with honors from Morehouse College in 2006 and received his Masters in 2011 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.