The Recording Academy announced its nominees ahead of the 65th Grammy Awards on Tuesday in Los Angeles and heavy-hitters Adele, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and Taylor Swift will be facing off in one of the big four categories.

Song of the year is one of the most coveted prizes of the night as the category saw an impressive and extensive field including: Adele – Easy on Me, Beyoncé – Break My Soul, Harry Styles – As It Was, Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5, and Lizzo – About Damn Time, and Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film).

As if that wasn’t already enough they will also be up against  Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend & Fridayy – God Did, Gayle – ABCDEFU , and Steve Lacy – Bad Habit.

Wow factor: The Recording Academy announced its nominees ahead of the 65th Grammy Awards on Tuesday in Los Angeles and heavy-hitters Adele (pictured in London back in July) , Lizzo, Bad Bunny, and Harry Styles will be facing off

The first category that was revealed was best pop solo performance which also had a competitive field including Adele – Easy On Me, Bad Bunny – Moscow Mule, Doja Cat – Woman, Steve Lacy – Bad Habit, Lizzo – About Damn Time, and Harry Styles – As It Was.

There are big changes afoot as earlier this year the academy made some significant additions with five new categories including songwriter of the year  to honor music´s best composer and a special song for social change award.

The non-classical songwriter category will recognize one individual who was the ‘most prolific’ non-performing and non-producing songwriter for a body of new work. 

It will take a different approach than song of the year, which awards the songwriters who wrote the lyrics or melodies to one song.

The songwriter of the year, non-classical field included: Amy Allen, Nija Charles, Tobias Jesso Jr., The-Dream, and Laura Veltz. 

The nominations were announced by  Olivia Rodrigo, John Legend, Machine Gun Kelly and Smokey Robinson.

Possible nominees include Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles and Adele. Some other hopefuls include Lizzo and Steve Lacy, who both had two of the biggest songs this year.

The new category for songwriters is a huge step forward. Last year, a rule update allowed that any songwriter, producer, engineer or featured artist on an album nominated for album of the year could ultimately earn a nomination.

The four other categories include best spoken word poetry album, alternative music performance, Americana music performance and score soundtrack for video games and other interactive media.

One highly-decorated artist who was not nominated was Bruno Mars who along with Anderson Paak who withdrew their Silk Sonic album from Grammy Awards consideration – one year after scooping up an impressive four awards at the 2022 ceremony.

Bruno, 37, who formed the musical superduo with Anderson, 37, in 2021, told Rolling Stone that the pair’s only album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, would not be submitted for a nomination at the 2023 awards.

The musical artist said that they made the decision not to put the album forward for this year’s ceremony, because they felt as though they would ‘be crazy to ask for anything more’ than they had already received at the 2022 Grammys – where they won four awards for the album’s lead track, Leave the Door Open. 

Shock: One highly-decorated artist who was not nominated was Bruno Mars who along with Anderson Paak who withdrew their Silk Sonic album from Grammy Awards consideration  (pictured accepting the Record of the Year gong at the 2022 awards)

Shock: One highly-decorated artist who was not nominated was Bruno Mars who along with Anderson Paak who withdrew their Silk Sonic album from Grammy Awards consideration  (pictured accepting the Record of the Year gong at the 2022 awards)

Bruno and Anderson’s hit track won the coveted Record of the Year trophy – and the album that it is now featured on was a favorite to win Album of the Year in 2023. 

But Bruno insisted that the duo feels as though they ‘won the moment the world responded to Leave the Door Open’, adding that ‘everything else was just icing on the cake’. 

Bruno continued: ‘We truly put our all on this record, but Silk Sonic would like to gracefully, humbly and most importantly, sexually, bow out of submitting our album this year.’ 

‘We hope we can celebrate with everyone on a great year of music and partake in the party. Thank you for letting Silk Sonic thrive.’ 

 The Grammy Awards will be handed out February 5, 2022 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Awards will be handed out February 5, 2022 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles(this a general view from the event on April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas)

The Grammy Awards will be handed out February 5, 2022 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles(this a general view from the event on April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas)



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