On Friday, Nov. 10, musicians and producers celebrated the announcement of the 2024 Grammy nominations. If your TikTok “For You Page” is anything like mine, you likely saw heartwarming videos of musicians such as War and Treaty or Noah Kahan reacting to the thrilling news of receiving a Grammy nomination.
The 66th Annual Grammy Award Show is scheduled to air live on Feb. 4 from Los Angeles, Calif. and will be particularly exciting since three new categories were added. The Recording Academy voted on the inclusion of three newly developed categories during a meeting in May of 2023. The additional categories include Best African Music Performance, Best Pop Dance Recording and Best Alternative Jazz Album.
SZA, who received nine nominations, earned the most number of nominations compared to any of the other nominees. Victoria Monét, Phoebe Bridgers and Serban Ghenea also impressively earned seven nominations each.
Not only are SZA and Phoebe Bridgers nominated separately, but SZA’s song “Ghost in the Machine” which features Bridgers was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Considering the number of artists who are nominated for such a wide variety of categories, it will be interesting to see if the amount of nominations correlates to the number of wins.
One of the categories that I always look forward to seeing and usually garners a lot of attention is Best New Artist. The nominees for this year are Noah Kahan, Victoria Monét, The War and Treaty, Coco Jones, Jelly Roll, Gracie Abrams, Fred Again and Ice Spice. I am especially excited to see who wins this category because some of my favorite artists are nominated.
I would love to see Noah Kahan receive the win as he has truly had such a monumental year with The “Stick Season” Tour and the extended “Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever)” album. He also is committed to discussing the topic of mental health and does this in a very raw way with his emotive song “Call Your Mom”. He has recently released multiple incredible collaborations with artists such as Hozier and Kacey Musgraves. While Kahan’s style usually fits the indie folk genre, his country feature on Zach Bryan’s “Sarah’s Place” proved that his talents are not confined to just one genre.
Another category that is highly anticipated by the public is the Record of The Year category. This year’s nominees include boygenius with “Not Strong Enough,” Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” SZA with “Kill Bill,” Miley Cyrus with “Flowers,” Jon Batiste’s “Worship,” Victoria Monet with “On My Mama,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” and Billie Eilish with “What Was I Made For?”
Some of the most popular and accomplished names in the music industry are nominated for this award so I predict a lot of attention will be placed on the result. While Miley Cyrus has been nominated for Grammys in the past, winning one of the current categories she has been nominated for would earn her her first Grammy win.
It is always exciting to see the artists whom you have been listening to all year be honored for their musical contributions during The Grammys. This year’s variety of nominees brings together veteran winners as well as fresh rising artists. The 66th Grammy award show should be a rewarding night for music artists, and an inspiring night for their fans.