Grammys: these 5 artists who could make history
After a delay of more than two months caused by an unpredictable pandemic, the Grammy Awards return on Sunday with a slew of potential historic moments.
For the first time, the 64th annual ceremony will be held in Las Vegas – away from its traditional home in Los Angeles. This year’s event, hosted by Trevor Noah, also brings voting changes and two new categories.
And several artists in this year’s nominee class — from hip hop to jazz to pop music — could potentially break records.
Here are five nominees — familiar names, newcomers — about to make history.
Kanye West – now called Ye – may not be welcome this year as a Grammys performer, but he’ll earn a place in history if he tops Jay-Z’s 23 wins – most for a hip hop artist. Ye has 22 Grammys and is nominated for five more, including album of the year for “Donda.”
But it won’t be easy. Not to be outdone, Jay-Z has three nominations this year, including two with Ye for “Donda” and Best Rap Song for “Jail.”
Boy group BTS made history last year as the first Korean pop star to earn a Grammy nomination in the pop duo/group performance category. If their album “Butter” wins in this category this year, they will be the first K-pop group to win a Grammy.
BTS already made history as the first Korean artist to take the stage at the Grammys in 2019, when they presented the award for Best R&B Album.
Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo has been nominated for seven awards for her debut album, ‘Sour’, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year – both last for his heartbreaking ballad “Drivers Licence.”
If she wins all of those awards, 19-year-old Rodrigo could become the second-youngest artist to sweep all four major Grammys categories: best album, song, record and new artist.
In 2020, Billie Eilish became the youngest solo artist to win the four biggest awards at the Grammys. She was 18 years old.
To match his achievement, Rodrigo will also have to beat Eilish. The recent Oscar winner is also nominated in three major categories.
Tony Bennett won Debut Album of the Year for “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” at the fifth annual Grammy Awards. That was in 1963, and he continues to be honored at the Grammys decades later.
Bennett has five nominations this year for his collaboration with Lady Gaga, including for Album of the Year and Record of the Year. The duo is nominated for their cover of Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You”, a song written 88 years ago.
At 95, Bennett is the oldest person to ever release an album of new material – featuring some of his biggest hits over the past decade.
Singer Jon Batiste leads all artists this year with 11 Grammy nominations across genres, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Improv Jazz Solo and Best Album of the Year. R&B.
Batiste has a background in jazz and is the bandleader and musical director of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Her Grammy honors come from her work on the soundtrack for the Pixar film “Soul” and for her 2021 album, “We Are.”
If Batiste wins at least nine awards on Sunday, it will mark another milestone: bypassing Michael Jackson and Santana as the artists with the most Grammys in a year. The two received eight Grammys each in 1984 and 2000, respectively.