Jon Batiste and Young Chart-Toppers top 2022 Grammy nominations

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The nominees for Best Country Album are “Starting Over” by Chris Stapleton, “The Ballad of Dood and Juanita” by Sturgill Simpson, “Remember Her Name” by Mickey Guyton, “Skeletons” by the Osborne Brothers and “The Marfa Tapes” by Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram.

Kacey Musgraves’ latest, “Star-Crossed”, was ineligible for the country album, after being deemed insufficiently country by the academy selection committee; he was moved to the pop category, but received no nominations there. The move has caught the industry’s attention since Musgraves’ latest album, “Golden Hour,” won Best Country Album – as well as Album of the Year – in 2019.

The nominees for Non-Classical Producer of the Year are Jack Antonoff (for his work with Swift, Lana Del Rey and others), Rogét Chahayed (Doja Cat), Mike Elizondo (Twenty One Pilots, Turnstile), Hit -Boy (“Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album”) and Ricky Reed (Lizzo, Batiste).

With this year’s ballot, Jay-Z becomes the most nominated artist in Grammy history. He had been tied with Quincy Jones for 80 nods, but with three others – as a contributor to songwriting on Bieber’s “Justice” and twice in Best Rap Song, for collaborations with DMX and West – he’s now 83. Jay-Z has won 23 Grammys so far.

Nominations recognize music released from September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 and can be voted on by over 11,000 Recording Academy members, who must qualify as active musicians.

This year’s ballot was won by nearly 22,000 submissions – down slightly from the more than 23,000 submissions last year, which was a record.

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