Grammy Fever: SZA Dominates Nominations, Taylor Swift Eyes History, And Artists React to The Showdown

In the latest Grammy nomination showdown, the music world is buzzing with excitement and a touch of surprise. SZA is leading the pack with nine nominations, completely dominating the nominations. Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Boygenius, Miley Cyrus, John Batiste, Victoria Monét, and Billie Eilish are all in the running for the coveted ‘Record of The Year’ category.

‘Album of The Year’ is no less intense, with SZA, Swift, Rodrigo, Cyrus, Batiste, Lana Del Rey, and Janelle Monae vying for the top spot. Phoebe Bridgers, Victoria Monét, and mixing engineer Serban Ghenea are not far behind, each securing seven Grammy nominations. Bridgers’ recognition for her work with Boygenius marks a significant milestone, with the group celebrating their first-ever Grammy nod.

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The Grammys of 2024 could be Taylor Swift’s historical moment, as her 2022 album ‘Midnights’ ties her with the legendary Barbra Streisand for the most nominations by a female artist in the ‘Album of the Year’ category. Swift, with 52 career nominations and 12 wins, continues to shape her legacy in the music industry.

As the news unfolded, artists took to social media to share their reactions. Mark Ronson, recognized for his work on ‘Barbie,’ posted a video showing his musical skills, playing a medley of songs from the film. Lana Del Rey, evidently caught off guard, shared her surprise on Instagram, expressing excitement about the Grammy nominations.

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Olivia Rodrigo, riding high with six Grammy nods, expressed her gratitude on Instagram, acknowledging the incredible honour bestowed upon her by the recording academy. Billie Eilish, with a mix of joy and disbelief, recognized her six nominations, confessing that her heart hurts in the best possible way. Miley Cyrus, in her trademark style, congratulated all the nominees, emphasizing the joy of having her music loved globally.

Notable among the nominations is Ryan Gosling, earning recognition for his song ‘I’m Just Ken’ from Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster ‘Barbie.’ The song is nominated in the ‘Best Song Written for Visual Media’ category, alongside other tracks from the ‘Barbie’ soundtrack. The inclusion of Rihanna’s ‘Lift Me Up’ from ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ adds more excitement to the mix.

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Greta Gerwig, the mastermind behind the ‘Barbie’ phenomenon, shared insights into the making of the film during a Screen Talk conversation at the BFI London Film Festival. She revealed her spirited defence of the ‘I’m Just Ken’ dance sequence, inspired by the classic ‘Singin’ In The Rain.’ Despite facing scepticism about the necessity of the sequence, Gerwig stood her ground, and the sequence turned out to be a pivotal moment in the film.

Barbie has not only become the highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide but also holds the distinction of being the highest-grossing film ever by a female director. The Grammys of 2024 promises a night of fierce competition, heartfelt gratitude, and perhaps, a historic moment for Taylor Swift. As the music industry gears up for the grand event, the excitement is palpable, and fans eagerly await to see who will take home the coveted trophies.

-Britney Jones