The 2022 Grammy nominations highlight an array of artistry

Los Angeles, California – The 2022 Grammy nominations are in!

Lil Nas X (l.), Olivia Rodrigo (c.), and Doja Cat are going head-to-head in three of the "Big Four" categories.
Lil Nas X (l.), Olivia Rodrigo (c.), and Doja Cat are going head-to-head in three of the "Big Four" categories.  © Collage: IMAGO/UPI Photo & MediaPunch

Nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced on a rolling basis Tuesday morning, and this year's nomination process was a bit different from year's past.

In April, the Grammys announced it was ending its practice of secret-committee nominations in its "Big Four" categories, which will include 10 nominations per category. Additionally, the institution established two new awards for Música Urbana Album and Global Music Performance.

The voting pool for the 2022 Grammy Awards is different from in the past, too. In June, the Recording Academy announced it had invited 2,710 musicians and professionals in the music industry to join its 2021 class of voting members.

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To no surprise, Olivia Rodrigo earned nominations in each of the "Big Four" categories for work on her debut album, Sour. The young singer also scored two other nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Coming hot off the release of her second rerecorded album, Red (Taylor's Version), Taylor Swift also landed a "Big Four" nomination for Album of the Year with her late-2020 album, Evermore.

The Grammy's Big Four categories include Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Roll out the Big Four nominations

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The award for Album of the Year is given not only to the performer, but also the album's songwriters and the production team behind the album in its entirety.

Nominations for Album of the Year for the 2022 Grammy's went to Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, Back of My Mind by H.E.R., Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) by Justin Bieber, Montero by Lil Nas X, Planet Her by Doja Cat, DONDA by Kanye West, Evermore by Taylor Swift, Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish, We Are by Jon Batiste, and Love for Sale by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

For Best New Artist, the nominations were Baby Keem, Finneas, The Kid LAROI, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, Glass Animals, Arlo Parks, Japanese Breakfast, Arooj Aftab, and Jimmie Allen.

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Nominations for Record of the Year, which is awarded to the performer and production team of a certain song, included Driver's License by Olivia Rodrigo, Kiss Me More by Doja Cat and SZA, Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish, Montero (Call Me by Your Name) by Lil Nas X, and Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic.

For Song of the Year, which is solely awarded to the songwriters of a single song, Grammy nominations include: Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran, Driver's License by Olivia Rodrigo, Fight for You by H.E.R., Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish, Kiss Me More by Doja Cat featuring SZA, and Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X.

In terms of country music, the nominations for Best Country Artist were brothers Osborne Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Jack Ingram, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton.

Jay-Z became the artist with the most nominations in Grammy history after racking up two nominations this year for Best Rap Song. One nomination was for his work on Jail by Kanye West, and the other for his contribution to the single Bath Salts with DMX and Nas. In total, Jay-Z has earned 83 Grammy nominations throughout his music career.

Check out the full list of nominations at the Grammy's official website.

The 2022 Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the Crypto.com Arena – formerly known as the Staples Center – on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 8 PM EST.

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