May 23, 2022
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At this 12 months’s Grammy Awards, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo, two of music’s freshest new stars, will face off in opposition to Abba and Tony Bennett, a few of its sagest.

That’s the unpredictable state of play in the awards present’s top-line class — report of the 12 months — the place 10 artists from throughout genres, spanning ages 19 to 95, will compete for the prize at the sixty fourth annual ceremony on Sunday.

Expanded from 5 to eight nominees in 2019, after which to 10 in a last-minute change to this year’s slate, report of the 12 months acknowledges a single monitor, based mostly on the artist’s efficiency and the studio contributions of producers, audio engineers and mixers.

The award might be seen as an try and sum up well-liked music’s earlier 12 months in only one impactful track: Current trophies for finest report have gone to Billie Eilish — twice in a row, for “Dangerous Man” and “Every part I Needed” — together with Infantile Gambino (“This Is America”), Bruno Mars (“24K Magic”) and Adele (“Good day”).

Eilish is nominated as soon as once more this 12 months, for the dynamic “Happier Than Ever,” becoming a member of Lil Nas X’s eclectic “Montero (Name Me by Your Identify),” Rodrigo’s energy ballad “Drivers License,” Bennett and Girl Gaga’s rendition of “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and Abba’s comeback single “I Nonetheless Have Religion in You.”

Rounding out the class are “Peaches” by Justin Bieber, that includes Daniel Caesar and Giveon; “Depart the Door Open” by Silk Sonic, the R&B duo comprising Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak; “Proper on Time” by Brandi Carlile; “Kiss Me Extra” by Doja Cat, that includes SZA; and “Freedom” by the jazz pianist and late-night tv bandleader Jon Batiste.

To assist make sense of this numerous musical buffet, The New York Occasions’s making-of collection “Diary of a Music” gathered three critics and the pop music editor for a freewheeling dialog about the nominees, how these artists replicate on the Grammys and who will — or ought to — win the trophy this weekend.

Friends embody:

Jon Caramanica, The New York Occasions’s pop music critic

Joe Coscarelli, The New York Occasions’s pop music reporter and “Diary of a Music” host

Caryn Ganz, The New York Occasions’s pop music editor

Wesley Morris, The New York Occasions’s critic at massive

Jon Pareles, The New York Occasions’s chief pop music critic

“Diary of a Music” gives an up-close, behind-the-scenes have a look at how pop music is made at present, utilizing archival materials — voice memos, demo variations, textual content messages, emails, interviews and extra — to inform the story behind the monitor. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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