The Grammys 2022: Nominations and Predictions

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On November 23rd, 2021, the 2022 Grammy nominations were released. Artists such as ABBA, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber were nominated for various awards. Here’s a guide to the artists and works that were nominated for the general fields as well as possible favorites for the awards.

Record of the Year

“I Still Have Faith In You”



Jon Batiste

“I Get A Kick Out Of You”

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga


Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

“Right On Time”

Brandi Carlile

“Kiss Me More”

Doja Cat Featuring SZA

“Happier Than Ever”

Billie Eilish

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

Lil Nas X

“drivers license”

Olivia Rodrigo

“Leave The Door Open”

Silk Sonic

This category has many strong contenders, but “Leave The Door Open” and “drivers license” quickly rose to fame this year with incredible lyrics that would be fitting for a Record of the Year win. “Montero” also gained popularity and is still on the charts today, so this will be a tough choice for the judges.

 Album of the Year

We Are

John Batiste

Love For Sale

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe)

Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe)

Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever

Billie Eilish

Back Of My Mind



Lil Nas X


Olivia Rodrigo


Taylor Swift


Kanye West

Although I personally have had Evermore on repeat since its release in late 2020, it’s quite possible that Planet Her (Deluxe) might take the cake. Many also speculate that Olivia Rodrigo might be able to sweep the night with her seven nominations.

Song of the Year

“Bad Habits”

Fred Gibson, Johnny McDaid & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

“A Beautiful Noise”

Ruby Amanfu, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Alicia Keys, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry & Hailey Whitters, songwriters (Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile)

“drivers license”

Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Olivia Rodrigo)

“Fight For You”

Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

“Happier Than Ever”

Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

“Kiss Me More”

Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini, Lukasz Gottwald, Carter Lang, Gerard A. Powell II, Solána Rowe & David Sprecher, songwriters (Doja Cat Featuring SZA)

“Leave The Door Open”

Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Montero Hill & Roy Lenzo, songwriters (Lil Nas X)


Louis Bell, Justin Bieber, Giveon Dezmann Evans, Bernard Harvey, Felisha “Fury” King, Matthew Sean Leon, Luis Manuel Martinez Jr., Aaron Simmonds, Ashton Simmonds, Andrew Wotman & Keavan Yazdani, songwriters (Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon)

“Right On Time”

Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

This category is one of the hardest ones to predict, but I’ve seen “drivers license,” “Leave The Door Open,” and “Happier Than Ever” suggesting a win the most. This category might be a big surprise for a lot of people. 

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab

Jimmie Allen

Baby Keem


Glass Animals

Japanese Breakfast


Arlo Parks

Olivia Rodrigo


I would be genuinely surprised if Olivia Rodrigo did not win Best New Artist. Sour broke innumerable records in 2021 and quickly became a sensation for people all over the world. Rodrigo is one of the most memorable artists of 2021 and has quickly made a name for herself in the music industry. However, FINNEAS’s incredible songwriting skills and Glass Animals’s “Heat Waves” are also worth mentioning.

We can definitely expect the unexpected at the 2022 Grammys, which is setting itself up to be quite an exciting event. We’ve seen plenty of upsets, cheers, and criticism of the awards in the past. Whatever happens, the Grammys will inevitably create news in the music industry for artists, listeners, and everyone in between.

About the Author

Elaina Xiao
Elaina Xiao is the Opinions Editor and Graphic Design Specialist. She is a senior and lives 6 hours away from IMSA :0. Outside of The Acronym, she is passionate about coding, political science, singing, and trying all the food at Lexington. You can often find her running across Yare to get to class, watching TikToks in the IRC, or ranting to her family on FaceTime.

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