The Most Confusing 2020 Grammys Nominations

Curated via Twitter from W Magazine’s twitter account….

The first question people will probably ask when looking at the nominations list concerns how Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" scored nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, when only songs released between October 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 are eligible.

This year, "Always Remember Us This Way" from A Star Is Born received a nomination for Song of the Year, her heartbreaking finale ballad "I'll Never Love Again (Film Version)" received a nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media, and the entire A Star Is Born soundtrack received a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

The singer won some Latin Grammys in 2019 (and was nominated in 2017 and 2018) and her music does draw from both Latin American influences and Flamenco (which originated in Spain, but is attributed to Andalusian and Romani people), but she is not Latina, and many media outlets have received criticism from Latinx fans for not being clear enough about the difference between someone being a Hispanic performer who makes Latin music and someone who is Latina.

In the non-music arena, Aziz Ansari, whose Netflix special Right Now was released as a comedy album that attempted to tackle "wokeness" but ended up falling flat, received a nomination for Best Comedy Album, when the special was, to put it lightly, not that funny.

Lil Nas X, the nation's beloved Gen-Z country star, won the world over with his viral "Old Town Road," which most would agree deserves many accolades. Best New Artist? Sure. Record of the year? Absolutely. Album of the Year? Not so fast.

Balvin, Flor De Toloache, iLe, and Rosalía all received nominations in Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album— which lumps rock, urban, and alternative genres into a single, Spanish-language group.

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