Grammy 2024 Nominations: Here Are Some Snubs and Surprises For This Year

BY Dora Abena Dzaka November 13, 2023 2:06 PM EDT
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The full list of 2024 Grammy nominations was released to the public on Friday, November 10.

The 94-category list that was dropped contains many surprises and snubs in the run-up toward the finale which will air on February 4, 2024, on CBS.

This year’s list is indeed refreshing and course-correcting, especially in light of the remarks made by former CEO and chairman of The Recording Academy and MusiCares, Neal Portnow, regarding the necessity for female artistes to “step up” in order to be nominated more frequently.

Unfortunately, some well-known names that were anticipated to be on the list were absent, but the most welcome surprise is that every single top nominee is a woman.

SZA, Victoria Monét, and Boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus) are the top three nominees with nine, seven, and six nominations. respectively.

Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, and Brandy Clark Janelle Monae, Lana Del Rey, and Dua Lipa are next in line.

These were the biggest surprises and snubs from the Grammy nominations for 2024.

Snub: Luke Combs’ “Fast Car” slows its roll.

Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” won Single and Song of the Year at the CMA Awards, and it was a crossover smash, receiving airplay on pop and adult-contemporary radio and peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is actually four spots higher than Chapman’s chart placement in 1988. But Combs was overlooked in the major categories, only receiving one nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.

Surprise: Janelle Monáe for album of the year

A surprise entrant in the album of the year category was Janelle Monáe, as few analysts thought she’d make it in for The Age of Pleasure.

Surprise: Jon Batiste continues his world dominance

The former bandleader of Stephen Colbert, who is now a Grammy darling, was an 11-time nominee and the unanticipated winner of the Album of the Year award two years ago. His seventh studio album, World Music Radio, earned him six more nominations this year, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year.

Surprise: Miley Cyrus

Miley, one of the biggest pop stars of her generation, has never been taken seriously by the Recording Academy. Her only two nominations came eight years ago, for Best Pop Vocal Album (which she lost to Sam Smith) and as a special guest on Lil Nas X’s Album of the Year nominee, Montero. With nominations in three of the “Big Four” categories this year—Record and Song of the Year for Flowers, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks—and Album of the Year for Endless Summer Vacation, she is finally getting her due.

Surprise: Victoria Monét

The fact that Monét is this year’s second-biggest nominee and the only nominee for Best New Artist to be honored in two separate Big Four categories (Record of the Year, for “On My Mama”) may come as a surprise to those outside the industry. The 34-year-old R&B artiste has written and produced songs for artistes such as Ariana Grande, Blackpink, Fifth Harmony, T.I., Chloe x Halle, Nas, Machine Gun Kelly, Brandy, and Coco Jones. For her work in these areas, she has already received three Grammy nominations.