New kids on the block rule Grammys

New kids on the block rule Grammys

New kids on the block rule Grammys


Genre-mashing, bold and chart-topping new artists have caught the attention of the Recording Academy, as Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead in nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Lizzo is in first place, scoring eight bids Wednesday for her fun, positive rap-pop style that has made her not only the year's top new act, but arguably the year's most successful musician.

She and Eilish, who created her best-selling debut album with her brother Finneas at their home studio, each earned nominations in the top four categories: album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. Lil Nas X, who burst onto music charts with the country-trap anthem “Old Town Road,” earned nominations for album, record and song of the year.

Yola, the British country-soul singer who scored four nominations, said she feels honored to be nominated for best new artist alongside Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Eilish.

“You just couldn't ignore the contribution that Lizzo's brought, or Lil Nas, and the conversation he and I have been opening up about country music,” said Yola. “And obviously Billie, she's killing it.”

“I find it really hard to believe that I was awake; that it was a real thing. It's such a hard category to get into,” she added.

Rounding out the nominees for best new artist are pop singer Maggie Rogers, Spanish artist Rosalia, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas and Austin-based duo Black Pumas.

H.E.R., who scored five nominations at last year's Grammys, including a bid for best new artist, returns this year with five more nominations. She won two awards in the R&B categories earlier this year and said she's not sure what advice to offer the new acts who are dominating in Grammy nominations.

“I don't even know if I can give advice because everything felt so surreal to me. I was just thankful, and I know the nominations itself is just a stamp on all the hard work,” she said.

Yola, who spoke from Germany, said she couldn't stop crying after getting the good news. Her other nominations include best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “Faraway Look,” as well as best Americana album for “Walk Through Fire,” which was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

“I'm an album-maker more than a person that focuses on singles, so that's just really meaningful,” she said.

The R&B singer-songwriter-guitarist is also up for record and song of the year with “Hard Place.” In song of the year, women dominate with seven of the eight nominations, including Lady Gaga, Eilish, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey and Tanya Tucker.

“It's a beautiful thing,” she said of the women taking over.

H.E.R. said the key to her success has been staying true to herself and following whatever sound and style she wants to explore. Her goal, she said, is to be a genre-less artist.

“The fact of the matter is I'm not just one thing. And I love all styles of music,” she said. “I listen to Led Zeppelin and I listen to Jimi Hendrix. And I also listen to a lot of Drake, and I also listen to a lot of hip-hop from today. The range, as far as what I love, is so wide that it's only right for me to explore the things that I love.”

“The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020.