Songs from the 2020 Grammy nominees list (part 1)

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The Recording Academy announced its nominees’ list for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards from a total of 84 categories on Nov. 20, 2019. This will be the second year that the awards show will have eight nominees in the categories “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist,” compared to having only five nominees per category in previous years.

The awards show is expected to air on Jan. 26, 2020 on CBS. Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy Award winner, will return to host the show after doing so in 2019.  The Red & Black has compiled a list of some of the songs nominated this year.

Record of the Year

‘Old Town Road’- Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

The worlds of rap and country collide in Lil Nas X’s debut single, “Old Town Road.” The song first gained popularity through the app TikTok and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2019 for 19 consecutive weeks, making it the longest song to stay No. 1 in Billboard history. After receiving criticism that the song didn’t fit the country music genre, Lil Nas X responded by releasing a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus.

‘7 Rings’- Ariana Grande

This Grammy nomination follows Grande’s release of full-length albums “Sweetener” and “thank u, next.” The title was inspired by Grande who bought matching rings for six of her closest friends in New York. Throughout the song, Grande sings about other ways that she flaunts her expensive lifestyle.

‘Sunflower’- Post Malone and Swae Lee

The second single “Sunflower” from the third album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” of Post Malone is also featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.” This is the second collaboration between Malone and Swae Lee after “Spoil My Night” from Malone’s second album, “Beerbongs and Bentleys.” The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2019 and is the third song of Malone’s to accomplish this.

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