Kacey Musgraves’ potential 2022 Grammy nominations made headlines last month when it emerged that the Recording Academy had decided that her latest release, star-crossed, wasn’t eligible in the country albums category. In the wake of that decision, which prompted a strongly worded letter from the president of Universal Music Group Nashville, Musgraves only scored two nominations, neither of which was for star-crossed as an album. Musgraves has won six Grammys over the course of her career, including album of the year in 2018.
Other artists who fared worse than expected as the 2022 Grammy Awards nominations were announced today include Drake, BTS, Ariana Grande, Tyler the Creator and 2021’s best new artist winner, Megan Thee Stallion.
Though Drake has expressed his irritation with the Grammys in the past, including reportedly declining to submit More Life for consideration for the 2018 edition of the music awards, his album Certified Lover Boy was a hit this past year. Still Drake only finds himself nominated for best rap performance and best rap album.
(Drake later asked that both of his nominations be withdrawn.)
Meanwhile, BTS’ No. 1 hit “Butter” only landed one nomination, for best pop duo/group performance.
Experts predicted that Ariana Grande could land nods in the album, record and song of the year categories for her latest release Positions and its title track of the same name, but she was left out of the big four general-field categories.
Tyler the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost was seen as a contender for album of the year but only landed a best rap album nod. (He scored another nod for best melodic rap performance.)
Megan Thee Stallion won three Grammys in March, including one in the top category of best new artist, and experts predicted she’d land nominations this year for her album Good News, but she only landed two nods: one for her work on Lil Nas X’s Montero and another for best rap performance.
Another Grammys all-star, Taylor Swift, who won her third album of the year award earlier this year for her surprise summer 2020 release Folklore, was eligible again for the 2022 Grammys for her December 2020 release Evermore. While Swift was nominated for album of the year for Evermore, that was ultimately her only nod for the 2022 awards, not landing any nominations for her single “Willow,” which she performed on the Grammys stage during the 2021 show.
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’ Plastic Hearts was quickly called out by fans on social media as a Grammys snub after failing to earn any nominations.
April 2, 6:32 p.m. This story has been updated to reflect Drake asking that his nominations be withdrawn and Swift losing one of her initial nominations for the 2022 Grammys.