Bon Iver, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Khalid, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lizzo, Post Malone and Swae Lee are the artists in consideration for the momentous award
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Record Of The Year. While we’ll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let’s take a look at which records have been nominated for one of the most anticipated GRAMMY Awards each year.
Following last year’s expansion of eight nominees to the first four categories (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist), eight songs are in the running for Record Of The Year—”Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver, “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, “7 rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., “Talk” by Khalid, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Truth Hurts” Lizzo and “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee.
Record Of The Year is a cross-genre award given to the song’s recording artist, the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s). We’ve included all of these nominees below, along with more info and music video embeds to help you dive a little deeper into the tracks.
“Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver
GRAMMY-winning Wisconsin-bred alt-rock group Bon Iver—consisting of Justin Vernon, Sean Carey, Matthew McCaughan, Michael Lewis, Andrew Fitzpatrick and Jenn Wasner—released their fourth studio album, i,i, on Aug. 9, three years since their last, the GRAMMY-nominated 22, A Million. Ahead of the LP, the group dropped two singles on June 3, “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like).”
The fellow nominees for “Hey, Ma” are BJ Burton, Brad Cook, Chris Messina and Vernon, as producers, Burton, Zach Hansen and Messina as engineers/mixers and Greg Calbi as the mastering engineer.
Bon Iver is also nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Alternative Music Album for i,i. The album is also nominated for Best Recording Package, an award for the art directors of the physical LP. Back at the 54th GRAMMY Awards, the group won the coveted Best New Artist gramophone, as well as Best Alternative Music Album for their self-titled sophomore effort.
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
Following a massive rise to fame in 2018, first-time nominee Billie Eilish released her highly-anticipated debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on March 29, along with its fifth single, “bad guy.” As with all of her music released so far, the dark-electropop artist’s older brother, a fellow first-time nominee FINNEAS produced the hit single, which later spawned a Justin Bieber remix.
“bad guy” is nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is up for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (an engineers’ award).
Eilish is also up for the coveted Best New Artist award, bringing her to six total nominations and FINNEAS is up for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. Rob Kinelski, who assisted FINNEAS with engineering/mixing and John Greenham, who served as the mastering engineer are nominated for their work on “bad guy.”
“7 rings” – Ariana Grande
Earlier this year, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, pop princess Ariana Grande won her first-ever GRAMMY, for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2018 No. 1 album Sweetener. 2019 also saw the release of its follow up, her fifth studio album, thank u, next, on Feb. 8, which was preceded with is second viral lead single, “7 rings,” on Jan. 18.
“7 rings” is up for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, while thank u, next is in the running for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Grande, along with featured artist Social House, is also up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the non-album single “boyfriend,” bringing her to five total nominations this year.
The producers, engineers and mixers of “7 rings” are also nominated for Record Of The Year their work on it: Charles Anderson, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster and Victoria Monet, as the producers, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Billy Hickey and Brendan Morawski, as the engineers/mixers and Randy Merrill as the mastering engineer.
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
Following her first-ever nominations and two wins at the 61st GRAMMYs in February, R&B songstress/guitarist H.E.R. dropped another emotive track, “Hard Place,” on April 26. The I Used To Know Her mixtape/compilation LP followed on Aug. 30, which combined the two EPs sharing the same name into a cohesive album, along with a handful of new songs, including “Hard Place.”
The mysterious vocal powerhouse is up for five more GRAMMYs this year: Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Hard Place,” Album Of The Year for I Used To Know Her, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Could’ve Been” featuring Bryson Tiller.
GRAMMY-winning hit-maker Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins shares the Record Of The Year nomination as the producer on “Hard Place;” Joseph Hurtado, Jaycen Joshua, Derek Keota and Miki Tsutsumi, as the engineers/mixers and Colin Leonard, as the mastering engineer, are also nominated for their work on the track.
“Talk” – Khalid
Past Best New Artist nominee Khalid released the sophomore follow up to his critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated 2017 debut, American Teen, on April 7. The album, Free Spirit, was led by the hit single “Talk,” on Feb. 7, which is currently nominated for Record Of The Year.
The catchy electro-R&B track was produced by electronic wunderkids Disclosure and Denis Kosiak, who thus share the Record Of The Year nod. Ingmar Carlson, Jon Castelli, Josh Deguzman, John Kercy, Kosiak, Guy Lawrence (half of sibling duo Disclosure) and Michael Romero, who engineered/mixed the track, and Dale Becker, who was the mastering engineer, are also nominated for their work on “Talk.”
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X Ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Rising genre-nonconformist rapper/cowboy Lil Nas X wraps up a monumental debut year with his first-ever GRAMMY nominations, earning six total. His breakout hit, “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, is up for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.
The record-breaking viral hit served as the first official “remix” of the young star’s self-released track, in which he reached out to the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer to add a dose of OG country twang, after the original version infamously got pulled from Billboard’s country charts. It was produced by Andrew “VoxGod” Bolooki and YoungKio, with Bolooki and Cinco serving as engineers/mixers and Eric Lagg, as mastering engineer—all of whom share the Record Of The Year nod.
Galloping forth with the smash success of “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X dropped his debut EP, 7—featuring the original and Cyrus versions of the hit—on June 21. The EP is up for Album Of The Year, and one of its other hit singles, “Panini” is up for Best Rap/Sung Performance. Lil Nas X is among the eight bright contenders for Best New Artist.
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
Rapper/singer/flautist/twerk queen Lizzo has earned her first-ever GRAMMY nominations this year, rounding up eight total nods. The self-love-affirming bop maker is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for 2017’s “Truth Hurts” alone, as well as the prestigious Best New Artist award.
As the producers of “Truth Hurts,” Ricky Reed and Tele also share the Record Of The Year nod, along with Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin and Ethan Shumaker, the engineers/mixers, and Chris Gehringer, the mastering engineer.
Additionally, her 2019 major label debut (and third LP overall), Cuz I Love You, is up for Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Two of its singles, “Exactly How I Feel,” featuring Gucci Mane, and “Jerome” are nominated as well—for Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance, respectively.
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
Finally, the eighth song in the running is the hit down-tempo track from Post Malone and Swae Lee, “Sunflower,” from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. The two versatile young rap stars add two more nominations to their belt for the 62nd GRAMMYs; “Sunflower” is also up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Louis Bell and Carter Lang share the Record Of The Year nomination as producers, as well as Manny Marroquin, who engineered/mixed the album with Bell.