While six-time Grammy nominees Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Miley Cyrus won multiple awards and, in the case of Swift, made history, at the 2024 Grammys, fellow six-time nominees and past Grammy winners Olivia Rodrigo and Jon Batiste each went home empty-handed despite their half-dozen nominations apiece. Batiste even won album of the year in 2022 and some prognosticators thought he could emerge victorious for the top prize despite the strong female presence among this year’s nominees and winners.
Instead, Taylor Swift became the first performer to win album of the year four times with Midnights, and she announced a new album would be coming in a couple of months, giving her another shot at more Grammys gold.
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Fellow multiple nominee Lana Del Rey, up for five awards, was also shut out, despite nods in a number of the Grammys’ top categories.
Boygenius appeared to be off to a strong start with three wins in the premiere ceremony, including two in the rock categories, beating such past Grammy champs as Metallica, the Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters, who were winless despite three nominations for their first album since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
And while the supergroup of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus attended the premiere ceremony and excitedly accepted their wins, they failed to win any awards in the televised categories, including in the top categories of album and record of the year.
SZA went into Sunday night up for a leading nine awards and had the potential to become the first solo Black woman to win album of the year in 25 years. While she had a couple of moments during the televised awards show, including a powerful performance and a win for best R&B song that left her so overcome with emotion she was crying, she only took home three awards and didn’t win the record, song or album of the year prizes prognosticators thought she’d get.
And Barbie continued its mixed performance at awards shows, with the soundtrack for the hit Warner Bros. film, only winning three of its 11 nominations, though four of those were in one category (best song written for visual media, where Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” won). And Eilish’s song of the year prize, shared with her brother and co-songwriter Finneas O’Connell, is certainly significant, but the film wasn’t as dominant a performer for the evening as fans might’ve hoped. In one category, best score, Barbie lost to Oppenheimer, in an echo of the two films’ “Barbenheimer” face-off.
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