Lil Nas X and Brandi Carlile are just a few of the queer artists taking up some of the highly coveted spots on the list of major nominees.
For the past two years, the Recording Academy has spoken early and often about bringing more inclusivity to the Grammy Awards. They took action when they added 900 new voting members after forming a task force to foster more diversity within the organization. Skeptics wondered how effective the new class of voters would be in creating inclusivity — but if the 2020 nominations are any indication, then the awards may be in good hands.
The nominations for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (Nov. 20), and among the nominees, LGBTQ artists made a significant impact, earning nominations across the board in categories both big and small. Spanning multiple genres and various artistic roles, the nominations paint a picture of an awards show that, at the very least, is working toward a broader claim to inclusion.
Lil Nas X is undoubtedly leading the charge for queer artists at the Grammys. The out rapper earned six nominations, tying pop singer Billie Eilish for the second-most nominations (after Lizzo's eight nods), three of which occupy the event's Big Four general categories: "Old Town Road" earned a nomination for record of the year; 7 was recognized as a nominee for album of the year; and Nas himself snagged a best new artist nod. The star also received nominations for best pop duo/group performance and best music video for "Old Town Road," as well as best rap/sung performance for "Panini."