GRAMMY SNUBS AND SURPRISES: NEW ARTISTS REIGN SUPREME, K-POP FALLS SHORT

This year's awards push aside established names and superstars as the focus shifts to new talent

Lizzo, seen performing in Los Angeles in October, received eight nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards, the most of any artist this year. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

The 62nd Grammy Awards nominations opened with a pronouncement — and what could be seen as a warning.

“What happens this year on the Grammys stage will be unexpected and unapologetically authentic,” Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan declared Wednesday morning.

“I hope this year’s awards will inspire you, will challenge you, and maybe change the way you think and the way you feel.”

In many ways, the nominations did challenge convention. Though the top four categories — album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist — were similar to last year in that they are populated by women as well as hip-hop and R&B artists, this time around there was an increased focus on new talent.

The best new artist category, for instance, has been expanded from five to eight nominees.

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