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WEIRD THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 GRAMMYS

There are over eighty awards, Michelle Obama is nominated and one of the 'song of the year' nominations came out in 2017. Grammys, U OK hun?

Shannon Mahanty | 21.11.2019

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And the nominations are in! Last night the Grammys announced who was in the running to battle for an award come 27th January 2020, and it’s already a big win for women. Billie Eillish and Lizzo are leading the list, both featuring in eight categories including Song of the Year and Album of the Year, while Ariana Grande is up for five. It’s a feat made even more impressive when you consider that in 2018, only one woman, Alessia Cara, won an award during the entirety of the televised ceremony.

Grammy-by-numbers aside, we’ve had some other observations about the 2020 event. On further inspection, it turns out that beyond the meme-able moments and mic-drop performances, the Grammy awards are kind of weird. Here are BURO.’s double-take findings that deserve a deeper look.

"in 2018, only one woman, Alessia Cara, won an award during the entirety of the televised ceremony."

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are nominated for A Star is Born...Again

Last year, A Star is Born won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. But it seems producers have found a loophole, and the film is back for another seat at the Grammy table. In either a stroke of genius or blatant cheating, single Shallow was released three days before the 2019 Grammy deadline, but the full album soundtrack wasn’t out until five days after. Given the release date, the A Star is Born album is eligible for this year's Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Award, while two of the singles are also nominated. However you look at it, an extra Lady Gaga red carpet look to dissect surely can’t be a bad thing.

There are an astonishing 84 Grammy Awards categories

Which begs the question, who isn’t getting a Grammy Award? Unlike the BRITs (which clocks in at fourteen awards), for many, the Grammys ceremony is less champagne and afterparties, more croissants and 9am starts, especially if you're there for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, which doesn’t make the TV edit.

There’s both an album of the year AND record of the year award

After extensive research, we’ve learned the difference: Album of the Year is for the best album. Record of the Year is for the single from the album. Now while that may sound suspiciously familiar to Song of the Year, the latter is awarded to songwriting, as opposed to the whole production. Got it? Us neither.

billie eilish is nominated in 8 categories 

Best Children's Album is up for a gong, as is best album notes

In other unexpected category news.

Michelle Obama is nominated!

Everything the former first lady touches turns to gold, and her turn as a voiceover artist is no exception. She’s been nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of her memoir, Becoming. Meanwhile, Becoming, which has sold over 10 million copies, is on it’s way to being the best-selling memoir ever. Sounds like it’s high time to free up some space in the Obama’s trophy cabinet.

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