Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus might take that “Old Town Road” to a Record of the Year win.
With the release of a full list of nominees Wednesday morning, LGBTQ listeners had plenty of reasons to feel good as hell. Allies like Lizzo and Billie Eilish dominated the list, and queer up-and-comers like Lil Nas X won plenty of love as well.
Lil Nas X’s record-breaking duet with Cyrus, ally and dad to pansexual Miley Cyrus, earned some Academy attention as well. “Old Town Road” also was nominated for Record of the Year while the out rapper’s debut album, 7, is up for Album of the Year. Lil Nas X himself will go up against Lizzo in the Best New Artist category.
It’s just the most recent piling of accolades since the rapper released a crossover country hip-hop hit. Lile Nas X made history last week as the first out performer to win a Country Music Association Award.
Lizzo dominated the list of nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards with eight nominations.
The single “Truth Hurts” was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, while album Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album. She was also nominated as Best New Artist. Single “Exactly How I Feel” with Gucci Mane was nominated for Best R&B Performance while “Jerome” got a nod for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
The leader of Lizzbians has said she doesn't personally ascribe to any sexuality or gender but has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community, and will now be a top musician to watch at the awards.
Another Record of the Year nomination went to ally Billie Eilish’s single “Bad Guy,” which also scored Eilish a nomination as a writer for Song of the Year. Her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? also got a nod for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. And she too will be up for Best New Artist. “Bad Guy” is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Ariana Grande, another ally, scored Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album nominations for Thank U, Next while single “Seven Rings” is also up for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. “Boyfriend,” a Grande duet with Social House (her boyfriend Mickey Foster’s group), was nominated for Best Pop Duet/Group Performance.
The Song of the Year category included other prominent LGBTQ musicians, including Lady Gaga (“Always Remember Us This Way” with Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna) and Brandi Carlile (“Bring My Flowers Now” with Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker).