LOS ANGELES — If you’ve never heard the names Billie Eilish or Lizzo, that will change in a big way Wednesday when nominations are announced for the 62nd Grammy Awards, which will presented in January at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
At just 17 years old, Los Angeles native Eilish is widely expected to score nominations in all four of the top Grammy categories — Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist. The only person to ever win all four of those awards in the same year is Christopher Cross, who pulled it off in 1981.
Eilish is a virtual lock to be nominated in the categories for her breakthrough album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and her hit single “Bad Guy.” Singer-rapper Lizzo could also land in all four of the top categories, thanks to her album “Cuz I Love You” and top track “Truth Hurts.”
Earning nods in the top four Grammy categories is a rare feat, but having two artists pull it off in the same year is unprecedented.
As for other potential nominees for Album of the Year, Taylor Swift will likely be in the conversation for her “Lover” release, along with Ariana Grande for “Thank U, Next.” Tyler, the Creator is also a potential contender in the field, with other hopefuls including Lana Del Rey for “Norman F***ing Rockwell,” Khalid for “Free Spirit” and Maren Morris for “Girl.
This will be the second year in a row that the top categories will include eight nominees each, up from the previous five and opening the competition to a wider range of artists.
For Record of the Year, which is awarded to the artist, and Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriters, Eilish and Lizzo are clear favorites, with Lil Nas X also a likely contender for his smash hit collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road.” Swift is also a potential Record of the Year nominee for “You Need to Calm Down,” along with the Jonas Brothers for “Sucker,” Grande for “7 Rings,” Lewis Capaldi for “Someone You Loved” and the Post Malone/Swae Lee collaboration “Sunflower.”
Grande and Swift are also considered viable contenders for Song of the Year for “Thank U, Next” and “Lover,” respectively. Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” is also a contender, as are Maggie Rogers for “Light One” and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello for “Senorita.”
Eilish and Lizzo will top the field for Best New Artist, with Maggie Rogers, Capaldi, Megan Thee Stallion and Rosalia also considered favorites to receive nods. Lil Nas X could potentially land in the category as well.
Nominations in the top categories will be announced beginning at 5:20 a.m. California time by Grammy winner Alicia Keys — who will again host the Jan. 26 ceremony — and Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan and Academy board Chairman Harvey Mason Jr. The announcement will be made at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.
The balance of the nominations — totaling 84 categories — will be announced online following the New York news conference.