Are the 2020 Grammy Awards shaping up to be the queerest ceremony yet?
Early Wednesday morning, the Grammys team announced the nominees for 2020’s biggest night in music. Queer pop and rap fans were likely not disappointed: Gay country-rapper Lil Nas X and vocal LGBTQ ally Lizzo were two of the leading nominees, both earning nods for Album of the Year—Nas for his debut EP, 7, and Lizzo for her latest album, Cuz I Love You.
NO FUCKING WAY
— nope (@LilNasX) November 20, 2019
In total, Lizzo scored a whopping eight nominations, while Lil Nas X trailed behind her with six.
— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) November 20, 2019
LGBTQ singers like pop star Lady Gaga (“Always Remember Us This Way”) and longtime country crooner Brandi Carlile (“Bring My Flowers Now”) both scored noms for Song of the Year. Legendary “filth elder” John Waters received a Best Spoken Word Album nomination for the audiobook version of his book Mr. Know-It-All, too.
Lover songstress and LGBTQ ally Taylor Swift also got a Best Solo Pop Performance nod for her pro-equality anthem “You Need to Calm Down,” among other nods.
Other artists who scored major nominations this morning include 17-year-old alt-pop breakout star Billie Eilish (Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go, plus five other noms); indie crooners Bon Iver (Album of the Year for i, i); “7 Rings” singer Ariana Grande (Best Vocal Pop Album for Thank U, Next); and resident “Venice Bitch” Lana Del Rey (Album of the Year for Norman Fucking Rockwell!).
At the 2019 Grammy Awards, queer women and LGBTQ allies stole the stage, with St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, teaming up with Dua Lipa for a steamy duet. Country queen-slash-“gay icon” Kacey Musgraves also swept the night—and cast a literal rainbow over the stage during a stirring rendition of “Rainbow,” a hit off of her Album of the Year–winning Golden Hour.
For a complete list of the nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, click here, and keep an eye out for the ceremony, airing January 26, 2020, on CBS.