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Here’s what to look out for at the 2022 Grammys

Rounding off an explosive awards season will be the Grammys, sure to benefit from the enormous upsurge of interest in unpredictable, starry live ceremonies. This year, the glitzy show will be back to business as usual, with a full audience at the arena. As we look forward to the big night, prepare yourself for these possible history-making moments.

Olivia Rodrigo could follow in Billie Eilish’s footsteps

First-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo is impressively nominated across all of the most prestigious awards, nicknamed the “Big Four”: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. With her mega-hit album Sour and record-breaking debut “drivers licence” she has a very good chance of sweeping all four, making her the second woman and second youngest to do so in a single night, after Billie Eilish in 2020.

There are still records Billie Eilish has yet to break

If Billie Eilish wins Record of the Year with her song “Happier Than Ever”, it will be the first time that an artist has won the award for three consecutive years – and the 20-year-old would only be breaking her own record, after winning last year for “everything i wanted”. And that’s not all the young star has to get excited about: if Eilish wins for Best Pop Vocal Album, she will be just the third artist to ever do it, matching Adele and Kelly Clarkson.

Jon Batiste could outdo Michael Jackson

Jon Batiste already leads with 11 nominations, the most anyone has ever received in one year since Kendrick Lamar six years ago. If he wins nine or more, he would break the record for the most wins in a night, topping a record set at eight by Michael Jackson and Santana.

Kanye West may gain yet more bragging rights

With five nominations, Kanye West could top Jay-Z by becoming the most Grammy-decorated hip hop artist. Jay-Z, who has 23 Grammys, is nominated for three awards this year, including two with Ye for Donda: Album of the Year and Best Rap Song for “Jail”, but if Ye sweeps the awards, adding to his collection of 22 Grammys so far, he takes the throne.

Taylor Swift could break one of the most impressive records

If Taylor Swift is able to scoop Album of the Year for Evermore after winning last year with Folklore, she will become the most awarded artist in the highly competitive category. The four wins would see her beat Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder, who match her at three.

It’s a battle of the former Presidents

Barack Obama has already won two Grammys in the Best Spoken Word category for Dreams from My Father in 2006 and The Audacity of Hope in 2008. With another nomination this year for A Promised Land, if he wins, he will beat former President Jimmy Carter for the most wins in the category, who currently reigns with three.

BTS could (finally) become the first K-Pop act to win a Grammy

BTS became the first K-Pop artists to be nominated for a Grammy last year for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, only for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande to win with “Rain On Me”. Could the record-breaking “Butter” be the track to crack that ceiling?

ABBA could get the flowers they deserve

Despite very much carrying the 1980s on their backs, this year marks the first time ABBA have ever been nominated for a Grammy. They could get the recognition they so deserve, 40 years late, if they win their Record of the Year nomination for “I Still Have Faith In You”.

This article was originally published on Vogue UK.

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