Jon Batiste leads Grammy nods; Billie Eilish, Kanye West up for album of the year

Jazz musician Jon Batiste led Grammy nominations with 11 nods. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Jazz musician Jon Batiste led nominations on Tuesday (Nov 23) for the Grammy Awards with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R with eight apiece.

Batiste and Bieber will compete for the top prize - album of the year - along with Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, H.E.R, Kanye West, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift, organisers said.

The Grammys, the highest honours in the music industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 31.

Nominees in the top three categories - album, song and record of the year - were increased to 10 from 8 for the first time.

"Adding more nominees is a way to cast a wider net for more music, more artists and more genres," Recording Academy chief executive Harvey Mason Jr said, announcing the change on Tuesday.

Eilish, Rodrigo, Bieber and Batiste were also among the 10 nominees for record of the year, along with Swedish band Abba's new single, I Still Have Faith in You.

But Swift, who snagged a best album nod for Evermore, was shut out of both the record of the year and song of the year races.

Teen phenomenon Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the US charts in January when her single Drivers License went viral, got seven nods, including best new artist and for her debut album Sour.

Rapper Jay-Z rose to the top of the list of artists with the most Grammy nominations on Tuesday, hitting a lifetime total of 83 that put him just ahead of former Beatle Paul McCartney.

The three latest nominations for Jay-Z came for collaborations with other artists. He made guest appearances on DMX song Bath Salts and Kanye West's Jail, which also earned Jay-Z a nod for West's album Donda.

Jay-Z has won 23 Grammys overall, including a best rap album award in 1999 and honours for songs Crazy In Love with his wife, Beyonce, in 2004 and Empire State Of Mind with Alicia Keys in 2011.

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