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Taylor Swift, Kanye West, among last-minute additions for top Grammy Awards nominations

According to The New York Times, The Recording Academy — the body behind the Grammy Awards — chose to increase the number of allotments in some categories at the last minute, soon before the nominees were released.

According to the New York Times, Recording Academy members decided a day before the Grammy nominations were released on Tuesday that the top categories at the annual awards presentation should be expanded to ten candidates instead of eight.

According to the newspaper, artists including Taylor Swift and Kanye West, as well as Lil Nas X and ABBA, benefited from the change.

The New York Times states that it was possible to ascertain which musicians were added as last-minute additions because they were not listed on a “final nominations list” of eight names obtained by the publication three days before nominations were announced.

PEOPLE reached out to the Recording Academy for comment, but they did not respond right away.

Swift, 31, and West, 44, were late additions to the album of the year category for their respective efforts, Evermore and Donda, according to the Times. Doja Cat, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste, and Lil Nas X were among the late arrivals, along with Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett, and Lady Gaga, as well as Doja Cat, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste, and Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You” were added to the list of record of the year nominees, which previously featured songs by Rodrigo, 18, Bieber, 27, Bennett, 95, and Gaga, 35, Batiste, 35, Doja Cat, 26, Eilish, 19, Silk Sonic, and Brandi Carlile.

According to the New York Times, last-minute additions to the song of the year category included Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time.” They join Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, and Carlile, as well as Rodrigo, H.E.R., 24, Eilish, Silk Sonic, Lil Nas X, and Justin Bieber, as nominees.

According to the article, the rapper Baby Keem and composer Arooj Aftab were included to the late expansion of best new artist. Rodrigo, Jimmie Allen, FINNEAS, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks, and Saweetie are now among the nominees.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. praised the choice to include 10 candidates as a method “to make place for more music, more artists, and more genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusivity” during a live broadcast announcing the Grammy nominations.

“We viewed it as a fantastic chance for us to celebrate more artists and cast a light on more great music, and maybe create a wider opportunity for various kinds of music to be acknowledged,” Mason, 53, told Variety.

Mason noted that the decision to accept more nominations, which appeared to be made fast, was something that had been planned all along.

“It’s something we’ve spoken about for a long time, but it only happened recently,” he explained. “We saw the vote and the number of submissions [for the Grammys in 2022] and viewed it as a fantastic possibility.”

On January 31, the 64th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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