In case you have not been lucky enough to catch a whiff of Lady Gaga’s surreal House of Gucci press tour, let us be the first to tell you: awards season is in full swing. Some might fairly call it fever pitch, as last year’s lack of theatrics seem to have slingshot this fall to the absolute stratosphere: more movies, more memes, more elaborate PR packages (looking at you, liter-size bottle of orange wine that accompanied my screener of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter).
Amid the chaos, on November 23, the Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards, and they are bewildering as ever: Bieber and Donda for album of the year, 11-year-old British band Glass Animals for best "new" artist, literal Coldplay.
Some notable pleasures stood out from the pack, however, including three Oregon-connected acts who scored four total nominations on Tuesday. Eugene-raised Michelle Zauner, a.k.a. indie darling Japanese Breakfast, landed nods for best new artist (against the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, and yes, Glass Animals) and best alternative album, for June's Jubilee. Cappella Records, the label of Portland sacred-music vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, is up for best choral performance for its recording of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. And pianist Simone Dinnerstein's An American Mosaic, first commissioned by Eugene's Oregon Bach Festival, is up for best classical instrumental solo.
Awards will be doled out on January 31 at the recently (and dreadfully) renamed Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. For a full list of nominees, head here; check out Zauner's self-directed video for Jubilee single "Savage Good Boy" below: