Win or lose, Lil Nas X is ‘thankful for the journey’ after 5 more Grammy nominations

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Rapper Lil Nas X attends the 2021 Met Gala in New York City.
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Lil Nas X is “thankful,” Saweetie is “speechless,” Jon Batiste is “grateful” and Lady Gaga is “stunned” after receiving multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday morning.

A number of newly minted Grammy nominees took to social media to celebrate their achievements and congratulate their competition. Leading the field is jazz musician Batiste, who is up for 11 awards, including record and album of the year.

“WOW!!” the “Freedom” performer and “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” music director wrote on Instagram. “Thank you God!! I love EVERYBODY! So grateful to my collaborators and to my ancestors.”

The 2022 Grammy nominations, in 86 categories

Nov. 23, 2021


Rapper and singer Lil Nas X — who is nominated in five categories, including record, song and album of the year — shared fans’ jubilant Twitter posts and live-tweeted his own reactions to the Recording Academy’s announcement all morning long.

“don’t have to win a single award, truly thankful for all the insight this year has brought me,” the “Industry Baby” hitmaker, known for his witty social media presence, wrote in a rare earnest tweet. “and thankful for the journey. love u guys.”

The Gen Z superstar’s steamy, controversial music video for the hit single “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” also clinched a nomination, prompting Lil Nas X to go full caps lock.


‘Colbert’ bandleader Jon Batiste leads the field with 11 nominations; Tony Bennett, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber and H.E.R. will vie for top prizes.

Nov. 23, 2021

Rapper Saweetie posted a string of triumphant confetti, teary-eyed, heart, party, sparkle, cartwheel and praying emojis on Instagram after landing her first two Grammy nominations for rap song and best new artist.


“2X GRAMMY NOMINATED IKDR!!!!!” the “Best Friend” hitmaker wrote on Instagram. “I wish I had the words to express how I feel but I’m just so grateful!!!!!!! Being acknowledged for all the hard work me and my team have been doing feels AMAZINNNNNG ... thank you #TeamIcy for stickin with me through thick and thin y’all some real ride or dies.”

Another first-time Grammy nominee, Michelle Zauner of indie-rock band Japanese Breakfast, shared on her Instagram Stories a video of herself losing her mind after learning that the group’s “Jubilee” is up for alternative music album. Japanese Breakfast is also nominated for best new artist alongside Saweetie, Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, Finneas, Glass Animals, the Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks and Olivia Rodrigo.

“WTF!!!!!!!!!” Zauner tweeted in response to the nominations.

Taylor Swift and BTS each received just one Grammy nomination this year, while little-known Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab received two, including best new artist.

Nov. 23, 2021

Singer-songwriter H.E.R., pop star Justin Bieber and rapper Doja Cat garnered the second most nominations with eight nods apiece.

“Thank you to all the people that helped create these records!!!!!” wrote H.E.R., who is up for album and song of the year. “WOOOOOO 23 [career] nominations at 24.”

Singer and actor Gaga is nominated with frequent collaborator Tony Bennett for six awards, including record and album of the year. The duet partners released their second joint album, “Love for Sale,” in September — less than a year after Bennett’s family announced the legendary crooner had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons also star in the director’s second epic drama of the year, following “The Last Duel.”

Nov. 22, 2021

“I don’t know what to say,” the “House of Gucci” actor tweeted. “I just keep crying and am utterly speechless. This means so much to me, Tony, the Bennetts, my family, jazz music, and the great Cole Porter who wrote all these timeless classics.

“I’ll never forget today and congratulating Tony on his 6 nominations. I’ll never forget that today he could track every word I was saying and understood the world was celebrating him and celebrating jazz — a genre that embodies the joy, abundance and imagination of Black music throughout history.”

The “Chromatica” artist continued to shower Bennett with praise and offer the public a glimpse into their loving relationship.

Tony Bennett won his first Grammy in 1963. In 2022, he and Lady Gaga will compete for album of the year, making him the second oldest nominee in Grammy history.

Nov. 23, 2021

At 95 years old, he has more nominations than ever, I’m so honored to be his companion in music and his friend. Thank you to the public for loving us, we surely love each other, and you. Believe in love and partnership, even with 60 years between us, and Alzheimer’s, there is nothing like the magic of music. I love you Tony, and the world loves you too. How could they not?”

The 64th Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 31 at the soon-to-be renamed Staples Center, which will be called Arena by the time the show airs at 5 p.m. Pacific on CBS.

See how other nominees celebrated below.