The 61st Annual GRAMMY awards are less than a month away. Need to catch up on the biggest hits of the year? Your Oakland Public Library is here to help, with nominated music available on hoopla and at the library.
hoopla is OPL's streaming music service. It also offers streaming video, ebooks, comics, and more — all with no holds ever. To sign up, you just need an email address, your library card number and library PIN. Patrons can check out eight items per month.
This crop of nominees is larger than in previous years: each of the "big four" general categories (Album, Record, and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist) has expanded from five to eight nominees.
most nominations for an artist with eight
most nominations for a female artist with six
Though this soundtrack came out too late to make the award cutoff, the single "Shallow" was released in time to earn four nominations.
For the first time since 1984, there are entries in the Album of the Year category that were never released on CD and are only available digitally (i.e. streaming or for download)... but don't worry, hoopla has it covered.
Cardi B / Invasion of Privacy
Last year, gender disparities at the Grammys were highlighted on Twitter by the hashtag #GrammysSoMale. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow then fanned the flames by suggesting that women need to "step up" to be better represented. Will he address gender directly in his final speech before leaving the position? Hard to predict, but the landscape has certainly shifted: five of the eight Album of the Year nominees are female, compared to just one last year.
Rounding out the rest of the nominations in the New Artist and Album/Record/Song of the Year categories:
Janelle Monae / Dirty Computer
Kacey Musgraves / Golden Hour
Drake / Scorpion
Post Malone / Beerbongs and Bentleys
Bebe Rexha / Expectations
Dua Lipa / Dua Lipa
Ella Mai / Ella Mai
Greta Van Fleet / From the Fires
Margo Price / All American Made
Shawn Mendes / Illuminate
Check out the full list of nominations, then look them up in our catalog or browse those available on hoopla. If you are new to hoopla, take a look at their Help page or call your friendly local librarian for assistance.
Happy listening, and may you discover something wonderful.