Kanye West, Taylor Swift added to Grammy categories only 24 hours before nominations announcement

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The Recording Academy expanded several categories just one day prior to announcing the full slate of nominees, which added nods for ABBA, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, and more.
This story has been updated with a new statement from the Recording Academy.

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, ABBA, Doja Cat, and Brandi Carlile received last-minute Grammy nods this year after the Recording Academy expanded several top categories just 24 hours before revealing its annual slate of nominations.

Though the Academy's chief executive, Harvey Mason Jr., initially touted the shift as the group's intention "to make room for more music, more artists and more genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusion" amid other behind-the-scenes changes to the organization's controversial nomination process, The New York Times reported that the decision was only made on Monday — hours before Mason, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, and others revealed this year's nominees during a live stream event.

Swift's Evermore and West's Donda were reportedly added to the Grammys' Album of the Year category following the decision, joining the roster of existing nominees including Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, and Jon Batiste.

Record of the Year category additions under the change included Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" and ABBA's "I Still Have Faith in You," the band's first-ever Grammy nod; Song of the Year additions under the abrupt shift included Doja Cat's SZA-assisted bop "Kiss Me More" and "Right on Time" by Carlile, who was already nominated in the category for co-writing Alicia Keys' "A Beautiful Noise."

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