2020 Grammy-nominated artists and best playlists to stream them on

The Grammys are the Recording Academy’s annual recognition of achievement in the popular music industry. This year’s Grammys, on Sunday, 26 January, drew an audience of 18.7 million television viewers, which makes it the second-most-watched awards ceremony behind the Academy Awards. Music lovers can listen to their favorite artists and discover new music nominated for the awards on playlists across popular music streaming services.

The year’s best musicians are honored by four core Grammys categories: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The so-called Big Four are open to submissions from all musicians, which are then voted on by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NASRA). These four categories all feature seven nominations, with the winner announced on the night of the awards ceremony.

There are further Grammy categories for country, pop, R&B, rap and rock music, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Best R&B Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rock Album — each of which have five nominations. There are also a few niche awards like Best Musical Theater Album, Best Music Film and Best Spoken Word Album. In total, 33 awards were handed out during the 2020 Grammys ceremony.

Music fans can check out all the artists nominated for this year’s awards with a series of playlists available through several popular music streaming platforms. The best place to go is Spotify’s 16-hour-long The GRAMMYs Official Playlist, which features 229 songs from nominated artists. Other platforms contain plenty of user-created playlists filled musicians featured at the awards ceremony.

Top Grammy-nominated artists for 2020

Billie Eilish

Total nominations: Five

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year

Popular songs: Bad Guy won the Song of the Year category.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Deezer’s 100% Billie Eilish playlist features all of the young artist’s top hits, as does Spotify’s This Is Billie Eilish collection, which has more than 2.3 million followers.

Ariana Grande

Total nominations: Five

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year

Popular songs: 7 Rings was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Apple Music’s Ariana Grande Essentials is the perfect way to check out all the pop star’s top tracks, collating 17 of her biggest hits. While Deezer’s 100% Ariana Grande offers a deep dive with more than 50 of her most popular songs.

Bon Iver

Total nominations: Three

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year

Popular songs: i was nominated for three categories.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Apple Music Alternative has collated the best of the indie-folk band in its 17-song Bon Iver Essentials playlist.

H.E.R.

Total nominations: Five

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year

Popular songs: Hard Place was nominated for Song of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Apple Music’s H.E.R. Essentials playlist collates 21 of the R&B artist’s top tracks, while Spotify’s This Is H.E.R. has 26 of her tracks and more than 100,000 followers.

Lady Gaga

Total nominations: One

Biggest categories: Song of the Year

Popular songs: Always Remember Us This Way was nominated for Song of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: The This Is Lady Gaga playlist on Spotify is the best place to go for all the pop star’s biggest hits. It includes 41 songs, such as Bad Romance and features Shallow, a collaboration with Bradley Cooper from the movie A Star Is Born.

Lana Del Rey

Total nominations: Two

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year

Popular songs: Norman F**king Rockwell was nominated for Song of the Year and the album of the same name was in the race for Album of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Spotify has Lana Del Rey fans covered with several playlists, from its popular Lana Del Rey Complete and This Is Lana Del Rey collections, to Lana Del Rey Best Of.

Lewis Capaldi

Total nominations: One

Biggest categories: Song of the Year

Popular songs: Someone You Love was nominated for Song of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Deezer has compiled the best of the Scottish singer-songwriter in its Lewis Capaldi Complete playlist, which contains 32 tracks including several remixes of his most popular songs.

Lil Nas X

Total nominations: Six

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Record of the Year

Popular songs: Old Town Road was nominated for Record of the Year and Panini for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Spotify’s Lil Nas X Discography gives listeners a taste of the artist’s early music, including his debut EP 7 EP.

Lizzo

Total nominations: Eight

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year

Popular songs: Truth Hurts was nominated for Song of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Apple Music’s Lizzo Essentials playlist features 16 of the artist’s top tracks — an ideal way for new fans to get a taste of her music.

Nipsey Hussle

Total nominations: Three

Biggest categories: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Performance

Popular songs: Racks in the Middle, which features Roddy Rich and Hit-Boy, won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: Music fans looking to get a taste of the late rapper’s music should check out Apple Music Hip-Hop’s collated playlist Nipsey Hussle Essentials. It features 31 of his top tracks, including collaborations with Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

Taylor Swift

Total nominations: Three

Biggest categories: Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year

Popular songs: Lover was nominated for Song of the Year.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: There are a host of Taylor Swift playlists available across popular streaming platforms. The Taylor Swift Complete Collection on Spotify features over 160 of her biggest hits. And the likes of Amazon Music and Pandora have artist stations that enable listeners to listen to Swift’s music and other similar artists on rotate.

Vampire Weekend

Total nominations: Two

Biggest categories: Album of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album

Popular songs: Father of the Bride was nominated for the Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album awards.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: The best place to get a taste for the Vampire Weekend sound is on Spotify’s This Is Vampire Weekend playlist. 

Notable mention: Michelle Obama 

Total nominations: One

Biggest categories: Best Spoken Word Album

Popular songs: The former First Lady of the United States took home the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album with Becoming.

Top playlists on popular streaming platforms: There are no specific artist playlists available featuring Michelle Obama, but she has collaborated with Spotify to create the Michelle Obama’s Workout playlist. 

The takeaway

Every January, the Grammys celebrate the best music from the past 12 months, largely covering pop music with a few nods to country, hip-hop, rap and rock. Fans of these genres can explore more with playlists across the most popular music streaming platforms. This includes a host of artist-specific playlists as well as Spotify’s larger, all-encompassing collection featuring all the musicians nominated for this year’s Grammys. Other music platforms also feature a wide range of user-created playlists with this year’s events winners and nominees.

Rob Latham

Rob Latham is a writer focused on technology, music, entertainment and sports. He is particularly passionate about the role that technology plays in improving peoples’ lives and helping businesses to work more effectively. He’s written marketing content for global B2B technology brands and start-ups, founded his own music blog and is a regular contributor to soccer publications. His professional background is in content marketing, public relations and journalism, and he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.