The nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday morning, Nov. 20. Pop stars like Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Lizzo, and Taylor Swift dominated the list (though, somewhat surprisingly, Swift did not receive a nomination for Album of the Year). In the jazz categories, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride each received two nominations for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Other standout 2020 nominations include Jazzmeia Horn, for her album Love & Liberation; Joey DeFrancesco, for his album In the Key of the Universe; the Anat Cohen Tentet, for Triple Helix; and David Sánchez, for Carib.
In other categories, two jazz-related pieces were nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Derek Bermel’s Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra (the recording of which features Ted Nash and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra), and Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto in D Major. The John Coltrane 1963: New Directions box on Impulse!/UMe got a nod for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, while Judy Cantor-Navas received a Best Album Notes nomination for her notes in Craft’s set The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions. And Stanley Nelson’s documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is in the running for Best Music Film.