AC/DC, Kid Laroi head Aussie Grammy charge

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Australian music legends AC/DC and Sydney rapper The Kid Laroi are among the nominees for the 2022 Grammys.

AC/DC have earned three nominations - rock performance, music video, and rock album - while The Kid Laroi is up for the prestigious best new artist award.

Other Australian acts nominated include Sydney dance outfit Rufus Du Sol (dance/electronic recording) and Melbourne's Hiatus Kaiyote (progressive R&B album), while Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will contest the best recording package category for the album Carnage.

Jon Batiste leads the overall Grammy nominations with 11, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and singer-songwriter H.E.R, who have eight apiece.

Batiste and Bieber will compete for the top prize - album of the year - along with Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, H.E.R, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, and 95-year-old Tony Bennett's collaboration with Lady Gaga.

The Grammys, the highest honours in the music industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31.

Nominees in the top three categories - album, song and record of the year - were increased to 10 from eight for the first time.

"Adding more nominees is a way to cast a wider net for more music, more artists and more genres," Recording Academy chief executive Harvey Mason Jr said, announcing the change on Tuesday.

Batiste, Bieber and Eilish were also among the 10 nominees for record of the year, along with Abba's comeback single, I Still Have Faith in You.

Swift, an 11-time Grammy winner, who snagged a best album nod for her best-selling Evermore was shut out of the record of the year and song of the year races.

Rodrigo, 18, who burst onto the US charts in January when her single Drivers License went viral, got seven nods, including best new artist and album.

Rapper Jay-Z became the most Grammy-nominated artist of all time, his total of 83 surpassing the previous record held by music producer Quincy Jones.

Paul McCartney added two nods to take second place with 81.

K-pop band BTS, who have yet to win a Grammy despite dominating the US music charts for almost two years, scored a single nod on Tuesday for their performance of their top-selling single Butter in the pop group field.

The eligibility period for the awards ran from September 2020 to September 2021.

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