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At the very last minute,— the organization behind the — decided to expand the number of allotments in select categories shortly before the nominations were announced, .
The Times reports that a day before the, Recording Academy members determined that the top categories at the annual awards show should expand to 10 nominees instead of eight.
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The move, according to the paper, benefited artists such asand as well as and .
The Times reports that it was able to determine which musicians were added as last-minute additions as they were not seen on a "final nominations list" of eight names — a list that the paper said it had obtained that was crafted several days before nominations were actually named.
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
According to the Times, Swift, 31, and West, 44, were late additions to the album of the year category for their respective works,and . Their reported late additions joined a list of albums from , , and , , , , and Lil Nas X, 22.
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The paper also reported that in the record of the year category, Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" and ABBA's "I Still Have Faith in You" were added to the list of nominees, which already included songs by Rodrigo, 18, Bieber, 27, Bennett, 95, and Gaga, 35, Batiste, 35, Doja Cat, 26, Eilish, 19,and .
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In the song of the year category, the last-minute additions brought in Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," and "Right on Time" by Carlile, 40, per the Times. They join fellow nominees, and Carlile, Rodrigo, H.E.R., 24, Eilish, Silk Sonic, Lil Nas X and Bieber.
And the reported late expansion of best new artist, according to the paper, added the rapper Baby Keem and the composer Arooj Aftab. They now join nominees Rodrigo, Jimmie Allen,, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks and .
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During a live broadcast that announced the Grammy nominations, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. praised the decision to include 10 nominees as a way "to make room for more music, more artists and more genres, and to embrace the spirit of inclusion."
Speaking with, Mason, 53, echoed those sentiments: "We saw it as an incredible opportunity for us to honor more artists and shine a light on more great music and potentially offer a greater opportunity for more genres of music to be honored."
When asked about the decision to allow more nominees, which seemed to come about quickly, Mason explained that it was something that had been planned all along.
"It's something that we've talked about for quite some time but it ended up happening fairly recently," he said. "We looked at the voting and the amount of submissions [for the 2022 Grammys] and saw it as a great opportunity."
The 64th Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31.
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