ABBA among the Grammy 2022 nominees for the first time in their history

ABBA among the Grammy 2022 nominees for the first time in their history
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

  • The internationally acclaimed group of ABBA, the Eurovision 1974 winners, have been honored for the first time in their history with a Grammy nomination for 'Record of the year' with their song "I Still Have Faith in You"

    Just a couple of week before ABBA made their comeback after 40 years releasing their new album "Voyage" which has topped the charts worldwinde in more than 19 countries, not to mention the smashing UK charts record.  Previously on September 1, they released two of  the album's tracks "I Still Have the faith in you" and 'Don't Shut me down'

    It took 48 years to see ABBA on the Grammy Awards Nominations board! Now the Recording Academy has nominated them for the first time in their history, for the single ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ in the Record of the year category. However, ABBA have strong contenders in the same category, as some of the biggest names in the music industry are also nominated. Namely, Jon Batiste, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Brandi Carlile, Doja Cat & SZA, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic are also in the run for the same Grammy Award. 

    Notably, this might be ABBA’s first Grammy nomination, however the group has on its record the recognition of the Grammy Hall of Fame for their 1976 hit ‘Dancing Queen’.

    The 'Record of the year' category is one of the prominent awards of the Grammy's, the outcome of which is based on the voting held among colleagues in the music industry, artists, producers and musicians. The award is granted in recognition of the success in music production and mastering and the quality in the performance of the nominated song.

    In order to watch how ABBA will eventually do, note down the date and time, as the 64th Annual Grammy Awards are to set to hot the screen on January 31st 2022 on CBS. (8pm ET, 1am GMT, 2am CET, 12pm AEDT). 


    About ABBA

    ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names arranged in a chiastic pattern. Widely considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time,they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983. They have achieved 48 hit singles.

    In 1974, ABBA were Sweden's first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Waterloo", which in 2005 was chosen as the best song in the competition's history as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the contest. During the band's main active years, it consisted of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson.

    "Waterloo" was ABBA's first major hit in numerous countries, becoming their first number-one single in nine western and northern European countries, including the big markets of the UK and West Germany, and in South Africa. It also made the top ten in several other countries, including rising to number three in Spain, number four in Australia and France, and number seven in Canada. In the United States, the song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, paving the way for their first album and their first trip as a group. 

    Ten years after the group broke up and even though having many years out of the active discography scene, they remain more popular than ever. ABBA Gold, originally released in 1992, recently passed its 1000th week on the UK Album Chart, the first album in history to reach this milestone. 

    In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into Mamma Mia!, a successful musical that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was released in 2018.


    News Source: ESCXTRA/ Grammy Awards

    Image:  Baillie Walsh / Grammy Awards