Grammys 2020: How Lizzo Got Nominated for 'Song of the Year' for 2017 Song 'Truth Hurts'

The "Song of the Year" for the Grammys 2020 could well be a song from 2017 if Lizzo manages to win the coveted award for "Truth Hurts," which was nominated in the category on November 20.

This led to instant confusion from viewers of the Grammy nominations live stream.

For example, one tweeted "lizzo's truth hurts is 2 years old wtf," another wrote, " shade to lizzo but those songs are like 3 years does that work??," while another made their feelings known by tweeting: "lizzo got so many nominations for old music i—— am not feeling god as hell."

How Lizzo's 2017 single managed to get a 2019 nod for Song of the Year is all down to the fine print of the category, as can be seen of the official list of nominees on the Grammy website. In the Song of the Year category, it reads: "A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year."

Though "Truth Hurts" was first released in 2017, the song did not chart that year, and only began to gain traction in the Billboard chart in April 2019, in a move many have put down to it appearing in the Netflix movie Someone Great and its trailer. Then, in September, it became Lizzo's first song to hit the top of the Hot 100.

The Grio offers more information about why the 2017 song is eligible for the 2020 Grammys: "'Truth Hurts,' which was released as a stand-alone single in 2017, qualifies for the 2020 Grammys because the song was never submitted for contention in the Grammys process and it appears on an album released during the eligibility period for the upcoming show.

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Lizzo's song "Truth Hurts" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2020 Grammys Kevin Winter/Getty

"Songs and albums released from Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019 qualify for next year's awards, and "Truth Hurts" appears on the deluxe edition of her album Cuz I Love You released this year."

Crucially, the song was released as a standalone single previously, meaning that Cuz I Love You was the first album it had appeared on, adding to Lizzo's case.

Lizzo is far from the only artist to be nominated for a Grammy with a song that was original released out of the eligibility period. For example, Beyonce, Pharrell and John Legend are among those who have been nominated for Grammys for live versions of older songs.

"Song of the Year" was not the only nomination the singer received for the 2020 Grammys. "Truth Hurts" was also nominated was "Record of the Year," "Best Pop Solo Performance," and Cuz I Love You was nominated for "Album of the Year" and "Best Urban Contemporary Album." Lizzo was also nominated for "Best New Artist," her song "Exactly How I Feel" with Gucci Mane was tipped for "Best R&B Performance," while "Jerome" got a nom for Best Traditional R&B Performance."

Producer Ricky Reed was also nominated for "Producer of the Year, Non-Classical" for his work on songs including Lizzo's "Juice," "Tempo" and "Truth Hurts."