Orange County scores and player stats for Wednesday (11-20-19)


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Scores and stats for the Orange County games on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

BOYS BASKETBALL

RUMBLE FOR ROSECRANS

Canyon 87, University 52

Can: Woodrum 24 pts, 2 3-ptrs, Martin 20 pts, 6 3-ptrs, Williams 14 pts, 2 3-ptrs, Huston 14 pts, 4 3-ptrs.

Sonora 79, Santa Fe 64

Son: Bell 25 pts. Esparza 15 pts. Worthy 14 pts.

Marina 54, Carson 48

GIRLS BASKETBALL

OXFORD TOURNAMENT

Foothill 62, Glendora 58

Foot: Jang 22 pts, Jones 13 pts, Hingst 11 pts.

BOYS SOCCER

NONLEAGUE

Oxford Academy 8, Calvary Chapel/Downey 0

GIRLS SOCCER

NONLEAGUE

Saddleback Valley Christian 5, Tarbut V’Torah 0

Goals: (SVC) Falshaw 2, Wade 2, Vernola

GIRLS WATER POLO

NONLEAGUE

Pioneer 12, Bolsa Grande 4

Centennial/Corona 10, Fullerton 8

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Purple & Bold: Rajon Rondo can bring speed with his ‘swag’

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There’s such a thing as unquantifiable impact. Frank Vogel says so.

Look past Rajon Rondo’s assist numbers from Tuesday night’s win, Vogel said, into something less tangible.

“Rajon’s statistics are not measured on the stat sheet; it’s measured in swag,” the Lakers head coach said earnestly. “He just gives us some confidence and an air about us that we know we’re going into battle with a heck of a basketball player.”

Swag is all well and good, but there is something more measurable that Rondo can do: Help the Lakers pick up the pace.

Within Rondo’s 10 assists against Oklahoma City were five dimes in transition: to Kyle Kuzma, to Alex Caruso, two to LeBron James and one to Anthony Davis. Even though Rondo also got half-court dishes that led to threes, one of his best strengths is finding options on fast break opportunities.

It’s an area where the Lakers have growth potential: They’re currently 8th in the league in points off turnovers, and 9th in fast break points. Part of the reason they don’t run as much as they could is because, as much as LeBron and Rondo are fast-break threats, they also can pound the ball and walk it up, not seizing as quickly on transition opportunities.

After scoring 30 fast break points on Oklahoma City (which is a top-5 transition defensive team), the Lakers had to acknowledge that their fast break attack isn’t something they always use enough.

“I feel we get stagnant at times,” Danny Green said. “We slow down the pace ourselves when we don’t need to. Our best offense for us is our defense. And also just running. We don’t have to run plays and halfcourt sets. So if we push the pace and attack early, I think we’ll give ourselves some easier looks.”

In looking at how much better the Lakers have been when LeBron is on the court, one of the pieces of subtext is that the Lakers’ offense hasn’t been efficient when James can’t make looks for his teammates. The 3-point shooting especially drops to sub-30 percent when James is on the bench.

Rondo can help that by being a half court table-setter, but he can also help that by pushing the team’s tempo along. Whether off a defensive rebound or with a turnover, the Lakers can push the pace a little harder to get going.

“He’s quarterbacking that thing, and he’s got options,” Alex Caruso said. “As he’s rounded back into form, sort of like we saw with (Kyle Kuzma) … I think (Rondo) is doing that too, and we’re starting to see some of his skills come out.”

Because as much confidence as you can get from a half-court 3-pointer, nothing quite gives you swag like a fast-break dunk.

CARU-SHOW 2D

We’ve written about how Internet memes are a part of the Alex Caruso experience. But wall murals, which predate memes by tens of thousands of years, mean you’re immortalized.

Consider the Bald Mamba immortal, then, after L.A. muralist Gustavo Zermeno Jr. painted Caruso dunking over an impressive assembly of Western Conference talent: James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Jamal Murray.

It’s not long before Caruso gets word of new memes from his friends. He first saw a picture of it while waking up from a nap.

“I thought it was fake, to be honest,” he said. “It just kind of goes to the cult following we’ve been joking about for the past six months.”

Caruso said he messaged the artist to send his compliments. He was hoping to visit the mural on Wednesday.

KUZ UPDATE

An ugly eye injury for Kyle Kuzma raised red flags to anyone who saw him stalking off the court bleeding from his face, but the Lakers said a follow-up medical evaluation revealed nothing too serious. Kuzma is scheduled to practice on Thursday and play in Oklahoma City on Friday.

The third-year-forward tweeted out an emoji with glasses on Wednesday afternoon. Are rec specs in his future? We’ll find out Friday night.

– Kyle Goon

Click draw

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Disneyland’s first Rise of the Resistance commercial reveals new details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ride

Disneyland’s first Rise of the Resistance television commercial shows scenes inside a detention cell that reveal new details about the highly anticipated attraction coming to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land at the Anaheim theme park.

The TV spot shows a group of approximately 16 visitors trapped inside a First Order detention cell aboard a Star Destroyer as Star Wars villain Kylo Ren activates his crossguard lightsaber.

The commercial suggests riders will encounter an audio-animatronic Kylo Ren armed with his distinctive red lightsaber in the jail cell.

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The first Rise of the Resistance TV spot is out. It has the DL opening date but no WDW?

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— Scott Walker (@scottwalker88) November 20, 2019

The Rise of the Resistance attraction coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature videotaped, holographic and audio-animatronic appearances by characters from the latest Star Wars trilogy. Kylo Ren will make multiple appearances in several forms throughout the attraction.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland’s new Rise of the Resistance ride will last at least 15 minutes at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The ground-breaking new Rise of the Resistance attraction will combine four ride experiences.

The new attraction will put riders in the middle of a battle between the villainous First Order and the heroic Resistance in a dangerous off-planet mission. Along the way, the new recruits will be captured aboard a Star Destroyer, break out of a First Order detention cell, elude the clutches of Kylo Ren and escape back to a secret base on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre Galaxy’s Edge land.

Inside the attraction, riders stepping off a Resistance intersystem transport ship onto a Star Destroyer will immediately encounter First Order officers barking orders: “Move along, Resistance scum.” Riders will be separated into smaller groups and thrown into a jail cell.

The First Order detention cell in Rise of the Resistance will be similar to the room where Resistance pilot Poe Dameron was questioned by Kylo Ren in “The Force Awakens.” The Jedi Killer will interrogate the “captured” riders before the prisoners manage to escape from the detention cell.

After breaking out of the cell, the 16 imprisoned riders are expected to board a pair of 8-seat ride vehicles and continue through the dark ride portion of the attraction.

The Rise of the Resistance attraction will debut on Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and on Jan. 17 Disneyland.

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CSUF’s Performing Arts Center enriches campus, community culture

From the outside, the Joseph Clayes III Performing Arts Center can fool you. Dressed conservatively in light-gray brick, the 13-year-old, 109,000-square-foot complex does a good job of blending in with many other buildings on the sprawling campus of Cal State Fullerton.

But inside, it’s a different story: a well-appointed warren of three performance spaces and large rehearsal halls that rivals the best arts facilities anywhere in American academia. In addition to the 150-seat Dale and Millie Hallberg Theatre and the 250-seat James D. Young Theatre, the crown jewel of the complex is the 800-seat Vaughncille Joseph Meng Concert Hall, an elegant venue dedicated to music, with rich, harmonious textures and colors, superior acoustics and excellent sightlines from every corner. It looks more like a well-appointed civic performing arts center than a university facility.

  • A view of the Clayes Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at Cal State Fullerton. (File photo)

  • The Clayes Performing Arts Center is “totally student focused,” said Joseph Arnold, dean emeritus of CSUF’s College of the Arts. (File photo)

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  • Meng Concert Hall is a big draw for prospective students. “Very few universities have a dedicated music hall,” said Dale Merrill, dean of the College of the Arts. (File photo)

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How did CSUF end up with one of the most beautiful and smartly designed campus arts complexes in the country?

It started with an edict from the California State University Office of the Chancellor to build large theaters on its campuses. The Clayes Performing Arts Center was proposed as part of an expansion of the existing Performing Arts Center, which was built in 1964. For years, the biggest performance space on campus was the old center’s Little Theatre, with a seating capacity of about 500. The university’s burgeoning programs in theater, dance and music desperately needed better facilities.

The chancellor’s grand plan called for 1,200-seat theaters for its campuses — enormous by university standards. Fortunately, CSUF adopted a smarter and more practical approach.

“Instead of building a multipurpose hall that is so big and doesn’t really serve the community or the curriculum, they built three really distinct theaters and support space. That support space is very important,” said Dale Merrill, dean of the College of the Arts. In addition to its performance and rehearsal spaces, the complex includes dressing rooms, a recording studio, costume and scene shops, and a make-up studio.

Groundbreaking on the $48.5 million expansion began in the spring of 2003. The official grand opening was on Jan. 13, 2006. State funding provided most of the money, supplemented by donations from alumni, faculty, administrators and staff.

In 2008, trustees from the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Charitable Trust announced a $5 million gift to the university for scholarships and programming in the performing arts. As a result, the board of trustees approved a new name for the complex: the Joseph Clayes III Performing Arts Center.

The facility “is totally student-focused,” said Joseph Arnold, dean emeritus of CSUF’s College of the Arts. “It is used by the students – they rehearse in it, they perform in it – and it is completely tied to the educational mission of the College of the Arts. And that makes it rather unique.”

Since its opening, CSUF’s performing arts facility has proved to be an excellent recruiting tool. 

“It certainly has an effect in terms of recruiting talent because of the quality of the facilities,” Arnold said. “Its focus is on a pre-professional and professional training program and that really has been the central focus of all three departments – theater and dance, music and visual arts.”

A big attraction for performing arts students is rehearsal space, he said.

“The students actually have the opportunity to rehearse in the space in which they are performing rather then rehearsing in a large room and then all of a sudden moving into the physical space itself and adjusting to that,” he said.

The Meng Concert Hall is also a big draw for prospective students. “Very few universities have a dedicated music hall,” Merrill said.

For Arnold, it’s all about the sound.

“It’s the remarkable acoustics of this house that I think separates it from others,” he said. “It is an extraordinary hall to listen to music in.”

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Navy Chief Edward ‘Eddie’ Gallagher could be stripped of SEAL designation

U.S. Navy Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher will begin a board review process, Wednesday, Nov. 20, that could result in the 20-year military veteran losing the Trident pin that identifies him as an elite SEAL.

Gallagher was found guilty, in a July court-martial, of posing with the corpse of a teen ISIS fighter during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq. The verdict, which also found him not guilty of the premeditated murder of the teen and of shooting at two civilians, was upheld by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilda on Oct. 29. In finalizing the verdict, Gilda also upheld the demotion of Gallagher from Chief to First Class Petty Officer, reducing his lifetime pension.

On Friday, Nov. 15, President Donald Trump issued an order returning Gallagher to the rank he had before the court-martial at Naval Base San Diego.

Naval Special Warfare Command, Capt. Tamara Lawrence, said Tuesday, Nov. 19, that the SEALs have implemented Trump’s order to restore Gallagher’s pay grade. But Trump’s intervention does not remove the conviction from his service record. Because of that, she said, his conduct can still be reviewed to determine if he deserves to remain a SEAL.

On Wednesday, Gallagher was to receive a letter signed by SEAL Commander Rear Adm. Collin Green advising him that a board is being convened to review his performance. Such reviews can be held for various reasons, including medical issues, alcohol or drug abuse and loss of confidence by command.


This undated selfie provided by Andrea Gallagher shows her husband, U.S. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. (Edward Gallagher/Courtesy of Andrea Gallagher via AP, File)

Green could remove Gallagher’s Trident without a review board because he is an enlisted SEAL — the board review is typically reserved for officers. Gallagher’s case will be reviewed by three of his peers, who also will be given a rebuttal statement from Gallagher.

Gallagher served eight deployments and was awarded two bronze stars. He also was up for a Silver Star before accusations from SEALs in his platoon emerged during the court-martial.

Three SEAL officers who served with Gallagher during the 2017 deployment also will be reviewed: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, Gallagher’s troop commander; Lt. Jacob Portier, the officer in charge; and Lt. Thomas MacNeil, the assistant officer in charge.

Since 2011, 154 SEAL Trident pins have been revoked.

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Newsom huffs and puffs, like the big bad wolf: Dan Walters

Remember the children’s fable about the wolf who was attempting to capture and consume the three little pigs?

If a pig refused to admit him or come out of its house, the wolf threatened: “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration that the state will stop buying vehicles from automakers that oppose its mileage and tailpipe emission rules is just such huffing and puffing.

While several car companies agreed to California’s demands, others refused and continued to support the Trump administration efforts to weaken Obama-era mileage and emission standards.

The ban on purchases from the recalcitrant firms — General Motors and Toyota, most prominently — is part of a broader decree that the state will stop buying gasoline-powered sedans altogether, except for those used by emergency service agencies such as the Highway Patrol.

“The state is finally making the smart move away from internal combustion engine sedans,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement to CalMatters. “Carmakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power,” Newsom added.

California’s buying power? It’s pretty puny, when one looks at the numbers.

Californians, including governmental agencies, are on track to buy 1.9 million new light vehicles this year, according to the California New Car Dealers Association. About 800,000 will be passenger vehicles, sedans mostly, and the remainder pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The state purchased 2,672 passenger vehicles in 2018, with Chevrolets from General Motors about 1,000 of those. Those cars amounted to $27 million in sales, not even a flea bite for a corporation that makes and sells about 3 million vehicles a year worldwide.

The state’s purchases from other holdout companies, such as Fiat Chrysler and Toyota, are minuscule.

“In court, and in the marketplace, California is standing up to those who put short-term profits ahead of our health and our future,” Newsom puffed. But in reality, it’s nothing more than a symbolic gesture, on a par with Jerry Brown’s infamous ban on providing plastic briefcases to state bureaucrats when he became governor in 1975.

As trivial as it might be, however, Newsom’s attempt to blacklist General Motors, et al, carries a deeper implication. It’s using governmental power to punish or coerce companies for taking political positions that don’t happen to square with the governor’s.

Reasonable people can disagree on what the precise emission and mileage standards for automobiles should be. GM and other holdouts contend that the rules they reluctantly agreed to follow during the Obama administration are unworkable, and they are seeking a relatively small change.

This is all about political positioning, rather than the issue itself.

Trump takes every opportunity to ding California, particularly by portraying the state as an example of left-wing mismanagement that Democrats would impose on the rest of the nation, with emission rules one example.

Newsom, meanwhile, fancies himself a national leader of the “resistance” and wants to advance that image by any available means. The state has filed more than 60 lawsuits against the Trump administration.

Ironically, however, Newsom’s punishing of GM and the other firms for disagreeing with him on emission rules, however weakly, is fundamentally no different from what Democratic members of Congress accuse Trump of doing in their impeachment drive — using one’s official position for rankly political purposes.

CalMatters is a public-interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary.

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Israel heads toward unprecedented 3rd election within a year

By ARON HELLER

JERUSALEM — Israeli kingmaker politician Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, blaming both the contenders engaged in a tense standoff that has paralyzed Israeli politics and pushing the country toward a likely third election in less than a year.

Lieberman’s comments came ahead of a midnight deadline for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival, Benny Gantz, to form a coalition. Without Lieberman, Gantz appears unable to secure the required majority in parliament to be prime minister.

If Israel is forced into a third election, it would be entering uncharted waters, with opinion polls already predicting a very similar deadlock. But a new campaign could benefit the embattled Netanyahu, who is expected to be indicted on corruption charges in the coming weeks. Netanyahu would be best-positioned to fight any charges from the prime minister’s office.

Lieberman, who heads a small secular, ultranationalist party, triggered the September election after refusing to join Netanyahu’s traditional allies of hard-line and religious parties following earlier elections in April. The do-over vote left Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White party both short of a required majority in the 120-seat parliament without Lieberman’s support.

Lieberman, who hails from the former Soviet Union, has objected to the outsize influence of ultra-Orthodox religious parties and has urged Netanyahu and Gantz to join him in a unity government as a way out of the stalemate. But Gantz and Netanyahu have refused to bend on their core conditions for such an arrangement.

After weeks of negotiations, Lieberman told reporters he wouldn’t align with either party on its own.

“I made every effort. I turned over every stone,” he said. “There were no significant gaps, they were mainly personal gaps and after it all, at least for now, it seems we are heading for another election.”

Lieberman said he objected to Netanyahu’s alliance with “messianic” religious parties, while he also accused Gantz of reaching out to religious parties and not negotiating in good faith.

“Who is to blame in this situation? Both parties together” he said. “There was an impressive blame game from both parties, but at the end it was a blame game, with no real will to take tough and dramatic decisions.”

Gantz was given the opportunity to form a government last month after Netanyahu failed in the task.

A former military chief, Gantz has a midnight deadline to present a potential coalition government. If he fails, as expected, the country enters the final 21-day period for any candidate to present a majority before new elections are called.

But after weeks of failed talks, the odds of any candidate succeeding in forming a government appear low.

Both Gantz and Netanyahu have expressed a willingness to sit together in a unity government. But they could not agree on a power-sharing agreement.

Gantz’s Blue and White party refuses to sit under Netanyahu while he faces such serious legal problems. Netanyahu refused to drop his alliance with smaller nationalist and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

A dizzying array of mediations and creative political machinations failed to break new ground and a Netanyahu-Gantz meeting late Tuesday night produced no headway, resulting in just more mudslinging.

Netanyahu has lambasted Gantz and his fellow former military chiefs in Blue and White for dangling the prospect of a minority government in which Arab lawmakers would provide outside support without officially joining the coalition.

His comments have drawn accusations of racism and incitement, including a speech by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, who criticized Netanyahu’s “ugly” comments about Arabs.

A minority government could end Netanyahu’s decade-long grip on power. But the hard-line Lieberman ruled out any alliance with the Arab lawmakers.

Barring a last-minute development, it looks like Gantz will be forced to inform Israel’s president that he has no government to present — just as Netanyahu did before him — setting off the final 21-day period before new elections are called. The past two have been inconclusive and polls indicate the result of a third will not differ significantly.

“The truth must be said: Netanyahu is rejecting unity and will do anything to deteriorate us to a third election within a year,” Gantz wrote on Facebook. “I am ready to make compromises for the benefit of the citizens of Israel but not to cave on our core principles.”

Looming above the entire process is the long-expected announcement on Netanyahu’s corruption indictment that could remove him from the equation and potentially provide a long-sought way out of the impasse.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on fraud, breach of trust and bribery charges in three separate cases. His final ruling has long been anticipated and is expected in the coming weeks, perhaps sooner. Though Netanyahu will not be compelled by law to step down immediately, it will certainly harden the opposition’s stance.

Rising regional tensions could also force the sides into compromise.

Israel carried out a wide-scale offensive against Iranian targets in Syria early on Wednesday in response to rocket attacks against it. Eleven people were reported killed, including seven non-Syrians who were most likely Iranian.

Israeli security officials expect Iran to respond, which could set off a direct confrontation, a week after the most intense fighting in Gaza in years. Against such a backdrop, the prospect of another dreaded election would weigh heavily on an already weary public.

Rivlin, among many others, has pleaded with the sides to find some sort of compromise to avoid another costly and divisive election campaign and even offered a power-sharing plan in which Gantz and Netanyahu would rotate as prime ministers. But among their other difference, they failed to agree on who would go first.

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New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in noms

By MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK — The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo: The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act.

Lizzo picked up nominations for album of the year with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You”; song and record of the year with her anthemic No. 1 hit, “Truth Hurts”; and best new artist.

Like Lizzo, other new artists dominated with Grammy nominations on Wednesday: Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X earned six nominations apiece.

Eilish also scored nominations in the top four categories, making the 17-year-old the youngest artist in the history of the Grammys to achieve the feat. Lil Nas X, 20, is up for three of the top four awards, including album and record of the year for “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You,” Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Lil Nas X’s “7” — an 8-song EP — will compete for album of the year along with Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” Bon Iver’s “I,I,” Vampire Weekend’s “Father of the Bride,” H.E.R.’s “I Used to Know Her” and Lana Del Rey’s “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell!”

Nominees for record of the year include songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year, including “Old Town Road,” “Truth Hurts,” Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” Grande’s “7 Rings” and Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower.” H.E.R.’s “Hard Place,” Bon Iver’s “Hey, Ma” and Khalid’s “Talk,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100, round out the eight nominees.

While Taylor Swift was shut out of album of the year with “Lover,” the album’s title track earned a nomination for song of the year, a songwriter’s award. It will compete with “Truth Hurts,” “Bad Guy,” “Hard Place,” Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way” from “A Star Is Born,” Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved,” Lana Del Rey’s “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell” and Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now,” co-written by Brandi Carlile.

Swift earned three nominations, while Beyoncé — who was shut out of the top three categories — scored four. While her groundbreaking “Homecoming” documentary earned a nomination for best music film, its album version didn’t pick up any nominations. Instead her “The Lion King: The Gift” project — which features songs inspired by “The Lion King,” for which she voiced the character Nala — is up for best pop vocal album, competing with projects from Ed Sheeran, Swift, Eilish and Grande. Beyoncé’s “Spirit,” from “The Lion King” which is being pushed for Oscar consideration, is up for best pop solo performance along with Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” “Truth Hurts,” “Bad Guy” and “7 Rings.”

Overall, female acts out-performed their male counterparts in the top four categories: Five of the eight album-of-the-year contenders are women, while seven of the eight song-of-the-year nominees are by women. Female musicians also rule in the best new artist category, though record of the year is evenly split.

Grande, who won her first Grammy earlier this year, scored five nominations, as did H.E.R. and Finneas, Eilish’s older brother who co-wrote, co-produced and engineered her debut album. Finneas’ nominations include producer of the year (non-classical) and best engineered album (non-classical).

Several acts picked up four nominations, including J. Cole, Gary Clark Jr., Lucky Daye, Thom Yorke, Bob Ludwig and Tanya Tucker, who in August released her first album of new songs in 17 years.

British country-soul performer Yola also scored four bids, including best new artist, pitting her against Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Eilish, pop singer Maggie Rogers, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas, the Austin-based duo Black Pumas and Spanish singer Rosalía, who won album of the year at last week’s Latin Grammys.

Lizzo’s road to the Grammys has been a long one: The 31-year-old, who performed with Prince on his “Plectrumelectrum” album, grinded as an independent and touring artist for years before signing a major-label deal, releasing her first album in 2013. But this year marked her major breakthrough: Her song “Truth Hurts” topped the charts for seven weeks; she’s wowed audiences with her live performances — including her twerking while playing the flute. She’s also graced several magazine covers, earning praise for promoting body positivity and denouncing fat shaming.

But Lizzo has also had her fair share of critics: Some felt she shouldn’t qualify for best new artist at the Grammys since she’s been on the music scene for years. Others thought since “Truth Hurts” was originally released in 2017, it shouldn’t qualify for the 2020 Grammys. The Recording Academy said “Truth Hurts” qualified 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.

“Truth Hurts” was co-written by Tele, Jesse Saint John and Ricky Reed, who is nominated for producer of the year (non-classical). Mina Lioness, the British singer who Lizzo gave writing credit to after using some of her viral tweet in the hit song, didn’t appear on the list of writers nominated for song of the year for “Truth Hurts.” Lizzo’s label, Atlantic Records, told The Associated Press last week it was in the process of adding Lioness to the song’s credits.

Lizzo’s other nominations include best urban contemporary album, best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome” and best R&B performance for “Exactly How I Am,” which features Gucci Mane and marks the rapper’s first Grammy nomination.

Another first-time nominee: former first lady Michelle Obama, who is nominated for best spoken word album for “Becoming” (Barack Obama has won two Grammys in the same category).

Nipsey Hussle, who died in March and was nominated for best rap album earlier this year, scored three nominations: His song “Racks In the Middle” is up for best rap performance and best rap song, while “Higher” — a collaboration with DJ Khaled and John Legend that was one of the last songs Hussle recorded — is nominated for best rap/sung performance.

The Cranberries picked up a nomination for best rock album for their eighth and final album, “In the End,” which the surviving members of the Irish band created using unfinished vocals from singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died last year.

The 2020 Grammys will hand out awards in its 84 categories live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26. Nominees were selected from more than 20,000 submissions, and the final round of voting runs from Dec. 9 until Jan. 3.

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