Beyoncé leads the nominations with nine total nods, including Record of the Year for "Black Parade" and her "Savage" feature with Meghan Thee Stallion.
Taylor Swift will take the stage for the seventh time. The night will also pay tribute to independent venues, which have been devastated by the pandemic.
"'Savage' was a whole moment — a cultural reset, if you will. It managed to capture and shape the zeitgeist in a way unmatched by its fellow nominees."
"'Future Nostalgia' would've been the rightful victor — if only music's savviest and most powerful star hadn't swooped in and dropped the best album of her career," writes Callie Ahlgrim.
"Some are clearly amiss, like Justin Bieber's best pop solo nod for 'Yummy' and JP Saxe's song of the year nod for 'If the World Was Ending.'"
The Weeknd, who was previously considered a shoo-in for an album of the year nod, received zero nominations.
"But really, Dr. Luke is nominated?" Apple said. "They had [Kesha] up there singing 'Praying' and now they're gonna go: 'Oh but it's Tyson Trax!'"
"This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come," he said.