Mom Mia! ABBA just won its first-ever Grammy nomination

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Almost half a century after the release of their first album, ABBA continues to achieve musical milestones.

The Swedish pop legends landed their first Grammy nomination this week. Their song “I Still Have Faith in You” was nominated for Disc of the Year alongside “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X, among others.

“I Still Have Faith in You” appears on “Voyage”, which is ABBA’s ninth album and first studio release in 40 years. The ballad debuted in September with “Don’t Shut Me Down”, a more rhythmic track.

Until Tuesday, ABBA’s only previous contact with the Grammys was their 2015 Induction into the Recording Academy Hall of Fame. Given the group’s ubiquity in pop culture, the announcement of their very first Grammy nod has garnered praise and surprise from many fans on social media.

“It’s mind boggling to me but also a reminder that the Grammy Awards aren’t a definitive reflection of the quality of music,” one person tweeted. Adding another, “How did I live in a world where ABBA had no Grammy nominations?”

As of Tuesday afternoon, ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad had yet to publicly comment on the nomination.

By all accounts, their recognition at the Grammy is long overdue. The group rose to worldwide fame with “Waterloo”, which won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. Since then they have sold around 385 million albums worldwide, making them one of the groups best selling pop music of all time. Classic hits like “Dancing Queen” and “The Winner Takes It All” have spanned generations, while artists like Shania Twain and Madonna have sampled ABBA’s catalog in their work.

Although ABBA first disbanded in 1982, their fans’ passion for these vivid, europop melodies has never wavered. The 2000 jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” was a hit in London and on Broadway, while the 2008 film adaptation starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep became the UK’s highest-grossing film. A 2018 sequel, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, ”received mixed to negative reviews, but was a box office success nonetheless.

“Voyage”, ABBA’s first album since “The Visitors” in 1981, was well received by critics and reached number 1 in the UK earlier this month. He debuted at No. 2 in the United States



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