Grammy Awards 2017: Beyoncé slays the nominations

With Rihanna, Drake and Kanye not far behind

The nominees for Grammy Awards 2017 were announced on Tuesday, 6 December, and guess who’s received nine nods, making her the most nominated female artist in history? We don’t call her Queen B for nothing, yep it’s Beyoncé.

Bey has been nominated 62 times in her career, and has already won 20 awards. If she wins a minimum of eight awards at this year’s awards ceremony, she’ll surpass Alison Krauss as the most-honoured woman in Grammy history.

Lemonade, Bey’s ground-breaking visual album which was released in April of this year, dominates the awards with nine nominations, including album, song and record of the year. In each of these three top categories she will square off against Adele, who has been nominated five times.

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The competition will be tight between these incredible female vocalists, as Lemonade goes up against Adele’s album 25 (which sold more than 10 million copies in under a year), and Formation is pitted against Adele’s Hello for both record and song of the year.

Taking place on February 12 in Los Angeles, other noteworthy nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards include Rihanna, Kanye West and Drake, with eight nods each. Of course, with 84 categories in all, the Grammys are always about far more than just the biggest names. Check out the Grammy Awards 2017 nominees in the top categories below:

Album of the year:
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record of the year:
Hello — Adele
Formation — Beyoncé
7 Years — Lukas Graham
Work — Rihanna featuring Drake
Stressed Out — Twenty One Pilots

Song of the year:
Formation — Beyoncé
Hello — Adele
I Took a Pill In Ibiza — Mike Posner
Love Yourself — Justin Bieber
7 Years — Lukas Graham

Best new artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

Best pop vocal album:
25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

Best pop solo performance:
Hello — Adele
Hold Up — Beyoncé
Love Yourself — Justin Bieber
Piece by Piece — Kelly Clarkson
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande

Best rock album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death of a Bachelor — Panic! at the Disco
Weezer — Weezer

Best alternative music album:
22, a Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Best urban contemporary album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — King
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best rap performance:
No Problem — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Panda — Desiigner
Pop Style — Drake Featuring the Throne
All the Way Up — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared
That Part — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Best country solo performance:
Love Can Go to Hell — Brandy Clark
Vice — Miranda Lambert
My Church — Maren Morris
Church Bells — Carrie Underwood
Blue Ain’t Your Color — Keith Urban

Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling):
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In the Sandbox — Carol Burnett
M Train — Patti Smith
Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) — (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello

Best song written for visual media:
Can’t Stop the Feeling! — Trolls
Heathens — Suicide Squad
Just Like Fire — Alice Through the Looking Glass
Purple Lamborghini — Suicide Squad
Try Everything — Zootopia
The Veil — Snowden

Best music video:
Formation — Beyoncé
River — Leon Bridges
Up & Up — Coldplay
Gosh — Jamie XX
Upside Down & Inside Out — OK Go

Best pop duo/group performance:
Closer — The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
7 Years — Lukas Graham
Work — Rihanna featuring Drake
Cheap Thrills — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
Stressed Out — Twenty One Pilots
Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy

Best rock performance:
Joe (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes
Don’t Hurt Yourself — Beyoncé featuring Jack White
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Sound of Silence (Live On Conan) — Disturbed
Heathens — Twenty One Pilots

Best rock song:
Blackstar — David Bowie
Burn the Witch — Radiohead
Hardwired — Metallica
Heathens — Twenty One Pilots
My Name Is Human — Highly Suspect

Best rock album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death of a Bachelor — Panic! at the Disco
Weezer — Weezer

Best alternative music album:
22, a Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Best R&B performance:
Turnin’ Me Up — BJ the Chicago Kid
Permission — Ro James
I Do — Musiq Soulchild
Needed Me — Rihanna
Cranes In the Sky — Solange

Best R&B song:
Come See Me — PartyNextDoor featuring Drake
Exchange — Bryson Tiller
Kiss It Better — Rihanna
Lake by the Ocean — Maxwell
Luv — Tory Lanez

Best urban contemporary album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — King
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best rap song:
All the Way Up — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infrared
Famous — Kanye West featuring Rihanna
Hotline Bling — Drake
No Problem — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Ultralight Beam — Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream

Best rap album:
Coloring Book — Chance the Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — Schoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo — Kanye West

Best country song:
Blue Ain’t Your Color — Keith Urban
Die a Happy Man — Thomas Rhett
Humble and Kind — Tim McGraw
My Church — Maren Morris
Vice — Miranda Lambert

Best country album:
Big Day In a Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban

Best comedy album:
… America … Great … — David Cross
American Myth— Margaret Cho
Boyish Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
Live at the Apollo — Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt

Best music video:
Formation — Beyoncé
River — Leon Bridges
Up & Up — Coldplay
Gosh — Jamie XX
Upside Down & Inside Out — OK Go

Best music film:
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Steve Aoki — Justin Krook
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years — Ron Howard
Lemonade — Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Kahlil Joseph
The Music of Strangers — Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble Morgan Neville
American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry — George J. Flanigen IV

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