Beyoncé Leads Grammy Nominations For The Second Time In Three Years, Shows Current Dominance Of Hip-Hop and R&B

It’s that time of the year yet again, where everybody gets in to arguments about who did and didn’t deserve nominees, as the nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on CBS’s This Morning show early this morning.

As expected almost two years exactly to the day of becoming the most nominated woman ever in the history of the Grammys with her six nominations, which were tied with Sam Smith for the most nominations that year, Beyoncé is yet again the most nominated artist for the upcoming Grammy awards.  This time with three more nominations for a total of nine and by her lonesome, as the most nominated artist for the upcoming 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which will also air on CBS in a little over a couple of months on Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Queen Bey was followed closely behind by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who had eight nominations apiece and even newcomer Chance the Rapper with seven nods.  Thus showing Hip-Hop and R&B’s dominance in not only the scope of music as a whole, but the Grammys themselves.  You may remember years ago most of Hip-Hop boycotting, The Grammys.  Though they still have a long way to go, they got a lot right and have come a long way from the regular boycott’s of the show most Hip-Hop artists had back in the late 80’s to early 90’s.

Beyoncé earned nominations in some of the most coveted categories too with her chart-topping and critically-acclaimed, LEMONADE up for the most coveted award of the night in Album of the Year and also it’s lead single, Formation, up for Record and Song of the Year.  Also marking the second time in three years she’s up for the most coveted category of the night.  Bey also earned nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video and Best Music Film.

Thus making the singer/songwriter the oldest top nominee and the first artist in Grammys history to be nominated for the Best Pop Solo, Best Rock and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

First-time nominee, Chance, who’s nominated for Best New Artist did something unprecedented and showed Hip-Hop’s true influence in music now by becoming the first artist to be nominated for a streaming-only album too.  As his Best Rap Album nomination for his mixtape, Coloring Book, is the first of it’s kind.  Also joining a list of talented Chicago acts with several nominees that includes West and BJ the Chicago Kid, who scored three nominations as well.

A partial list of the nominees can be seen below and the full list here.

Album of the Year

25 – Adele
Lemonade – Beyoncé
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Views – Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill SARTIST


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” – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Hello” – Adele
“Hold Up” – Beyoncé
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
“Piece by Piece (Idol Version)” – Kelly Clarkson
“Dangerous Woman” – Ariana Grande

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

Best Pop Vocal Album

25 – Adele
Purpose – Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
Confident – Demi Lovato
This Is Acting – Sia

Best Dance Recording

“Tearing Me Up” – Bob Moses
“Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
“Never Be Like You” – Flume Featuring Kai
“Rinse & Repeat” – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
“Drinkee” – Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skin – Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch – Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII – Louie Vega

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 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 Traditional R&B Performance

“The Three Of Me” – William Bell
“Woman’s World” – BJ The Chicago Kid
“Sleeping With The One I Love” – Fantasia
“Angel” – Lalah Hathaway
“Can’t Wait” – Jill Scott

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 R&B Album

In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin
Healing Season – Mint Condition
Smoove Jones – Mya

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 Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Freedom” – Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” – Drake
“Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
“Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song

“All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
“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 Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media 

Amy – Various Artists
Miles Ahead – Miles Davis & Various Artists
Straight Outta Compton – Various Artists
Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) – Various Artists
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 – Various Artists

Best Song Written For Visual Media

“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar
“Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots
“Just Like Fire – “P!nk
“Purple Lamborghini” – Skrillex & Rick Ross
“Try Everything” – Shakira
“The Veil” – Peter Gabriel

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Ricky Reed

Best Music Video

“Formation” – Beyoncé
“River” – Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” – Coldplay
“Gosh” – Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” – OK Go