Beyoncé Tops 2017 Grammy Nominations

The American singer, songwriter and actress, Beyoncé seems to be in the lead with a total 9 nominations in the 2017 Grammy awards.

The Recording Academy announced the 59th annual Grammy nominees Tuesday, honoring artists such as Adele and Beyoncé for their work in the past year, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Meghan Trainor announced the first round of nominees — in categories for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — on CBS This Morning and the rest of the categories appeared online soon after.

Beyoncé came out with the most nominations, earning nine nods for tracks off her visual album Lemonade. Drake and Rihanna each nabbed eight nominations for their recent albums Views and ANTI, respectively, and their hit collaborative single, “Work.” Chance the Rapper was nominated for six awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for his mixtape Coloring Book. Adele also walked away with five nominations, most notably for the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year categories.

For the 2017 ceremony, eligible albums must have been released between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, which explains why albums like Adele’s 25 were eligible for nomination this time around, instead of for the 2016 ceremony.

Lightning-rod pop-R&B superstar Beyoncé has scored a field-leading nine Grammy Award nominations for her provocative “Formation” single and “Lemonade” album, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Times states.

At the same time, the year’s biggest blockbuster album, Adele’s “25,” yielded five nominations for the British singer-songwriter, with nods in all three of the general categories for which she’s eligible — album, record and song — recognizing her unequaled reach across age, gender and stylistic boundaries with the broad-based appeal of her traditionally rooted pop songs of romantic heartbreak and recovery.

Launching the 2017 awards season with the unveiling of hundreds of nominations over 84 award categories, the Recording Academy cast barely a glance into the rearview mirror of pop music.

In years past, the album, record or song categories typically include what have been considered career-recognition nods to veteran stars such as Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton. This year’s slate puts the attention squarely on musicians who are actively shaping the sound of popular music on radio, YouTube, Spotify and social media platforms consumers use most to find new music.

A key example is the number of nominations generated by Chance the Rapper’s debut album, “Coloring Book,” which was issued in May only as a music stream rather than as a physical CD, old-school mix-tape or digital download.

His seven nominations, including best new artist, in part resulted from a rule change that opened the door for music not available in more traditional forms.

We never want to be in position where music that deserves to be in the mix is usurped by some technicality in the process,” Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told The Times on Monday. “The evaluation and judgment of our voting members is always about the music and excellence, not at all about sales or marketing or technology.”

Yet the nominated recordings, spanning an eligibility period from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, contain little content directly addressing the volatile year leading up to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president, the Black Lives Matter movement or other social activities that grabbed headlines throughout the year.

The most socially or culturally provocative work acknowledged with top Grammy nominations is Beyonce’s “Formation” single, which touches  on themes of identity for women and African Americans, especially African American females.

When she performed “Formation” during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in February, Beyonce ignited a firestorm of public debate over its appropriateness during the most-watched sports event of the year.

In the record-of-the-year category, which lauds songwriting, vocal performance and record production, the other nominees are Adele’s “Hello,” which describes an unsuccessful attempt at apology for breaking a lover’s heart; Danish group Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which recounts turning points in life; Rihanna featuring Drake’s “Work,” and Twenty One Pilots’ ode to millennials’ mounting sense of real-life pressures in “Stressed Out.”

Among the general category surprises are the album of the year nomination for Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” collection, signaling the growing maturity of his music, at the expense of Paul Simon’s widely acclaimed “Stranger to Stranger” late-career album that many had expected might land an overall album nomination.

Along with the Adele, Beyonce and Bieber works, the album category also includes Canadian rapper Drake’s hit collection “Views” and country-Americana singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” taking a slot that often recognizes a roots-music artist alongside bigger-selling pop and R&B works.

Nominees were chosen from 22,000 submissions and will be decided by some 13,000 voting members of the Recording Academy, a body made up of musicians, producers, songwriters, record executives, publishers and other industry members.

A complete list of nominees is available at the official Grammy website, www.grammy.com.

There are thousands of talented Black people, poets, artists, writers, and singers, and we are glad to find out some them got the long-awaited chance to receive the reward the definitely deserve. We applaud their talent and wish them the best of luck.

 

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