Beyoncé takes her black pageant to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about black pride garnered multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the top contender with nine.
Beyoncé picked up the song and record deals of the year with “Black Parade,” which she released on June 18, the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African-Americans found out they were free.
The song, which reached the Top 40 on the charts, is also nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” film that highlighted black art, music, history and fashion is nominated for best musical film, while “Brown Skin Girl,” a song dedicated to dark and tanned women, is nominated for best music video.
The singer also garnered three nominations for her skillful guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s number one hit “Savage,” which includes record of the year, best rap performance and best rap song.
Winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. She is tied with Paul McCartney, who earned a nomination this year for Best Boxed Package or Special Limited Edition.
Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have garnered 80 nominations each. Jay-Z earned three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” earning them nominations for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Rap Song. Jay-Z has won 22 Grammy Awards throughout his career.
Beyoncé’s dominance this year came as a surprise as the singer did not release a new album. Other surprises, nice snubs, include pop star The Weeknd who was completely excluded and without any nominations despite having a No. 1 album, several hit singles, and winning the coveted Super Bowl halftime performance slot.
Luke Combs, who dominated the country charts and set records for streaming services this year, was also surprisingly excluded from the nominations.
When Harvey Mason Jr., Recording’s interim president and CEO, was asked if he was surprised that Weeknd didn’t get a single nomination, he told The Associated Press: “You know, there are so many nominations and there are only so many slots. really hard to predict why voters will vote in a given year. I try not to be too surprised. “
The Weeknd later tweeted an irate response to his snub Tuesday: “The Grammys are still corrupt. You owe the transparency to me, my fans and the industry… ”He did not elaborate.
Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who garnered six nominations each and followed Beyoncé as the second most nominated acts.
Lipa, who won two Grammy Awards last year, garnered album of the year nominations for “Future Nostalgia,” as well as song and record of the year for her hit “Don’t Start Now.” Swift, whose last two albums did not earn album of the year nominations, is competing for the top prize with her surprise album “folklore.” If she wins, she would become the first female artist to win album of the year three times.
Other nominees for album of the year include: Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding”; Coldplay’s “Everyday Life,” featuring world music sounds and politically charged lyrics; HAIM’s second release “Women In Music Pt. III”; Jhené Aiko’s atmospheric R&B project “Chilombo”; English musician Jacob Collier’s multi-genre release “Djesse Vol. 3”; and the deluxe edition of Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album.
Tracks competing with Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” and “Savage” for the record of the year include DaBaby and Ricch’s “Rockstar,” Malone’s “Circles,” Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” “Everything I Wanted.” by Billie Eilish, “Black Pumas” “Colors” and “Say So” by Doja Cat. The last song was produced by controversial musical figure Dr. Luke, and it garnered its first Grammy nominations since 2014, the year that its former collaborator Kesha accused him of sexual assault. Dr. Luke, who used the nickname Tyson Trax in the credits of the Doja Cat song, has vigorously denied the allegations.
“Black Parade”, “Don’t Start Now”, “Everything I Wanted” and “Circles” are also nominated for song of the year, a songwriter award, along with “cardigan” by Swift, “The Box” by Ricch , JP Saxe and “If the World Was Ending” by Julia Michaels and “I Can’t Breathe” by HER, their protest anthem that addresses police brutality.
Several songs that emerged after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor were nominated for Grammy Awards, including “The Bigger Picture” by Lil Baby (best rap song, best rap performance), Anderson. Paak’s “Lockdown” (Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Music Video), Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” (Best Country Solo Performance) and Beyoncé’s “Black Parade”.
“I think it is significant. I think it reflects what has happened in our world, “Mason Jr. said of the multiple protest songs that garnered nominations this year.” Musicians, artists, writers and producers, they write about what’s going on in their lives. We tend to be pretty emotional people. When things happen, it will come to light in our music and art. It makes sense that those kinds of songs are nominated and celebrated by our voters. It really resonated with people. You listen to some of those songs and you can’t help but be moved “.
Megan Thee Stallion, who released her highly anticipated debut album last week after finding success with hit singles and mixtapes since 2018, earned four nominations, including best new artist. She will compete with rapper and singer Doja Cat, pop singer Noah Cyrus, country singer Ingrid Andress, multi-genre DJ and producer Kaytranada, rappers Chika and D Smoke, and independent rocker Phoebe Bridgers, who earned four nominations and helped female artists dominate in rock categories.
Nominees for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song include Bridgers, Fiona Apple, HAIM, Grace Potter, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and Big Thief, directed by Adrianne Lenker. Female performers also dominated on Top Country Album, including Andress, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, and Ashley McBryde. The Little Big Town quartet, which features two female vocalists, round out the five nominees.
Howard, who released his first solo album “Jaime” last year, garnered five nominations, including offers in the R&B and American Roots categories. Eilish, DaBaby, John Beasley, David Frost and Justin Bieber, nominated for three pop and one country awards for “10,000 Hours” with the duo Dan + Shay, each garnered four nominations.
The kings of K-pop BTS got their first Grammy nomination after years of hitting the charts. They will compete for the best pop duo / group performance with their number one hit, “Dynamite.”
Other first-time nominees include Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Kiwanuka, Jay Electronica and Harry Styles, who became the first One Direction member to win a Grammy nomination.
He is ready for best pop vocal album with his second solo release “Fine Line”, best solo pop performance for “Watermelon Sugar” and best music video for “Adore You”.
Several acts garnered posthumous nominations, including John Prine (Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song), Nipsey Hussle (Best Rap Performance), Leonard Cohen (Best Folk Album), Pop Smoke (Best Rap Performance) and composer LaShawn Daniels (best gospel). performance / song).
And A-list artists hoping to achieve EGOT status have a chance to win their Grammy Awards, including Renée Zellweger, who is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Judy,” a performance that earned her a second Award from the Academy, while Meryl Streep is nominated for best spoken word album for “Charlotte’s Web.” Streep’s competition includes MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, journalist Ronan Farrow and “Jeopardy!” record holder Ken Jennings, who is nominated for reading “Alex Trebek – The Answer Is…” Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr are nominated for best comedy album.
Kanye West, who has won 21 Grammy Awards, got only one nomination this year: for contemporary Christian music album for “Jesus Is King.” Others who were turned down included country artists Chicks and Morgan Wallen, R&B singers Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, Chris Brown and Brandy, and the late rapper Juice WRLD.
Songs and albums released between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020, were eligible for nominations this year. Winners will be announced on the live show on January 31.