NEW YORK, USA – Pop diva Beyonce on Tuesday, December 6 led nominations for next year's Grammy Awards but faced tough competition from fellow chart-topping artists including Adele.
Beyonce received nods in nine categories for the music industry's biggest night including Album of the Year for Lemonade, her contemplative look at African-American women that she intertwined with a movie.
Beyonce will face off at the February 12 awards in three of the most prestigious categories against English balladeer Adele, whose 25 has been one of the top-selling albums of the 21st century.
Besides Album of the Year, Beyonce and Adele go head-to-head for Record of the Year, which recognizes individual tracks, and Song of the Year, which looks at songwriting.
Adele was nominated in the two categories for her power-track of lost love "Hello," while Beyonce is in the running for "Formation," a bouncy track that marks her deepest foray into hip-hop.
The 59th Grammy Awards will be presented at a gala in Los Angeles after voting by 13,000 music professionals.
If she wins in all categories, Beyonce would break the record for most Grammys by a female artist.
Beyonce has won 20 Grammys over her career but has never won Album of the Year, despite being nominated twice in the category.
Rule change for streaming
Two of hip-hop's biggest names, Kanye West and Drake, were each nominated in eight categories as was R&B sensation Rihanna.
West, a media celebrity who recently was hospitalized after a reported breakdown, took advantage of a change in Grammy rules to consider streaming-only releases.
West put out his last album, The Life of Pablo, only on Tidal and then other streaming services as the on-demand online format rapidly grows.
With no physical album, West challenged traditional industry notions of an album, tinkering with his music after its "release."
Along with Adele's 25 and Beyonce's Lemonade, nominees for Album of the Year included Drake's Views– the top-selling album released in 2016 in the United States – and fellow Canadian star Justin Bieber's Purpose.
The biggest surprise for Album of the Year was A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson, a country singer who has won a high-brow audience with abstract lyricism including meditations on Tibetan Buddhism.
It marks the second straight year that an alternative-minded country star was nominated for Album of the Year after Chris Stapleton, who ultimately lost to Taylor Swift in February.
Low-key nods for Bowie
Lukas Graham, the Danish pop group with songs that explore income and social inequalities, was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "7 Years."
Other relatively new acts to rake in nominations was Chance the Rapper, the introspective Chicago hip-hop artist known for his freestyles and past work with West.
Chance the Rapper was nominated in seven categories, among them Best New Artist even though he has been active for several years.
Other nominees for Best New Artist, considered one of the top four categories, included Anderson .Paak, the experimental California hip-hop artist who blends in jazz and soul.
Also in the running for Best New Artist were electronic sensations The Chainsmokers and the country singers Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris.
Rock legend David Bowie, whose death from an undisclosed battle with cancer stunned the music world in January, was passed over for the most visible categories.
But his acclaimed final album Blackstar, released two days before his death, was up for Grammys in five categories including Best Alternative Music Album.
Bowie, who always enjoyed more accolades in his native Britain than in his adopted home of the United States, was up in the Alternative Music Album category against other favorites of critics – Bon Iver, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop and Radiohead.
Here's the list of nominees:
Album Of The Year
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance Recording
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
CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FIELD
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
Best Alternative Music Album
Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album
Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
NEW AGE FIELD
Best New Age Album
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album
Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
Best Tropical Latin Album:
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD
Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Best Reggae Album:
WORLD MUSIC FIELD
Best World Music Album
Best Children's Album
SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Best Comedy Album
Best Musical Theater Album
MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Best Instrumental Composition
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Best Recording Package
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes
Best Historical Album:
PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Best Remixed Recording
SURROUND SOUND FIELD
Best Surround Sound Album
PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
Best Orchestral Field
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD
Best Music Video:
Best Music Film:
– Rappler. com