FULL LIST: Grammy 2017 nominees revealed

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

POP FIELD

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

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Rock Album

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Best R&B Album

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

NEW AGE FIELD

Best New Age Album

JAZZ FIELD 

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

LATIN FIELD

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

REGGAE FIELD

Best Reggae Album:

WORLD MUSIC FIELD

Best World Music Album

CHILDREN'S FIELD

Best Children's Album

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album

MUSICAL THEATER

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

COMPOSING/ARRANGING FIELD

Best Instrumental Composition

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

PACKAGE FIELD

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

NOTES FIELD

Best Album Notes

HISTORICAL FIELD

Best Historical Album:

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer Of The YearNon-Classical:

Best Remixed Recording

SURROUND SOUND FIELD

Best Surround Sound Album

PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer of the Year, Classical

CLASSICAL FIELD

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