Here Are the Top Grammy Nominees

Beyoncé leads the way with 9, despite not releasing an album
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 24, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Beyoncé Leads the Way on Grammy Nominations
This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King."   (Travis Matthews/Disney Plus via AP)

Beyoncé’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine. She picked up song and record of the year bids with “Black Parade,” which she released on Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. Beyoncé’s domination this year came as a surprise since the singer did not release a new album. Other surprises, well snubs, include pop star the Weeknd being shut out despite having a No. 1 album. Luke Combs, who dominated the country charts and set records on streaming services this year, was also surprisingly shut out of nominations. A list of nominees in some of the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, per the AP:

  • Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas; “Everyday Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier; “Women In Music Pt. III,” HAIM; “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa; “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone; “folklore,” Taylor Swift.
  • Record of the year: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé; “Colors,” Black Pumas; “Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch; “Say So,” Doja Cat; “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish; “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa; “Circles,” Post Malone; “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé.

  • Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Black Parade,” Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Derek Dixie, Denisia Andrews, Stephen Bray, Brittany Coney, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice; “The Box,” Roddy Ricch and Samuel Gloade; “cardigan,” Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner; “Circles,” Post Malone, Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk and Billy Walsh; “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren; “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish and Finneas; “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R., Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas; “If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe.
  • Best new artist: Ingrid Andress; Phoebe Bridgers; Chika; Noah Cyrus; D Smoke; Doja Cat; Kaytranada; Megan Thee Stallion.
  • Best pop solo performance: “Yummy,” Justin Bieber; “Say So,” Doja Cat; “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish; “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa; “Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles; “cardigan,” Taylor Swift.
  • Best pop duo/group performance: “UN DIA (ONE DAY),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy; “Intentions,” Justin Bieber featuring Quavo; “Dynamite,” BTS; “Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande; “Exile,” Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver.
  • Best pop vocal album: “Changes,” Justin Bieber; “Chromatica,” Lady Gaga; “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa; “Fine Line,” Harry Styles; “folklore,” Taylor Swift.
  • Best rock album: “A Hero’s Death,” Fontaines D.C.; “Kiwanuka,” Michael Kiwanuka; “Daylight,” Grace Potter; “Sound & Fury,” Sturgill Simpson; “The New Abnormal,” the Strokes.
  • Best alternative music album: “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” Fiona Apple; “Hyperspace,” Beck; “Punisher,” Phoebe Bridgers; “Jaime,” Brittany Howard; “The Slow Rush,” Tame Impala.
  • Best progressive R&B album: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Ungodly Hour,” Chloe x Halle; “Free Nationals,” Free Nationals; “F--- Yo Feelings,” Robert Glasper; “It Is What It Is,” Thundercat.
  • Best R&B album: “Happy 2 Be Here,” Ant Clemons; “Take Time,” Giveon; “To Feel Loved,” Luke James; “Bigger Love,” John Legend; “All Rise,” Gregory Porter.
  • Best rap album: “Black Habits,” D Smoke; “Alfredo,” Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist; “A Written Testimony,” Jay Electronica; “King’s Disease,” Nas; “The Allegory,” Royce Da 5’9”.
  • Best country album: “Lady Like,” Ingrid Andress; “Your Life Is a Record,” Brandy Clark; “Wildcard,” Miranda Lambert; “Nightfall,” Little Big Town; “Never Will,” Ashley McBryde.
  • Best Latin pop or urban album: “YHLQMDLG,” Bad Bunny; “Por Primera Vez,” Camilo; “Mesa Para Dos,” Kany García; “Pausa,” Ricky Martin; “3:33,” Debi Nova.
  • Best comedy album: “Black Mitzvah,” Tiffany Haddish; “I Love Everything,” Patton Oswalt; “The Pale Tourist,” Jim Gaffigan; “Paper Tiger,” Bill Burr; “23 Hours to Kill,” Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Producer of the year, non-classical: Jack Antonoff; Dan Auerbach; Dave Cobb; Flying Lotus; Andrew Watt.
  • Best music video: “Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé; “Life Is Good,” Future featuring Drake; “Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak; “Adore You,” Harry Styles; “Goliath,” Woodkid.

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