Beyoncé leads the nominations for the 59th annual Grammys, announced on Tuesday, with nine nods for her album “Lemonade.” But in each of the three top categories she will square off against Adele, who was nominated five times.
Both women had extraordinary years. “Lemonade,” an ambitious album and film, tackled issues of race and infidelity, and its release became the kind of all-consuming cultural phenomenon that perhaps no artist but Beyoncé could muster. Adele’s album “25” sold more than 10 million copies in less than a year, a blockbuster that eclipsed all others.
With enormous commercial success and the adoration of fellow musicians, those stars represent the very best of how the music industry sees itself, which should make their competition tight. “Lemonade” and “25” are both nominated for album of the year, and Beyoncé’s track “Formation” will go up against Adele’s “Hello” for both record and song of the year.
This year’s Grammys, on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, will mostly hew to the biggest pop hits of the moment — itself a notable development for a show that has often celebrated aging stars at the expense of vital young talent.
The other leading nominees include Drake and Rihanna, each with eight nods, and Chance the Rapper, who climbed the charts as an independent and had seven nominations in five categories, including best new artist.
Yet every list of Grammy nominations comes with surprises.
For album of the year, “Lemonade” and “25” will compete against Drake’s “Views,” a monster streaming hit; “Purpose,” Justin Bieber’s comeback vehicle; and, in what might be the year’s wild card, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” by the country singer Sturgill Simpson, a critical favorite but modest seller.
For record of the year, an award for the performer and producers of a single track, “Formation” and “Hello” face off against “7 Years,” a mellow hit by the Danish group Lukas Graham; “Stressed Out,” by the genre-mixing pop duo Twenty One Pilots; and Rihanna’s “Work,” which features Drake. (“Formation,” “Hello” and “7 Years” are also up for song of the year, which recognizes songwriters.)
Beyoncé has been nominated 62 times in her career, more than any other female artist. She has already won 20 awards, and if she wins eight this year, Beyoncé would surpass Alison Krauss as the most-honored woman in Grammy history.
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(Source – nytimes.com)