Beyoncé Leads Nominees For 63rd Grammy Awards


Beyoncé leads the nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

With nine nominations, she is poised to overtake Alison Krauss as the female artist with the most Grammy wins (Beyoncé has won 24, Krauss has 27).

Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” is vying for Record of the Year and Song of the Year as well as Best R&B Performance and R&B Song. Black Is King is up for Best Music Film and “Brown Skin Girl” is nominated for Best Music Video.

Beyoncé is also nominated in three categories for being featured on “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion.

With her sixth Record of the Year nomination, Beyoncé now holds the record for the most nominations by a female artist in the category (she was tied with Barbra Streisand). She joins Streisand, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and John Lennon as the only artists to have been up for Record of the Year in three different decades.

Not far behind Queen Bey on the list of nominees are Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, with six apiece.

Swift, who has 10 previous wins from 35 nominations, is a contender in major categories like Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album (folklore) and both Song of the Year and Pop Solo Performance (for “Cardigan”). "Exile," the folklore track with Bon Iver, is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

“Beautiful Ghosts,” which Swift penned with Andrew Lloyd Webber and performed in the Cats end credits, is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Swift is now the most-nominated female artist ever for Song of the Year and only one nomination behind Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie for the most overall in the category.

On Sunday, Swift won three American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year. Only hours before the Grammy nominations were unveiled, she announced the premiere of folklore: the long pond studio sessions, an intimate concert film.

Dua Lipa, who was named Best New Artist at the Grammys in 2018 (she also won Best Dance Recording for “Electricity”) is nominated this year for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Don’t Start Now” as well as Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Future Nostalgia.

Billie Eilish returns to the Grammys spotlight with three noms for “Everything I Wanted” and one for her Bond theme “No Time To Die.”

O Canada!

Despite having one of the year's biggest songs ("Blinding Lights") and most successful albums (After Hours), The Weeknd was shut out by Recording Academy voters.

Canada is, however, represented on the list of Grammy nominations by several artists.

Justin Bieber earned noms for Best Pop Vocal Album (for Changes), Pop Solo Performance (“Yummy”) and Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Intentions” ft. Quavo). His collaboration with Dan + Shay is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Bieber had 10 previous nominations, dating back to 2011, including one win for “Where Are Ü Now” with Jack Ü in 2016.

Drake, a four-time Grammy winner, is up for Best Rap Song and Best Melodic Rap Performance for his latest single “Laugh Now Cry Later.”

Toronto’s J.P. Saxe earned his first ever Grammy nomination for “If The World Was Ending,” his duet with Julia Michael. It’s up for the coveted Song of the Year. Also getting her first Grammy nomination is Toronto-based Lido Pimienta, in the Best Latin Rock or Alternative category (Miss Colombia).

After a decade in the music industry, Montreal’s Kaytranada has been nominated as Best New Artist, a category that was won in 1963 by Alberta-raised Robert Goulet and Ontario’s Alessia Cara in 2018. The DJ-producer, whose real name is Louis Kevin Celestin, also scored noms for Best Dance Album (for Bubba) and Best Dance Recording (“10%" ft. Kali Uchis).

The posthumous Leonard Cohen collection Thanks for the Dance, released last November and produced by his Montreal-born son Adam Cohen, is nominated for Best Folk Album.

Toronto’s Director X (aka Julien Christian Lutz) is nominated for Best Music Video for “Life Is Good” by Future ft. Drake. Frank Dukes has noms for his work on Post Malone's album Hollywood's Bleeding (up for Album of the Year) and the single 'Circles" (nominated for Record of the Year).

Best Country Song nominees include "More Hearts Than Mine," a song co-written by Ontario native Sam Ellis for Ingrid Andress.

Other Canadian nominees include Nasri Atweh (Best R&B Song for “Slow Down” by Skip Marley and H.E.R.), Jayda G. (Best Dance Recording for “Both of Us”), Jim West (Best New Age Album for More Guitar Stories), Audrey Brisson (as part of the cast of Amelie, up for Best Musical Theater Album) and Shawn Everett (three Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical nominations).

Montreal-raised Rufus Wainwright’s Unfollow the Rules is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Wainwright’s only other Grammy nomination was in 2008 for Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall – and this year he’s competing against Renée Zellweger’s Judy

Best Musical Theater Album contenders include Jagged Little Pill, the show based on songs from the breakthrough album by Ottawa's Alanis Morissette (she is not nominated). American DJ Morgan Page earned a Best Remixed Recording nomination for his remix of “Imaginary Friends” by Canada's deadmau5 – but the award goes to the remixer, not the original artist.

Trevor Noah will host the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2021.

Check out the nominations in major categories below:

Record Of The Year
Beyoncé - "Black Parade"
Black Pumas - "Colors"
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch - "Rockstar"
Doja Cat - "Say So"
Billie Eilish - "Everything I Wanted"
Dua Lipa - "Don’t Start Now"
Post Malone - "Circles"
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé - "Savage"

Album Of The Year
Jhené Aiko - Chilombo
Black Pumas - Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)
Coldplay - Everyday Life
Jacob Collier - Djesse Vol. 3
Haim - Women In Music Pt. III
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Post Malone - Hollywood’s Bleeding
Taylor Swift - Folklore

Song of the Year
Beyoncé - "Black Parade"
Roddy Ricch - "The Box"
Taylor Swift - "Cardigan"
Post Malone - "Circles"
Dua Lipa - "Don’t Start Now"
Billie Eilish - "Everything I Wanted"
H.E.R. - "I Can't Breathe"
JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels - "If the World Was Ending"

Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy - "Un Dia (One Day)"
Justin Bieber ft. Quavo - "Intentions"
BTS - "Dynamite"
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande - "Rain On Me"
Taylor Swift ft. Bon Iver - "Exile"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Justin Bieber - Changes
Lady Gaga - Chromatica
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Harry Styles - Fine Line
Taylor Swift - Folklore

You can see all the nominations here.

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