The official nomination list for the 63rd annual Grammy awards has been released. The prestigious awards ceremony will be held on Sunday 31 January 2021, hosted by our very own, home-grown comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
The Grammy award ceremony is set to be held live without any pre-recorded performances.
BEYONCE LEADS GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Queen Bey leads the list of nominees with a total of nine nominations for 2021, this brings her total Grammy nominations to 79 and 24 Grammy wins.
Beyoncé was nominated for:
- Record Of The Year – Black Parade
- Record Of The Year – Savage – Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce
- Song Of The Year – Black Parade
- Best R&B Performance – Black Parade
- Best R&B Song – Black Parade
- Best Rap Performance – Savage Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce
- Best Rap Song – Savage Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce
- Best Music Video – Brown Skin Girl
- Best Music Film – Black is King
Read more Beyoncé news here: Vogue buzz: Queen Bey’s ‘un-bee-lievable’ revelation
TAYLOR SWIFT: NOMINATIONS AND ‘FOLKLORE’ MYSTERY SOLVED
Taylor Swift got the second-most nominations – totalling six – with five for her Folklore album. Swift revealed the identity of her “mystery co-writer” on the album as her British boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
Released in July, Folklore came as a surprise to Swift fans after being recorded in isolation at the height of the pandemic.
In an Instagram post at the time of Folklore’s release, Swift thanked someone named “William Bowery” — leading to speculation about his identity as he did not appear to be a registered songwriter or producer.
The 30-year-old singer-songwriter revealed during Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney+, on Wednesday 25 November. that Bowery is in fact her boyfriend, who co-wrote two of the songs.
OTHER HIGH-RANKED NOMINATIONS
Dua Lipa and American musician Brittany Howard both received five nominations; and Billie Eilish, DaBaby, Phoebe Bridges, Megan Thee Stallion and Justin Bieber each got four.
THE WEEKND CALLS OUT ‘CORRUPTION’
The Weeknd dominated the music industry this year with his After Hours album.
The eccentric Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer opened the Video Music Awards (VMAs) with his hit Blinding Lights which won him Video of the Year, as well as Best R&B and Best Cinematography.
He also won several awards at the recent American Music Awards (AMA’s) including Favourite Soul/R&B male artist, album and song…so, it came as quite a surprise when he did not receive any Grammy nominations.
The Starboy hitmaker took to social media calling out the Grammys, tweeting: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”
JUSTIN BIEBER WANTS TO BE RECOGNISED AS AN R&B ARTIST
Justin Bieber was also nominated for four Grammys:
- Best Pop Solo Performance – Yummy
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Intentions featuring Quavo
- Best Pop Vocal Album – Changes
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance – 10,000 HOURS Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
Apart from The Weeknd’s frustration with the Grammys, Justin Bieber also had a bone to pick. The singer set out to make an R&B album, but was not recognised in any of the R&B categories — only in pop.
In a social media post, he politely acknowledged his nominations, but stated that he is “intentional” about his music and this was not meant to be a pop album.