Beyonce leads Grammy nominations

December 07, 2016
@Normal:Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28, 2016, in New York.
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The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's 'lemonade'. The pop star leads the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with 'Lemonade', and song and record of the year with 'Formation'.

The singer, who already has 20 Grammys and is the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 62, is also the first artiste to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each.

Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year.

For album of the year, Lemonade and 25 which has sold 10 million copies in a year will compete against Drake's multi-hit Views, Justin Bieber's redemption album Purpose, and surprise nominee A Sailor's Guide to Earth, the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson.

BeyoncÈ's Formation and Adele's Hello are up against Rihanna and Drake's Work, twenty one pilots' Stressed Out and Lukas Graham's 7 Years for record of the year. 7 Years is also up for song of the year a songwriter's award battling Bieber's Love Yourself, co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner's I Took a Pill In Ibiza, as well as BeyoncÈ and Adele's songs.

BeyoncÈ's nine nominations include best rock performance (Don't Hurt Yourself with Jack White), pop solo performance (Hold Up), rap/sung performance (Freedom with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album (Lemonade).

Adele, who has five nominations, is up for best pop vocal album (25) and pop solo performance (Hello). The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017.

David Bowie, who died from cancer in January, earned four nominations for his final album Blackstar, including best rock performance, rock song, alternative music album and engineered album, non-classical.

About 13,000 Recording Academy members voted in the 84 Grammy categories from 22,000 submissions. Songs and albums released from October 1, 2015 through September 30 were eligible for nomination.

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