A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyonce leads with 9 nominations; Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa get 6 nods

Beyonce becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations.

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Beyonce is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each.
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NEW YORK: Beyonce is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star's anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations.

Beyonce 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. The song, which reached the Top 40 on the pop charts, is also nominated for best R&B song and best R&B performance.

Beyonce's ``Black Is King'' film that highlighted Black art, music, history and fashion is up for best music film while ``Brown Skin Girl,'' a song dedicated to dark- and brown-skinned women, is nominated for best music video. The singer also earned three nominations for her slick guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion's No. 1 hit ``Savage.''


A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyonce becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations.

Beyonce is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyonce's songs: He co-wrote ``Black Parade`` and ``Savage,`` thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song. Jay-Z has won 22 Grammys throughout this career.

Beyonce'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 completely shut out and earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album, multiple hit singles and winning the coveted Super Bowl halftime performance slot. Luke Combs, who dominated the country charts and set records on streaming services this year, was also surprisingly shut out of nominations.
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Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyonce as the second-most nominated acts.

Lipa, who won two Grammys last year, earned bids for album of the year with ``Future Nostalgia'' as well as song and record of the year for her hit ``Don't Start Now.'' Swift, whose last two albums didn't garner nominations for album of the year, is competing for the top prize with her surprise album ``folklore.'' If she wins, she would become the first artist to win album of the year three times.

Other album of the year nominees include: Post Malone's multi-hit ``Hollywood's Bleeding''; Coldplay's ``Everyday Life''; HAIM's sophomore release ``Women In Music Pt. III''; Jhene Aiko's atmospheric R&B project ``Chilombo''; English musician Jacob Collier's multi-genre release ``Djesse Vol. 3''; and the deluxe edition of Black Pumas' self-titled debut album.

Tracks competing with Beyonce's ``Black Parade'' and ``Savage'' for record of the year include DaBaby and Ricch's ``Rockstar,'' Malone's ``Circles,'' Lipa's ``Don't Start Now,'' Billie Eilish's ``Everything I Wanted,'' Black Pumas' ``Colors'' and Doja Cat's ``Say So.''
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``Black Parade,'' ``Don't Start Now,'' ``Everything I Wanted'' and ``Circles'' are also nominated for song of the year _ a songwriter's award _ along with Swift's ``cardigan,'' Ricch's ``The Box,'' JP Saxe and Julia Michaels' ``If the World Was Ending'' and H.E.R.'s ``I Can't Breathe,'' her protest anthem addressing police brutality.

Several songs that emerged following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor were nominated for Grammys, including Lil Baby's ``The Bigger Picture'' (best rap song, best rap performance), Anderson .Paak's ``Lockdown'' (best melodic rap performance, best music video), Mickey Guyton's ``Black Like Me'' (best country solo performance) as well as Beyonce's ``Black Parade.''
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``I think it's meaningful. I think it's reflective of what's gone on in our world,`` Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording's interim president and CEO, said of multiple protest songs earning nominations this year. ``Musicians and artists and writers and producers, they write about what's going on in their lives. We tend to be fairly emotional people. When there's things happening, it's going to come out in our music and our art.``

Megan Thee Stallion, who released her highly anticipated debut album last week after finding success with hit singles and mixtapes since 2018, scored four nominations including best new artist. She will compete with rapper-singer Doja Cat, pop singer Noah Cyrus, country singer Ingrid Andress, multi-genre DJ-producer Kaytranada, rappers Chika and D Smoke, and indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers, who earned four nominations and helped female acts dominate in the rock categories.

Nominees for best rock performance and best rock song include Bridgers, Fiona Apple, HAIM, Grace Potter, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Big Thief, led by Adrianne Lenker. Female performers also dominated in best country album, including Andress, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Ashley McBryde. The foursome Little Big Town, which features two female vocalists, round out the five nominees.

K-pop kings BTS earned their first-ever Grammy nomination after years of having success on the pop charts. They will compete for best pop duo/group performance with their No. 1 hit, ``Dynamite.''

Other first-time nominees include the Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Kiwanuka, Jay Electronica and Harry Styles, who became the first One Direction member to earn a Grammy nomination.

Several acts earned posthumous nominations, including John Prine (best American Roots performance, best American Roots song), Nipsey Hussle (best rap performance), Leonard Cohen (best folk album) Pop Smoke (best rap performance) and songwriter LaShawn Daniels (best gospel performance/song).

And A-list entertainers hoping to reach EGOT status are getting a chance to earn their Grammy Award, including Renee Zellweger, who is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album for ``Judy'' _ a performance that won her a second Academy Award _ while Meryl Streep is nominated for best spoken word album for ``Charlotte's Web.''

Kanye West, who has won 21 Grammys, only scored a single nomination this year _ for contemporary Christian music album for ``Jesus Is King.'' Others who were snubbed include country performers the Chicks and Morgan Wallen, R&B singers Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, Chris Brown and Brandy, and late rapper Juice WRLD.

Songs and albums released between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020 were eligible for nominations this year. Winners will be announced at the live show on Jan. 31.

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