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Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Drake lead the 2017 Grammy nominations

Photo:  Theo Wargo/Getty Images
Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Lest you thought her reign would be curtailed, Beyoncé collected the most Grammy nominations when the honors were announced this morning. She scored nine nods with selections from Lemonade showing up across the pop, rock, and rap sections, and ended up vying for the trifecta of top prizes: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year. There, she’ll be facing off against Adele whose 25 has finally become eligible after being released late in 2015. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West all came away with eight nominations, although none of West’s music appears in the big three categories. Justin Bieber, meanwhile, did well for himself as track “Love Yourself” is competing for Song Of The Year and Purpose garnered him Album Of The Year recognition.


Surprisingly, David Bowie was not represented posthumously in Album Of The Year for Blackstar, though his final work did receive support in the likes of Best Alternative Music Album. You can see a selection of the nominees below, and peruse the rest of the list on The Grammys website. The show airs February 12 on CBS. Now go forth and learn who Best New Artist nominees The Chainsmokers are. Or don’t, it might save you the agony.

Record Of The Year

“Hello,” Adele

“Formation,” Beyoncé

“7 Years,” Lukas Graham

“Work,” Rihanna Featuring Drake

“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year

“Formation,” Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonce Knowles, and Michael L. Williams II

“Hello,” Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” Mike Posner

“Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin, and Ed Sheeran

“7 Years,” Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard, and Morten Ristorp

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak


25, Adele

Lemonade, Beyoncé

Purpose, Justin Bieber

Views, Drake

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Sturgill Simpson

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Hello,” Adele

“Hold Up,” Beyoncé

“Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber

“Piece By Piece (Idol Version),” Kelly Clarkson

“Dangerous Woman,” Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Closer,” The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

“7 Years,” Lukas Graham

“Work,” Rihanna featuring Drake

“Cheap Thrills,” Sia featuring Sean Paul

“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots

Best Pop Vocal Album

25, Adele

Purpose, Justin Bieber

Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande

Confident, Demi Lovato

This Is Acting, Sia

Best Music Video

“Formation,” Beyoncé

“River,” Leon Bridges

“Up & Up,” Coldplay

“Gosh,” Jamie XX

“Upside Down & Inside Out,” OK Go

Best Music Film

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Steve Aoki

The Beatles Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, The Beatles

Lemonade, Beyoncé

The Music Of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, Various Artists

Best Alternative Music Album

22, A Million, Bon Iver

Blackstar, David Bowie

The Hope Six Demolition Project, P.J. Harvey

Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop

A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead

Best Rock Album

California, Blink-182

Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage The Elephant

Magma, Gojira

Death Of A Bachelor, Panic! At The Disco

Weezer, Weezer

Best Rock Performance

“Joe (Live From Austin City Limits),” Alabama Shakes

“Don’t Hurt Yourself,” Beyoncé featuring Jack White

“Blackstar,” David Bowie

“The Sound Of Silence (Live On Conan),” Disturbed

“Heathens,” Twenty One Pilots

Best Rock Song

“Blackstar,” David Bowie

“Burn The Witch,” Radiohead

“Hardwired,” James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

“Heathens,” Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)

“My Name Is Human,” Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens (Highly Suspect)

Best R&B Performance

“Turnin’ Me Up,” BJ The Chicago Kid

“Permission,” Ro James

“I Do,” Musiq Soulchild

“Needed Me,” Rihanna

“Cranes In The Sky,” Solange

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade, Beyoncé

Ology, Gallant

We Are King, KING

Malibu , Anderson .Paak

Anti, Rihanna

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skin, Flume

Electronica 1: The Time Machine, Jean-Michel Jarre

Epoch, Tycho

Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, Underworld

Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII, Louie Vega

Best Dance Recording

“Tearing Me Up,” Bob Moses

“Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

“Never Be Like You,” Flume featuring Kai

“Rinse & Repeat,” Riton featuring Kah-Lo

“Drinkee,” Sofi Tukker

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox, Carol Burnett


M Train, Patti Smith

Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia), (Various Artists)


Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Elvis Costello

Best Rap Performance

“No Problem,” Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Panda,” Desiigner

“Pop Style,” Drake Featuring The Throne

“All The Way Up,” Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared

“That Part,” ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap Album

Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper

And The Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul

Major Key, DJ Khaled

Views, Drake

Blank Face LP, ScHoolboy Q

The Life Of Pablo, Kanye West

Best Rap Song

“All The Way Up,” Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie and Marcello Valenzano (Fat Joe & Remy Ma reaturing French Montana & Infared)


“Famous,” Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West and Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)

“Hotline Bling,” Aubrey Graham and Paul Jefferies (Drake)

“No Problem,” Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter and Tauheed Epps (Chance The Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)


“Ultralight Beam,” Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West and Cydel Young (Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and The-Dream)

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Freedom,” Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Hotline Bling,” Drake

“Broccoli,” D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty

“Ultralight Beam,” Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and The-Dream


“Famous,” Kanye West featuring Rihanna

Best Country Solo Performance

“Love Can Go To Hell,” Brandy Clark

“Vice,” Miranda Lambert

“My Church,” Maren Morris

“Church Bells,” Carrie Underwood

“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Different For Girls,” Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

“21 Summer,” Brothers Osborne

“Setting The World On Fire,” Kenny Chesney and P!nk

“Jolene,” Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton

“Think Of You,” Chris Young with Cassadee Pope

Best Country Album

Big Day In A Small Town, Brandy Clark

Full Circle, Loretta Lynn

Hero, Maren Morris

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Sturgill Simpson

Ripcord, Keith Urban