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Grammy nominations 2017: Beyoncé dominates with 9 nods for Lemonade

Other top nominees include Kanye West, Drake, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Adele.

Beyonce performs onstage on October 15, 2016 in New York City.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade garnered the artist nine Grammy nominations, the most of anyone.
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Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

The 2017 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 12, with the Recording Academy giving out trophies in 84 categories. Most of these categories are divided by genre (rock, country, rap, etc.), but four of them — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — are open to music from every genre.

Beyoncé leads the nominations with nine nods for her monumental hit Lemonade; it’s nominated in the Album, Record, and Song of the Year categories, with the latter two nominations for “Formation.”

The only other artist to land nominations in all three of those top categories is Adele, nominated for her album 25 and its hit “Hello.” Despite that achievement, Adele managed only two other nominations across the field, for a total of five.

Following Beyoncé with the highest number of total nominations are Kanye West, Drake, and Rihanna, all of whom have eight.

The Grammys’ most prestigious category is Album of the Year. Along with Adele and Beyoncé, this year’s race features Drake, Justin Bieber, and alt-country artist Sturgill Simpson.

Other notable nominations include five for David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar; two for comedian Amy Schumer (Comedy Album and Spoken-Word Album for the audio version of her book); and two separate nominations for the score from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

The nominees in 25 top categories follow. Visit the Grammys’ website to see the nominees in every category, including the highly coveted “Best Album Notes” category.

The top four categories

Beyonce in “Lemonade.”

Album of the Year

(This award is given to an entire album and all of its songs.)

  • 25, Adele
  • Lemonade, Beyoncé
  • Purpose, Justin Bieber
  • Views, Drake
  • A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson

Record of the Year

(This award goes to the overall production of a single song and is awarded to the artist who records it.)

  • "Hello," Adele
  • "Formation," Beyoncé
  • "7 Years," Lukas Graham
  • "Work," Rihanna, featuring Drake
  • "Stressed Out," Twenty One Pilots

Song of the Year

(This award goes to the songwriters of a song.)

  • "Formation," Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (performed by Beyoncé)
  • "Hello," Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (performed by Adele)
  • "I Took a Pill In Ibiza," Mike Posner, songwriter (performed by Mike Posner)
  • "Love Yourself," Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (performed by Justin Bieber)
  • "7 Years," Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (performed by Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist

(This award is given to artists who have had their breakthrough recording in the past Grammy year — not artists who made their first recording in that time.)

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Pop categories

Adele’s album 25 earned her four nominations.
Columbia Records

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • 25, Adele
  • Purpose, Justin Bieber
  • Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande
  • Confident, Demi Lovato
  • This Is Acting, Sia

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 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

Urban, rap, and R&B categories

Rihanna's 8th Album Artwork Reveal
Rihanna scored an Urban Contemporary Album nomination for Anti.
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Lemonade, Beyoncé
  • Ology, Gallant
  • We Are King, King
  • Malibu, Anderson .Paak
  • Anti, Rihanna

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 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/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 & The-Dream
  • “Famous,” Kanye West, featuring Rihanna

Best R&B Album

  • In My Mind, BJ the Chicago Kid
  • Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
  • Velvet Portraits, Terrace Martin
  • Healing Season, Mint Condition
  • Smoove Jones, Mya

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

Rock and alternative categories

David Bowie In Concert
David Bowie, pictured here in 2003, received several nominations for his final album, Blackstar.
Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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 Alternative Music Album

  • 22, a Million, Bon Iver
  • Blackstar, David Bowie
  • The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey
  • Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop
  • A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead

Country categories

2015 Boston Calling Music Festival - Day 2
Sturgill Simpson was nominated for Best Country Album.
Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

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

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “Different For Girls,” Dierks Bentley, featuring Elle King
  • “21 Summer,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Setting the World On Fire,” Kenny Chesney & P!nk
  • “Jolene,” Pentatonix, featuring Dolly Parton
  • “Think of You,” Chris Young with Cassadee Pope

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 Americana Album

  • True Sadness, The Avett Brothers
  • This Is Where I Live, William Bell
  • The Cedar Creek Sessions, Kris Kristofferson
  • The Bird & the Rifle, Lori McKenna
  • Kid Sister, The Time Jumpers

Odds and ends

Stranger Things
Did you like the Netflix series Stranger Things? So did the Recording Academy.

Best Musical Theater Album

  • Bright Star
  • The Color Purple (Revival cast)
  • Fiddler On the Roof (Revival cast)
  • Kinky Boots (London cast)
  • Waitress

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman, composer
  • Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone, composer
  • The Revenant, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams, composer
  • Stranger Things Volume 1, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
  • Stranger Things Volume 2, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

Best Comedy Album

  • … America … Great …, David Cross
  • American Myth, Margaret Cho
  • Boyish Girl Interrupted, Tig Notaro
  • Live at the Apollo, Amy Schumer
  • Talking For Clapping, Patton Oswalt

Best Spoken-Word Album

  • 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 Music Video

  • "Formation," Beyoncé
  • "River," Leon Bridges
  • "Up & Up," Coldplay
  • "Gosh," Jamie xx
  • "Upside Down & Inside Out," OK Go

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