Beyoncé Leads GRAMMY® Nominations with Nine; Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West Each Garner Eight

Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson Vie for
Album Of The Year at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards
® on
Feb. 12, 2017, Live on CBS

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Recording Academy® welcomes the class of nominees
for the 59th
Annual GRAMMY Awards
®
. Top nominees are Beyoncé (9),
Drake (8), Rihanna (8), Kanye West (8), and Chance
The Rapper
(7). Selected from nearly 22,000 submissions
across 84 categories, the nominations reflect the range of artistic
innovation that defined the year in music. As the only peer-selected
music award, the GRAMMY® is voted on by The Recording
Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and
creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters,
producers, mixers, and engineers.

“Just as we see emerging musicians experimenting, we’re also seeing
established artists resisting what’s expected of them and, instead,
embracing the creative freedom they’ve been afforded through their
success, blurring the lines between music’s mainstream and artistic
edge,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.

The dynamic range of this year’s nominees is exhibited across several
awards fields, including American Roots Music, R&B, Dance/Electronic
Music, and Rock, but it’s perhaps best showcased in the Album Of The
Year category, which represents a mix of genres—pop, R&B, rap, and
country. Looking at the recordings nominated for Album Of The Year, an
even greater degree of musical advancement and sonic experimentation is
revealed: the emotion-stirring vocals of Adele, who brings a
soulful depth to a collection of classically fine-tuned pop ballads; Beyoncé‘s
ability to paint a picture, layering poignant R&B vocals over a tapestry
of sounds that range from blues-rock to hip-hop; Justin Bieber‘s
growth as a songwriter and evolution as a pop powerhouse; Drake‘s
continued genre-bending, which now invites island influences to his
signature sound; and the definition-defying Sturgill Simpson who
made many of us re-explore the vast territories that country abides.

“Every submission we receive for GRAMMY consideration represents
intensely soul-baring, technically exacting creative work—no group
understands what each recording embodies better than Recording Academy
voters, who are professional music makers themselves,” said Bill
Freimuth, Recording Academy Senior Vice President of Awards.

Final-round GRAMMY ballots will be mailed Dec. 14 and are due Jan. 13,
2017. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday,
Feb. 12, 2017
, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast
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Television Network from 8:00-11:30 pm ET/5:00-8:30 pm PT.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30
Fields and 84 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com.
Congratulate nominees by following “Recording Academy / GRAMMYs” on Facebook,
Twitter,
and Instagram,
and use #GRAMMYs to join the conversation.

GENERAL FIELD
Album
Of The Year
:
25 — Adele
Lemonade —
Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views 
Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

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, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II,
songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin,
songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner,
songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin
Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” —
Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp,
songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:
Kelsea
Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson
.Paak

POP FIELD
Best
Pop Vocal Album
:
25 — Adele
Purpose
Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident
— Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
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

ROCK FIELD
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

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
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

R&B FIELD
Best
Urban Contemporary Album
:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology
— Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson
.Paak
AntiRihanna

RAP FIELD
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

COUNTRY FIELD
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

JAZZ FIELD
Best
Jazz Vocal Album
:
Sound Of Red — René Marie
Upward
Spiral
— Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
Take
Me To The Alley
— Gregory Porter
Harlem On My Mind
Catherine Russell
The Sting Variations — The Tierney Sutton
Band

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best
Gospel Album
:
Listen —Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill
This House
— Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live]
—Todd Dulaney
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate
[Live]
—William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Poets
& Saints
— All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal
Crowder
Be One — Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live]
Hillsong Young & Free
Love Remains — Hillary Scott & The
Scott Family

LATIN FIELD
Best
Latin Pop Album
:
Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy
Ilusión
— Gaby Moreno
Similares — Laura Pausini
Seguir
Latiendo
— Sanalejo
Buena Vida — Diego Torres

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD
Best
American Roots Performance
:
“Ain’t No Man” — The Avett
Brothers
“Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” — Blind Boys Of
Alabama
“Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
“House Of
Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
“Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
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

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD
Best
Song Written For Visual Media:

“Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
— Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin
Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel,
Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher
Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls
“Heathens”
— Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide
Squad

“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk &
Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking
Glass

“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore &
William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide
Squad

“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor
Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
“The
Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD
Best
Music Video
:
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“River”
— Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” — Coldplay
“Gosh” —
Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Producer
Of The Year
Non-Classical
:
Benny Blanco
Greg
Kurstin
Max Martin
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

About The Recording Academy:
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the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.
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MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: A
complete list of nominees is available at www.grammy.com.
The deadline to apply for press credentials to cover the 59th Annual
GRAMMY Awards has passed, and credential applications will no longer be
accepted.

Contacts

The Recording Academy
Neda Azarfar, 310.392.3777
neda.azarfar@grammy.com
or
Rogers
& Cowan
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