2021 Grammy Nominations: Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift Lead Pack

63rd annual awards ceremony will air on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31 as hosted by Trevor Noah

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Beyoncé leads all artists for the 2021 Grammy nominations, snagging nine nominations total, followed by Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift each earning six.

Beyoncé’s nine Grammy nominations, including for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Black Parade,” as well as another Record of the Year nomination she shared with Megan Thee Stallion for “Savage,” makes her the most nominated female artist of all time. Her 79 career Grammy nominations tie her Paul McCartney, and she trails only Jay-Z (who also received three nominations this year) and Quincy Jones, who each have 80 for the all-time record.

Brittany Howard, best known from Alabama Shakes but who went solo this year, had the next most with five nominations. And with four nominations a piece were John Beasley, Justin Bieber, DaBaby, Billie Eilish, David Frost and Megan Thee Stallion and Phoebe Bridgers, both of whom are first-time nominees and are nominated for Best New Artist.

The nominees in the Album of the Year category included Jhené Aiko’s “Chilombo,” the self-titled album from Black Pumas, Coldplay’s “Everyday Life,” Jacob Collier’s “Djesse Vol. 3,” Haim’s “Women In Music Pt. III,” Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia,” Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” and Taylor Swift’s “Folklore.”

In addition to Beyoncé’s two nods in the Record of the Year category for “Black Parade” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage”, also nominated were Black Pumas for “Colors,” DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch for “Rockstar,” Doja Cat’s “Say So,” Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Stop Now” and Post Malone’s “Circles.”

Among other highlights of the nominees, Beyoncé was for the first time nominated in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song categories, and she also scored a nod for Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” and Best Music Film for “Black Is King.” She currently has 24 Grammys, and if she wins at least four of her nine nominations this year, she will have more Grammy Awards than any female artist, and she can claim the title of most ever if she wins eight of her nine.

Taylor Swift’s six nods this year brings her total up to 41 career Grammy nominations, and she’s now the seventh most nominated female artist in Grammy history. But she can set another record: if her album “Folklore” wins Album of the Year, she’ll be the only female solo artist to win the category three times.

In the always fun Best Spoken Word Album category, Ken Jennings was nominated for his audio book “Alex Trebek – The Answer Is…,” as were Rachel Maddow for “Blowout,” Ronan Farrow for “Catch and Kill,” Meryl Streep for a reading of “Charlotte’s Web” and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea for his memoir “Acid for the Children.”

And two separate categories this year featured nominees that were entirely female performers or female-led groups, those being Best Rock Performance and Best Country Album.

Even with the coronavirus pandemic putting the touring industry on hold, the Academy received a record number of entries, 23,207 entries in all, for a single year.

Recording Academy chair and interim president and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. announced the Grammy nominations this morning alongside artists Pepe Aguilar, Yemi Alade, Nicola Benedetti, Lauren Daigle, Mickey Guyton, Imogen Heap, Dua Lipa, Sharon Osbourne and “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King.

“This has been a tough year for our industry but I have witnessed, day after day, the incredible resiliency of the music community,” Mason said in a statement. “This year’s nominated recordings are proof that the creative spirit continues to be alive and well, and our nominees are a testament to the passion and perseverance that our community embodies. I’m endlessly amazed that so many music creators continue to use their craft to tell important stories, providing a dynamic soundtrack that both directly impacts and reflects our culture. I truly believe in the power of music, and the 63rd Grammys will be an opportunity to help us unite, uplift and inspire.”

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah will host the 63rd Annual Grammys, which will air on CBS on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. Check out a list of the nominees in the major categories below, and visit grammy.com for a full list of Grammy nominees across all 30 fields and 83 categories.

Record Of The Year:

  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
  • “Colors” — Black Pumas
  • “Rockstar” — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
  • “Say So” — Doja Cat
  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
  • “Circles” — Post Malone
  • “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

Song Of The Year:

  • “Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • “The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
  • “Cardigan” — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Circles” — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
  • “I Can’t Breathe” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
  • “If The World Was Ending” — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)

Album Of The Year:

  • Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
  • Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) – Black Pumas
  • Everyday Life — Coldplay
  • Djesse Vol. 3 – Jacob Collier
  • Women In Music Pt. III – Haim
  • Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  • Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone
  • Folklore – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Chika
  • Noah Cyrus
  • D Smoke
  • Doja Cat
  • Kaytranada
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

  • “Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
  • “Intentions” — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
  • “Dynamite” — BTS
  • “Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
  • “Exile” — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album:

  • Changes – Justin Bieber
  • Chromatica — Lady Gaga
  • Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  • Fine Line – Harry Styles
  • Folklore  – Taylor Swift

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Kick I — Arca
  • Planet’s Mad — Baauer
  • Energy – Disclosure
  • Bubba — Kaytranada
  • Good Faith — Madeon

Best Rock Performance:

  • “Shameika” — Fiona Apple
  • “Not” — Big Thief
  • “Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers
  • “The Steps” — HAIM
  • “Stay High” — Brittany Howard
  • “Daylight” — Grace Potter

Best Progressive R&B Album:

  • Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
  • Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle
  • Free Nationals – Free Nationals
  • F*** Yo Feelings  – Robert Glasper
  • It Is What It Is – Thundercat

Best Rap Performance:

  • “Deep Reverence” — Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
  • “Bop” — DaBaby
  • “What’s Poppin” — Jack Harlow
  • “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby
  • “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
  • “Dior” — Pop Smoke

Best Country Album:

  • Lady Like — Ingrid Andress
  • Your Life Is A Record — Brandy Clark
  • Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
  • Nightfall — Little Big Town
  • Never Will – Ashley McBryde

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

  • Ona – Thana Alexa
  • Secrets Are The Best Stories — Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
  • Modern Ancestors — Carmen Lundy
  • Holy Room: Live At Alte Oper – Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • What’s The Hurry — Kenny Washington

Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album:

  • YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny
  • Por Primera Vez — Camilo
  • Mesa Para Dos — Kany García
  • Pausa — Ricky Martin
  • 3:33 — Debi Nova

Best Americana Album:

  • Old Flowers — Courtney Marie Andrews
  • Terms Of Surrender – Hiss Golden Messenger
  • World On The Ground – Sarah Jarosz
  • El Dorado — Marcus King
  • Good Souls Better Angels – Lucinda Williams

Best Contemporary Blues Album:

  • Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? — Fantastic Negrito
  • Live At The Paramount – Ruthie Foster Big Band
  • The Juice – G. Love
  • Blackbirds — Bettye LaVette
  • Up And Rolling – North Mississippi Allstars

Best Global Music Album:

  • FU Chronicles — Antibalas
  • Twice As Tall – Burna Boy
  • Agora – Bebel Gilberto
  • Love Letters — Anoushka Shankar
  • Amadjar – Tinariwen

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

  • Acid For The Children: A Memoir – Flea
  • Alex Trebek – The Answer Is… — Ken Jennings
  • Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth — Rachel Maddow
  • Catch And Kill — Ronan Farrow
  • Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) — Meryl Streep (& Full Cast)

Best Music Film:

  • Beastie Boys Story – Beastie Boys
  • Black Is King — Beyoncé
  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme
  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice — Linda Ronstadt
  • That Little Ol’ Band From Texas — ZZ Top

*Due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs for Best Immersive Audio Album will be announced next year in addition to (and separately from) the 64th GRAMMY nominations in the category.

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