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A ‘Black Parade’ Grammys - Beyoncé leads with nine nominations; second most nominated artiste in history

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:07 AM
Beyoncé
Beyoncé

NEW YORK (AP):

Beyoncé 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.

Beyoncé 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.

Beyoncé’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

SECOND MOST NOMINATED ACT

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

Beyoncé 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 Beyoncé’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.

Beyoncé’s domination this year came as a surprise since the singer did not release a new album.

Multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyoncé 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 will become the first artiste to win album of the year three times.

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