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Devin Di Dakta and JL get first Grammy nod, Beyonce earns nine nominations

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:56 AM
Top photo: Devin Di Dakta and J.L. (below) Beyonce.

While pop stars Beyonce and Adele have scored top Grammy nominations, dancehall/reggae artistes Devin Di Dakta and J.L. have been given their first nod for the honour award from The Recording Academy.

Devin Di Dakta who turned 21 yesterday says he is "excited and overjoyed" to wake up to the news of the nomination.

The collaboration EP Sly & Robbie Presents ... Reggae For Her features eight songs written by Devin and J.L. on the Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records label have been selected in the Best Reggae Album category of the 59th Grammy awards.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category are: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Ziggy Marley for Ziggy Marley on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label, Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.

Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's Lemonade.

The pop star is the leader of the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with Lemonade, and song and record of the year with Formation. The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.

Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each.

Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. For album of the year, Lemonade and 25 — which has sold 10 million copies in a year — will compete against Drake's multi-hit Views, Justin Bieber's redemption album Purpose and surprise nominee A Sailor's Guide to Earth, the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson.

Beyonce's Formation and Adele's Hello are up against Rihanna and Drake's Work, twenty one pilots' Stressed Out and Lukas Graham's 7 Years for record of the year. 7 Years is also up for song of the year — a songwriter's award — battling Bieber's "Love Yourself," co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill In Ibiza," as well as Beyonce and Adele's songs.

Beyonce's nine nominations include best rock performance (Don't Hurt Yourself with Jack White), pop solo performance (Hold Up), rap/sung performance (Freedom with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album (Lemonade). With 62 nominations over the years, Beyonce is the most-nominated women in Grammy history.

"Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Beyonce) is the poster child for that," Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Adele, who has five nominations, is up for best pop vocal album (25) and pop solo performance (Hello.) The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017.