Beyoncé takes leads in the 2017 Grammy nominations announced on Tuesday with nine nominations on the heels of her hit “Lemonade” album, while Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West are close behind with eight nods each.
"Lemonade" for album of the year is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé, released on April 23, 2016. Beyoncé landed song and record of the year nods for “Formation,” which gained fame after her epic Super Bowl performance this year.
Against Beyoncé in all three categories is British pop sensation Adele, whose "25" is the best-selling album of 2016, the global hit “Hello.”
The American singers, Beyoncé vs. Adele will certainly be the big story, Drake also joins them in the album of the year category with “Views.”
Drake also swept up nominations for rap performance for “Hotline Bling,” and for his collaboration with Rihanna on “Work,” which is nominated for record of the year and pop duo/group performance.
Rihanna got a nod for urban contemporary album for “Anti,” and for lending vocals to Kanye West’s controversial ‘Famous’, nominated for best rap song and rap/sung performance.
Rounding out the album of the year category is a newly reenergized Justin Bieber with “Purpose,” along with Americana star Sturgill Simpson’s much-acclaimed “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” The Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 12, and are hosted by James Corden.