LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé has propelled herself into the top rung of the Grammy Awards: The star singer earned nine nominations Tuesday, tying her, with husband Jay-Z, for the most-nominated musical act. in the history of the awards ceremony. .
Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” is heard Record and Song of the Year nominations, while “Renaissance,” which ventured into the world of dancehall music, earned an album of the year nomination. With Jay-Z also earning five nominations this year, each spouse now holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with 88 each.
Kendrick Lamar was left with the second most number of nominations, with eight. Adele and Brandi Carlile received seven nominations. Harry Styles, Mary J. Blige, Future, DJ Khaled, The-Dream and mastering engineer Randy Merrill each took six.
Nearly half of this year’s top nominees, announced by Olivia Rodrigo, John Legend, Machine Gun Kelly and Smokey Robinson, are women and more than half are people of color, according to the recording academy. The ceremony will take place on February 5 in Los Angeles.
“This makes me very proud, but it makes me aware of the fact that we have to keep up the work that we’ve done,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. He said there has been progress on the peer-driven voting system and an increase in membership, but he still believes more progress can be made.
“This year, I am satisfied with the result and the work that the voters did,” he continued. “We have almost 13,000 voters now. It’s really important work. I am pleased to think that you spent your time listening to the music and evaluating. I think you see the kind of nominations that don’t just go to popular music or music that gets a lot of streams. It’s just high-quality music.”
The academy added a special song for social change and five new categories, including songwriter of the yearwhich Harvey says will help further diversify the 65th Annual Awards.
The non-classical composers category will recognize an individual who was the “most prolific” composer who did not perform and produce for a new body of work during one eligibility year. It will have a different focus than Song of the Year, which honors songwriters who wrote the lyrics or melodies for a song.
Harvey said that implementing the songwriter category is a “significant” step for the music industry. Last year, an update to the rule allowed any featured songwriter, producer, engineer or artist on a work nominated for album of the year to ultimately win a nomination.
“The academy and the voters are placing great importance on the art of songwriting,” Harvey said of the new category, in which nominees include The-Dream, Amy Allen, Nija Charles, Tobias Jesso Jr. and Laura Veltz. “Personally, as a songwriter, I’m happy to see that it’s an important part of our process. We realize that songwriting is at the heart of our industry. It is one of the pillars of the career of every artist”.
Harvey said his priority is earning the trust of the music community, including The Weeknd and Drake, who are still unwilling to submit their music. Drake declined to submit his “Honestly Nevermind” album for the awards, but the Canadian rapper still received four nominations, including album of the year for his co-writing efforts on Beyoncé’s “Rebirth.”
“Anything that has been analyzed and discussed in the past, we will continue to analyze and improve it,” Harvey said. “As we do that work, our hope is that all artists feel comfortable and confident with the work that the academy does.”
Beyoncé, the most decorated woman in Grammy history with 28 wins, could break the late British-Hungarian director Georg Solti’s record for most awards won if she wins four awards. Solti, who has 31 Grammy Awards, has held the record since 1997.
For the first time in Beyoncé’s lauded career, she was nominated in the dance category. Her seventh studio project is nominated for best electronic dance music album and “Break My Soul” is nominated for best electronic dance music recording. Other nominations include Best R&B Song for “Cuff It”, R&B Performance for “Virgo’s Groove”, Traditional R&B Performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa” and Song Written for Visual Media for “Be Alive,” the Oscar-nominated song. from the series “King Richard’s Soundtrack.
Other nominees for album of the year include: Adele’s “30,” ABBA’s “Voyage,” Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” Mary J. Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous” (Deluxe), “In These Silent Days” by Carlile, “In These Silent Days” by Coldplay Music of the Spheres”, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”, “Special” by Lizzo and “Harry’s House” by Styles. Bad Bunny made history, with his album becoming the first one sung entirely in Spanish to compete in the category.
Tracks competing with “Break My Soul” for record of the year include Styles’ “As It Was,” Doja Cat’s “Woman,” Adele’s “Easy On Me,” ABBA’s “Don’t Shut Me Down,” “Good Morning Gorgeous” by Blige. ”, Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit”, Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5”, Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” and Carlile’s “You and Me On the Rock” with Lucius.
Three of Jay-Z’s nominations came via DJ Khaled’s “God Did,” a song featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Fridayy. The song is nominated for best rap performance and rap song along with song of the year, which also has Jay-Z nominated for his writing efforts on Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.” The rapper also received an album of the year nomination for his work on his wife’s “Renaissance” album.
Young Thug and Gunna received nominations despite currently being locked up in a criminal case of extortion. The rappers are nominated for best rap song and rap performance through Gunna’s “pushin P,” featuring Thug and Future.
Christina Aguilera’s return to Latin music with her self-titled album earned her two nominations for Best Latin Pop Album and Best Immersive Audio Album. Among the 10 nominees for best new artist are Muni Long, Latto and Eurovision winner Maneskin.