2021 Grammy Awards nominees announced with Beyonce leading with 9 nominations
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The nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards have officially been announced.
Chair and Interim Recording Academy President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. was joined by artists, including past Grammy winners and nominees, from remote locations across the country to announce this year’s nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards in several categories.
Mason kicked off the hourlong event announcing the nominees for non-classical best engineered album and non-classical producer of the year, which include Jack Antonoff, Dan Auerbach, Dave Cobb, Flying Lotus and Andrew Watt. Last year, Billie Eilish's brother Finneas O'Connell, who produces her music and co-writes her songs with her, won the honor.
Mason also announced nominees for best remixed recording, classical best engineered album and classical producer of the year.
Beyonce received the most 2021 Grammy Awards nominations thanks to 'Black Parade.' (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
He was then joined by celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Imogen Heap, Mickey Guyton, Lauren Daigle, Pepe Aguilar, Yemi Alade, Nicola Benedetti, Gayle King and Sharon Osbourne.
Beyoncé leads the Grammy Award nominations with nine nods, including the highly coveted categories of song and record of the year for “Black Parade.”
“Black Parade" was 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.
A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. She is tied with Paul McCartney, who earned a nomination this year for best boxed or special limited edition package.
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 would become the first artist to win album of the year three times.
K-pop kings BTS earned their first-ever Grammy nomination after years of having success on the pop charts. They will compete for best pop duo/group performance with their No. 1 hit, “Dynamite.”
Other first-time nominees include the Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Kiwanuka, Jay Electronica and Harry Styles, who became the first One Direction member to earn a Grammy nomination. He’s up for best pop vocal album with his second solo release “Fine Line,” best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar” and best music video for “Adore You.”
Several acts earned posthumous nominations, including John Prine (best American Roots performance, best American Roots song), Nipsey Hussle (best rap performance), Leonard Cohen (best folk album), Pop Smoke (best rap performance) and songwriter LaShawn Daniels (best gospel performance/song).
Earlier this year, Noah competed for his first Grammy Award. The 36-year-old Emmy winner was nominated for best comedy album with “Son of Patricia," but lost to Dave Chappelle.