Friday, December 9, 2016


If the Oscars are for movies, then that’s what the Grammys are for music. Despite some criticisms, first that the merits of this award leaned more towards commercial success than true artistic content, and second that it had a horrible tendency to snub so many other musical pieces and performers in the field that fans and outside experts felt were worthy of even a nomination, getting a Grammy of one’s own still holds a tangible amount of honor and pride in it. So it’s still something of a tense wait for everybody when the nominations for the next awards ceremony.

But wonder no more. TIME reports that The Recording Academy has finally released the list of nominees across the 84 categories of the 59 th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held the following year at February 12, 2017. The nominations were revealed after several months of speculation both within the Academy and without on the who’s who and what’s what that’ll be included in the running.

Several things about the awards night have been mentioned, that it would be held in Los Angeles, that James Corden of the Late Late Show is presenting, and that Beyoncé – who’s got several 2017 nominations to her name as expected – will be one of the show-stopping performers on that grand evening.

The nominee lists were posted online at the official Grammy website December 6; but a few hours before that, the nominations for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year, were read out by Meghan Trainor, Best New Artist of the previous 58 th Grammys just early this year, at CBS This Morning. She followed up her solemn enough assignment with a lighthearted anecdote regarding how she keeps her recently-won Grammy at her bedside.

Here’s a sampling of nominees for the big-guns categories for your perusal. They are: Record of the Year (“Hello” by Adele, “Formation” by Beyoncé, “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, “Work” by Rihanna w/ Drake, & “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots); Song of the Year (“Formation” by Beyoncé, “Hello” by Adele, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner, “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, & “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber); Best New Artist (Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, Anderson.Paak, & The Chainsmokers); and Album of the Year (“25” by Adele, “Lemonade” by Beyoncé, “Views” Drake, “Purpose” by Justin Bieber, & “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” by Sturgill Simpson).

Visit the Grammy website for a full 84-category listing of 2017 nominees at

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