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Adele, Beyonce lead Grammy noms – Diva duel at the 59th annual Grammy Awards

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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, singer Adele arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Adele releases her new album, "25," on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, singer Adele arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Adele releases her new album, “25,” on Friday, Nov. 20. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): It will be a diva duel at the 59th annual Grammy Awards: Hip-hop queen Beyonce is headed for a face-off with British pop superstar Adele in three of the four top categories.

Meghan Trainor, the 2016 best new artist recipient, announced nominations in the four so-called general field slots on Tuesday “CBS This Morning.” The remaining categories will be announced later at 8:45am. Variety will have a complete list of all 2017 nominees at the time.

Beyonce’s widely praised million-selling collection “Lemonade” is pitted against Adele’s 10 million-seller “25” in the Album of the Year category. Beyonce’s politically-edged hit “Formation” (written by Beyonce, Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan and Michael L. Williams II) and Adele’s ubiquitous single “Hello” (penned by Adele and Greg Kurstin) will compete for honors as Song of the Year, a writer’s award, and Record of the Year, awarded to artist, producers, engineers and mixers.

Filling out the Album of the Year slot are pop singer Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” Canadian rapper Drake’s “Views,” and alternative country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”

Also up for Record of the Year are Danish pop quartet Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” R&B singer Rihanna’s “Work” (a collaboration with Drake) and Ohio pop twosome Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.”

Other Song of the Year nominees include pop singer Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (written by Bieber, Benjamin Levin and Ed Sheeran), and Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” (penned by Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard and Morten Ristorp).

Competing for the Best New Artist crown are country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini, DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, country singer-songwriter Maren Morris and Southern California rapper Anderson .Paak.

The year’s dueling divas are no strangers to Recording Academy voters. With a track record dating back to her days as a member of the R&B act Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has reaped 20 Grammy wins, but only one of them has been in a so-called “big four” general-field category – she took Song of the Year honors in 2009 as co-writer of her hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” She has otherwise prevailed in rap and R&B slots.

A 10-time winner, Adele is a rarity among Grammy winners, for she has found success in all four of the major categories: Named Best New Artist in 2009, she took home Album, Record and Song of the Year laurels in 2012 for her sophomore album “21” and its hit single “Rolling in the Deep.” “25” is her second consecutive album to go ten-times-platinum, a sales achievement without equal

A potential spoiler in the big fields could be Drake, an oft-nominated star with just one Grammy win to date, for best rap album “Take Care” in 2013.

But, in the run-up to today’s nominations, most Grammy-savvy pundits have viewed 2017’s competition for the major awards as a two-horse race, between a hip-hop veteran long denied triumph in the most prestigious categories and the young Brit superstar who has pulled off almost unimaginable commercial feats in the space of just five years.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb 12, 2017, at 8 pm ET/PT. James Corden will serve as the show’s host, which will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

General Field

* Record of the Year: “Hello”— Adele; “Formation” — Beyoncé; “7 Years” — Lukas Graham; “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake; “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

* Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele; Lemonade — Beyoncé; Purpose — Justin Bieber; Views — Drake; A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson.

* Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé); “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele); “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner); “Love Yourself” —Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber); “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham).

* Best New Artist: Kelsea Ballerini; The Chainsmokers; Chance The Rapper; Maren Morris; Anderson .Paak.

Pop Field

* Best Pop Solo Performance: “Hello” — Adele; “Hold Up” — Beyoncé; “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber; “Piece By Piece” (Idol Version) — Kelly Clarkson; “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande.

* Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Closer” —  The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey; “7 Years” — Lukas Graham; “Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake; “Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul; “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots.

* Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Cinema — Andrea Bocelli; Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan; Stages Live — Josh Groban; Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson; Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

* Best Pop Vocal Album: 25 — Adele; Purpose  — Justin Bieber; Dangerous Woman  — Ariana Grande; Confident — Demi Lovato; This Is Acting — Sia.

Dance/Electronic Music Field

* Best Dance Recording: “Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses; “Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya; “Never Be Like You” — Flume Featuring Kai; “Rinse & Repeat” — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo; “Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker.

* Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skin — Flume; Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre; Epoch — Tycho; Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld; Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega.

Contemporary Instrumental Field

* Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Human Nature — Herb Alpert; When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell; Way Back Home Live From Rochester, NY — Steve Gadd Band; Unspoken — Chuck Loeb; Culcha Vulcha — Snarky Puppy.

Rock Field:

* Best Rock Performance: “Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes; “Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White; “Blackstar” — David Bowie; “The Sound Of Silence” (Live On Conan) — Disturbed; “Heathens” —  Twenty One Pilots.

* Best Metal Performance: “Shock Me” —  Baroness; “Silvera” — Gojira; “Rotting In Vain” — Korn; “Dystopia” — Megadeth; “The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

* Best Rock Song: “Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie); “Burn The Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead); “Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica); “Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots); “My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect).

* Best Rock Album: California —  Blink-182; Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant; Magma —  Gojira; Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco; Weezer — Weezer.

Alternative Field

* Best Alternative Music Album: 22, A Million — Bon Iver; Blackstar — David Bowie; The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey; Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop; A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead.

R&B Field

* Best R&B Performance: “Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid; “Permission” — Ro James; “I Do” — Musiq Soulchild; “Needed Me” — Rihanna; “Cranes In The Sky” — Solange

* Best Traditional R&B Performance: “The Three Of Me” — William Bell; “Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid; “Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia; “Angel” — Lalah Hathaway; “Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

* Best R&B Song: “Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake); “Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller); “Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna); “Lake By The Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell); “Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez).

* Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lemonade — Beyoncé; Ology — Gallant; We Are King — KING; Malibu — Anderson .Paak; Anti — Rihanna.

* Best R&B Album: In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid; Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway; Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin; Healing Season — Mint Condition; Smoove Jones — Mya.

Rap Field

* Best Rap/Sung Performance: “Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar; “Hotline Bling” — Drake; “Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty; “Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream; “Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna.


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