Queen Bey set to rule Grammys
Female artists are in line to dominate today's Grammy Awards.
The event, bumped from January due to the pandemic, will be another COVID-19-safe awards show.
It will be held over five stages in Los Angeles, four for host Trevor Noah and presenters, one for performers including Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Chris Martin, Post Malone, Haim, Post Malone, Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, Bad Bunny, Roddy Rich and BTS.
Beyonce leads with nine nominations, for her Black Lives Matter inspired single Black Parade and her visual album Black is King. She now becomes the most nominated female in Grammy history, however the awards failed to give her classic 2017 album Lemonade any major gongs.
Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa have six nominations each.
Swift's lockdown album Folklore is tipped to resonate with Grammy voters due to its links to alternative acts The National and Bon Iver.
If she wins Album of the Year she will be the first female to win that Grammy three times and only the fourth artist ever, following Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
British singer Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia, released last year at the start of the pandemic, is another contender after dominating charts.
For the first time in Grammy history all the nominees for Best Rock Performance are females (Brittany Howard, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers Grace Potter, Haim and Big Thief fronted by Adrianne Lenker) as are all the nominees for Best Country Album - Ingrid Andress, Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Little Big Town (with two female members).
Australian artists Flume and Tame Impala could potentially win, with Flume up for Best Dance Recording for The Difference and Tame Impala's Lost in Yesterday up for Best Rock Song and their album The Slow Rush up for Best Alternative Music Album.
Hillsong's All Of My Best Friends is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
These Grammy nominations caused controversy with Canadian artist the Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, snubbed for his global No. 1 hit Blinding Lights and album After Hours.
Tesfaye called the Grammy's "corrupt" and said the organisation "owe me, my fans and the industry transparency."
This year's nominations also made news when Justin Bieber complained his four nominations for his record Changes were in pop, not R & B categories, leading to him being called ungrateful online.
"I set out to make an R & B album," Bieber wrote. "It is not being acknowledged as an R & B album, which is very strange to me."
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chilombo - Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas - Black Pumas
Everyday Life - Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 - Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III - Haim
Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding - Post Malone
Folklore - Taylor Swift
SONG OF THE YEAR
Black Parade - Beyoncé
The Box - Roddy Ricch
Cardigan - Taylor Swift
Circles - Post Malone
Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
I Can't Breathe - H.E.R.
If the World Was Ending - JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
BEST NEW ARTIST
Megan Thee Stallion
The Grammys are broadcast from 11am today on Channel 10.
Originally published as Queen Bey set to rule Grammys