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Grammys 2021: Beyoncé leads with 9 nods, BTS earns the first for a K-pop band

Beyoncé dominated this year's Grammy nominations despite not releasing a new album, earning song and record of the year nods

This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King." The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Travis Matthews/Disney Plus via AP) (AP)

Beyoncé picked up song and record of the year bids with Black Parade. The song, which reached the Top 40 on the pop charts, is also nominated for best R&B song and best R&B performance. The pop star’s anthem about black pride scored multiple nominations, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. She also earned three nominations for her guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s No. 1 hit Savage.

A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. She is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each.

Beyoncé’s domination this year came as a surprise since the singer did not release a new album. Other surprises include pop star the Weeknd being completely shut out and earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album, multiple hit singles and winning the coveted Super Bowl halftime performance slot. Luke Combs, who dominated the country charts, was also surprisingly shut out of nominations. Instead, 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.

Other album of the year nominees include: Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding; Coldplay’s Everyday Life; HAIM’s Women In Music Pt. III; Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo; Jacob Collier’s Djesse Vol. 3; and Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album.

Tracks competing with Beyoncé’s Black Parade and Savage for record of the year include DaBaby and Ricch’s Rockstar, Malone’s Circles, Lipa’s Don’t Start Now, Billie Eilish’s Everything I Wanted, Black Pumas’ Colors and Doja Cat’s Say So.

Korea's BTS earned their first-ever Grammy nomination—the first for a K-pop band—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.

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). (AP)

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