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Irish Independent
Irish Independent
By Jonathan Landrum Jr, Associated Press

Beyonce ties Grammy record after leading nominations with nine


Beyonce has propelled herself into the highest Grammy echelon: The star singer claimed a leading nine nominations, making her tied — with her husband Jay-Z — as the most nominated music act in the history of the awards show.

Beyonce’s Break My Soul reeled in record and song of the year nominations, while Renaissance — which ventured into the world of dancehall music — netted an album of the year nod.

With Jay-Z also earning five nods this year, each spouse now holds the record for the most-ever Grammy nominations at 88 apiece.

Jay-Z and Beyonce pose for photographers (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Kendrick Lamar came away with the second-most nominations, with eight. Adele and Brandi Carlile both received seven nods. Harry Styles, Mary J Blige, Future, DJ Khaled, The-Dream and mastering engineer Randy Merrill each picked up six.

Nearly half of this year’s leading nominees — announced by the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, John Legend, Machine Gun Kelly and Smokey Robinson — are women and more than half are people of colour, according to the recording academy.

The ceremony will be held on February 5 in Los Angeles.

“This makes me feel very proud, but it makes me conscious of the fact that we have to maintain the work we have done,” said Harvey Mason Jr, the Recording Academy’s CEO.

He said there have been strides in the peer-driven voting system and increased membership, but he still believes more progress can be made.

“This year, I’m pleased with the result and work the voters did,” he continued.

“We have almost 13,000 voters now. It’s really important work. I’m pleased to think they spent the time listening to the music and evaluating.

“I think you see by the type of nominations that they are not only going for just popular music or music that has a lot of streams. It’s just music of high quality.”

The academy added a special song for social change and five new categories including songwriter of the year, which Mr Harvey says will further help diversify the 65th edition of the annual awards.

The non-classical songwriter category will recognise one individual who was the “most prolific” non-performing and non-producing songwriter for a body of new work during an eligibility year.

It will take a different approach than song of the year, which awards the songwriters who wrote the lyrics or melodies to one song.

Mr Harvey said implementing the songwriters category is a “significant” step forward for the music industry. Last year, a rule update allowed that any songwriter, producer, engineer or featured artist on a work nominated for album of the year could ultimately earn a nomination.

Beyonce, the most decorated woman in Grammy history with 28 wins, could break the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti’s record for most awards won if she wins four awards.

Solti, who has 31 Grammys, has held on to the record since 1997.

For the first time in Beyonce’s lauded career, she will be nominated in the dance category. Her seventh studio project Renaissance is up for best dance-electronic music album and Break My Soul is nominated for best dance-electronic recording.

Other nominations include best R&B song for Cuff It, R&B performance for Virgo’s Groove, traditional R&B performance for Plastic Off The Sofa and song written for visual media for Be Alive, the Oscar-nominated song from the King Richard soundtrack.

Three of Jay-Z’s nominations came through DJ Khaled’s God Did, a song featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Fridayy.

The track is up for best rap performance and rap song along with song of the year, which also has Jay-Z nominated for his writing efforts on Beyonce’s Break My Soul.

The rapper also received a nod for album of the year for his work on his wife’s Renaissance album.

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