Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” , her work with Megan Thee Stallion on the “Savage” remix, Black Is King film — propelled her into the top spot as the most nominated artist at the 2021 Grammys.
The superstar musician received nine nominations, making her record as the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with 79 nods over the course of her career. She is currently at part with with Paul McCartney as the second-most-nominated artist of all time, behind Jay-Z, who received three nominations this year, and Quincy Jones, who each have been nominated 80 times.
She has won 24 Grammys over the course of her career, if Beyoncé wins four of her nine nominations, she will become the most awarded female artist in Grammys history. If she wins eight of the nine, she will hold the record for most Grammy wins of all time.
Beyoncé released “Black Parade” on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. Lyrics conveys about returning to the “motherland” and reminds herself that she can’t forget about her history. All proceeds from the song go to BeyGOOD’s Black Business Impact Fund, which benefits Black-owned businesses in need. On June 19, Beyoncé unveiled a Black Parade digital platform, directing people to Black-owned businesses.
Beyoncé is up for best music film for her Disney+ summer release Black Is King and best music video for “Brown Skin Girl.” She also got three nominations with Megan Thee Stallion for “Savage.” Megan is also up for best new artist. Both “Black Parade” and “Savage” are up for record of the year.
Beyoncé’s record of the year nominations makes her total career nominations in that category to seven, tying her with Frank Sinatra for most record of the year nods in Grammys history.
The Grammys’ 2019 best new artist winner Dua Lipa got six nominations this year, including in the categories of record and song of the year for “Don’t Start Now” and album of the year for Future Nostalgia.
Lipa and Beyoncé are joined in the song of the year category by fellow six-time nominees Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift.
Ricch, who has the most Grammy nominations of any male artist this year, is up for song of the year for “The Box” and record of the year for “Rockstar” with DaBaby, and landed four additional rap nominations.
Swift’s song of the year nod is for “cardigan,” which she wrote with The National’s Aaron Dessner, off of her surprise summer album Folklore, which is also nominated for album of the year and pop vocal album, with “cardigan” up for best pop solo performance and “exile,” featuring Bon Iver, up for best pop duo/group performance. In addition, Swift earned a nod for best song written for visual media for her work with Andrew Lloyd Webber on “Beautiful Ghosts” for last year’s Cats movie musical. If Swift wins album of the year, she would be the only female solo artist to have won that top prize three times.
Brittany Howard scored five nominations, and several artists tied with Megan Thee Stallion four four nods apiece: John Beasley, Justin Bieber, Phoebe Bridgers, DaBaby, Billie Eilish and David Frost. Earlier this year, Eilish became the youngest artist to sweep the big four general field categories. She is nominated for best song written for visual media for “No Time to Die,” from the still-yet-to-be-released James Bond film of the same name, which has been postponed many times amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Although Biber earned four nominations, Justin took issue with Changes being nominated for pop vocal album, writing in a post on Instagram that while he’s “flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry,” Changes was meant to be an R&B album.
“I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album,” he wrote. “It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me. I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style all the way down to the hip hop drums that were chosen it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B Album! To be clear I absolutely love Pop music it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way.”