Battle of the divas
T wo of pop music’s biggest stars are set to make the 2017 Grammy Awards the battle of the divas. US superstar Beyonce is the most nominated artist at this year’s awards, with nods in nine categories, while British powerhouse Adele is nominated for five gongs. The two most powerful women in pop will go head to head in three of the most prestigious categories — Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. The keenest competition could come in Album of the Year, which Adele won in 2012 with her album 21, but remains an award that Queen Bey is yet to win. Beyonce, who last week announced she is pregnant with twins, is nominated for her landmark visual concept album Lemonade, which earned rave reviews from critics and cemented her place as one of the great innovators of recent years. Adele is nominated for her hugely successful album 25 — which only just missed being eligible for last year’s Grammys and was the best-selling album last year and in 2015. It’s not known if Beyonce will perform at this year’s Grammys but organisers have confirmed Adele will sing. The Brit will be hoping for better luck than her performance at last year’s show, which was marred by some technical problems.
Beyonce will also be well placed to become the woman with the most number of Grammy Awards, building on the 20 she’s already won. She’ll be a chance to overtake Alison Krauss’s record of 27.
Another diva in the mix will be Rihanna, has scored a healthy eight nominations.
Australians will also have plenty to cheer for on the night, with several performers from Down Under nominated.
Leading the charge will be our very own pop diva Sia, whose This Is Acting is up for Best Pop Vocal Album alongside Adele, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber. The Adelaide singer-songwriter is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Duet for her song Cheap Thrills.
Fresh from winning Triple J’s Hottest 100 a fortnight ago, Sydney DJ/producer Flume is a chance for Best Dance Recording for his single Never Be Like You — the song has been a major hit in the US — while his album Skin is up for Best Dance/Electronic album.
Country superstar Keith Urban could pick up an award from one of his three nominations — including Best Country Album for Ripcord.
Politics could also feature prominently at this year’s Grammys, with some leading performers and nominees, rumoured to be boycotting the awards.
Drake (eight nominations), Kanye West (eight) and Justin Bieber (four) are all set to miss the show, while Frank Ocean went as far as removing his album Blonde from Grammy eligibility.
West, Drake and Ocean are reportedly upset the Grammys don’t support young black artists and want to take a stand.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” Ocean told the New York Times.
“It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from and hold down what I hold down. I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.”
Bieber is understood to be raising his own questions over the relevance of the awards. It’s also expected the ceremony will provide a platform for another group of celebrities to express their disapproval of new US President Donald Trump. It will be up to British host and comedian James Corden to keep the show moving and the politics to a minimum through a ceremony scheduled to run for just over 3 and a half hours.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be shown on Fox8 on Monday, February 13, at 12pm.
Beyonce is expected to bring her usual glamour to the awards, while (left) Brit star Adele will perform.