NINE GRAMMY NOM­I­NA­TIONS FOR BEY­ONCÉ

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new york» Bey­oncé leads the 2017 Gram­mys with nine nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing bids for al­bum of the year with “Le­mon­ade,” and song and record of the year with “For­ma­tion.” The singer, who al­ready has 20 Gram­mys and is the most-nom­i­nated woman in Grammy his­tory, with 62 nods over the course of her ca­reer, is also the first artist to earn nom­i­na­tions in the pop, rock, R&B and rap cat­e­gories in the same year.

Be­hind Bey­oncé are Drake, Ri­hanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nom­i­na­tions each.

Like Bey­oncé, Adele is also nom­i­nated for al­bum, record and song of the year. For al­bum of the year, “Le­mon­ade” and “25” — which has sold 10 mil­lion copies in a year — will com­pete against Drake’s mul­ti­hit “Views,” Justin Bieber’s re­demp­tion al­bum “Pur­pose” and sur­prise nom­i­nee “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” the third al­bum from re­spected and re­bel­lious coun­try singer Sturgill Simp­son.

Bey­oncé’s “For­ma­tion” and Adele’s “Hello” are up against Ri­hanna and Drake’s “Work,” twenty one pi­lots’ “Stressed Out” and Lukas Gra­ham’s “7 Years” for record of the year. “7 Years” is also up for song of the year — a song­writer’s award — bat­tling Bieber’s “Love Your­self,” co-writ­ten with Ed Sheeran, Mike Pos­ner’s “I Took a Pill In Ibiza,” as well as Bey­oncé and Adele’s songs.

Bey­oncé’s nine nom­i­na­tions in­clude best rock per­for­mance (“Don’t Hurt Your­self ” with Jack White), pop solo per­for­mance (“Hold Up”), rap/sung per­for­mance (“Free­dom” with Ken­drick La­mar) and ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum (“Le­mon­ade”).

“Artists are feel­ing em­bold­ened and coura­geous and just want­ing to step out of the pre­dictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Bey­oncé) is the poster child for that,” Record­ing Acad­emy CEO Neil Port­now said.

Adele, who has five nom­i­na­tions, is up for best pop vo­cal al­bum (“25”) and pop solo per­for­mance (“Hello”). The Gram­mys will be Feb. 12. David Bowie, who died from can­cer in Jan­uary, earned four nom­i­na­tions for his fi­nal al­bum “Black­star,” in­clud­ing best rock per­for­mance, rock song, al­ter­na­tive mu­sic al­bum and engi­neered al­bum, non-clas­si­cal.

This year the Record­ing Acad­emy al­lowed stream­ing-only record­ings — re­leased on paid-sub­scrip­tion plat­forms like Spo­tify, Ap­ple Mu­sic and Tidal but not for sale on iTunes — to be el­i­gi­ble for nom­i­na­tions, giv­ing Chance the Rap­per a fair chance. The break­out per­former scored seven nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing best new artist.

An­drew Harnik, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Bey­once leads all Grammy nom­i­nees with nine, in­clud­ing nods for al­bum and song and record of the year.

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