A Beyoncé song inspired by Black Lives Matter and a TaylorSwift album created in quarantine are among nominees for the top prizes at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Nominationswere announced Tuesday by the Recording Academy.
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé’s salute to Blackness, is up for record of the year and song of the year, while Swift’s introspective “Folklore” earned a nod for album of the year. “Cardigan,” a single from“Folklore” about a lover’s renewing touch, will go up against “Black Parade”— along with tunes by acts such as Roddy Ricch, Post Malone and Billie Eilish — for song of the year.
The academy’s latest anointment of Beyoncé (who scored nine nominations in total, more than any other artist) and Swift (who got six) signals something of an industry consensus on music’s biggest stars — even in a year as disruptive as 2020. Trevor Noah has been tapped to emcee next year’s ceremony, set to take place in an undetermined manner on Jan. 31 in downtown Los Angeles.
A list of nominees in some top categories:
♦ Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas;“Everyday
Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier;“Women In Music Pt. III,” HAIM;“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa; “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone; “Folklore,” Taylor Swift.
♦ Record of the year: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé; “Colors,” Black Pumas;“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch; “Say So,” Doja Cat; “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish;“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa; “Circles,” Post Malone; “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé.
♦ Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Black Parade,” Beyoncé, Jay-Z; “The Box,” Roddy Ricch and Samuel Gloade; “Cardigan,” Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner; “Circles,” Post Malone;“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish and Finneas; “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R.; “If theWorldWas Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe.
♦ Best new artist: Ingrid Andress; Phoebe Bridgers; Chika; Noah Cyrus; D Smoke; Doja Cat; Kaytranada; Megan Thee Stallion.