Richmond Times-Dispatch


- — Fromwire reports

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.

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