Last night (early this morning in the Philippines), The Recording Academy has finally announced the list of nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards. The announcement was done virtually, as has been most events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was watched by millions across the globe.
The nominees were a mix of timeless acts and names who have long been in the industry and some newcomers who are stepping up and making a name for themselves. However, not everyone was pleased with the nominations—one of which is R&B artist The Weeknd who tweeted saying, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.” (Read: Meet Three Men Who Made Bold Moves to End Violence Against Women)
The tweet comes after The Weeknd was apparently snubbed from the awards and was not nominated for any category despite the success of his album, After Hours. Nonetheless, many music fans are still content with the list of nominees for next year’s awards show—especially because there are many game-changers who made it on the list.
BTS Makes Grammy History
One of the most celebrated nominations at the 2021 Grammys is for K-Pop group BTS, who is a nominee for “Best Pop/Duo Group Performance” for their all-English song, “Dynamite.” BTS is the first Korean act to be nominated in a major category at the Grammy awards. (Read: BTS’ New Single Racks up Billions, Boosts Economy Within 3 Weeks)
Technically, this isn’t the first time the Grammys nominated BTS or any of their work or recognized the group, as in 2019, their album Love Yourself: Tear was recognized for Best Recording Package. But the award would have gone to the art director, Husky Fox, not BTS themselves. The seven-piece boy group has also been able to perform at the Grammys stage together with Lil Nas X early this year.
Beyoncé Earns Nine Nominations
But even with the newcomers making waves in the scene, timeless acts and artists are still being recognized by The Recording Academy. In fact, Beyoncé—otherwise known as Queen B—is leading the list with nine nominations! This is an amazing feat especially for someone who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and still racking up awards left and right for her talent and creative genius. (Read: 3 Times Beyoncé Gave Voice to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement)
The singer, dancer, mom, vocal advocate for various causes, and former Destiny’s Child member has already been nominated 79 times (she is now the most nominated female artist of all time) and won 24 Grammys in her solo career. For 2021, Beyoncé is being recognized for Record of the Year (two nominations), Song of the Year, Best Music video, Best Music Film, and Best R&B Performance, among others.
Other Leading Artists
Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa, who earned six nominations each, also lead the list for the Grammy Awards. Harry Styles is also finally being acknowledged by the award-giving body for his solo album Fine Line, after his former group One Direction was continuously snubbed at the awards despite their phenomenal worldwide success.
You can view the full list of nominations here.