2017 Grammy nominations: Adele, Beyonce, and a few surprise new faces
As expected, it’ll be Adele versus Beyonce for Album, Record and Song of the Year at next year’s Grammy Awards.
But there were quite a few surprises in store when the nominees for the 59th annual Grammys were announced Tuesday morning.
New faces like alt-pop duo Twenty One Pilots, Danish pop rockers Lukas Graham, renegade country troubadour Sturgill Simpson and soulful singer-rapper Anderson Paak scored surprise nominations in the top four categories, edging out more established and acclaimed acts like David Bowie, Radiohead and Kanye West.
Beyonce, now the most Grammy-nominated artist in history, leads all artists with nine nominations in multiple fields, including pop (Hold Up), rock (Don’t Hurt Yourself), rap (Freedom) and film (her sumptuous visual album Lemonade). She and Adele will go head-to-head in four categories, including the top three and Best Pop Solo Performance (Hello versus Hold Up).
Other top nominees include Drake (8 nominations), Kanye West (8), Rihanna (8), Chance the Rapper (7), Adele (5) and Twenty One Pilots (5).
Considered a sentimental but deserving favorite for his acclaimed album Blackstar, Bowie earned four nominations, including Alternative Album and Rock Song and Performance. Also receiving posthumous nominations were Prince (Best Engineered Album for Hit N Run Phase 2); and country singer Joey Feek, who along with her husband Rory received a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album several months after her death from cervical cancer at age 40.
Here are the nominations for the top four Grammy categories:
Album of the Year: Adele, 25; Beyonce, Lemonade; Justin Bieber, Purpose; Drake, Views; Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Record of the Year: Adele, Hello; Beyonce, Formation; Lukas Graham, 7 Years; Rihanna and Drake, Work; Twenty One Pilots, Stressed Out
Song of the Year: Adele, Hello; Beyonce, Formation; 7 Years, Lukas Graham; I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Mike Posner; Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
Best New Artist: Kelsea Ballerini, the Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, Anderson Paak
The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 12 on CBS.
As always, it's fun to see which Grammy-nominated artists have concerts coming up in Tampa Bay. Here are some highlights:
-- The 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 17 at Amalie Arena will feature the Chainsmokers (Closer, Don't Let Me Down), Lukas Graham (7 Years) and Daya (Don't Let Me Down). Click here.
-- Crowder, nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, will perform at Winter Jam on Jan. 14 at Amalie Arena. Click here.
-- The Avett Brothers, who were nominated for Best Americana Album (True Sadness) and Best American Roots Performance (Ain't No Man) will perform at the USF Sun Dome on Feb. 3. Click here.
-- The Blind Boys of Alabama, who were nominated for Best American Roots Performance (Mother's Children Have a Hard Time), will perform alongside Richard Thompson at the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 14. Click here.
-- Loretta Lynn was nominated for Best Country Album for Full Circle; she'll be at the Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 17. Click here.
-- The Record Company, nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Give It Back To You), will perform at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival on Feb. 18. Click here.
-- Twenty One Pilots are performing at Amalie Arena on Feb. 28. That show is already sold out, though more tickets might be released in the future. Click here.
-- Willie Nelson scored a leftfield nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, but he might not sing many songs from it when he plays the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 3. Also playing this year's Strawberry Fest are nominees For King and Country (March 2) and Elle King (March 10). Click here.
-- Celtic Woman, nominees for Best World Music Album (Destiny), will perform at the Straz Center on March 5. Click here.
-- Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant, nominees for Best Rock Album (Tell me I'm Pretty), will headline the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival on March 11. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin